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Oliver Carter

Lecturer in Media and Cultural Theory

Birmingham School of Media

Email:
oliver.carter@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)121 331 5469
Areas of Expertise
  • Fan Production
  • Media Education
  • Paracinema: particularly European Cult Cinema
  • Porn Cultures
Biography

Oliver Carter is a lecturer in media and cultural theory and also a member of the Centre for Media and Cultural Research at the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University. He is both a fan and researcher of Euro-Cult cinema, having recently completed his doctoral thesis: Making European cult cinema: fan production in an alternative economy. He is the convenor of the modules Creativity in the Media, Media Culture and Popular Culture. He is also a contributing author to the book Media Studies: Text, Production and Consumption (Pearson Education).

Social Media/Websites

Oliver Carter's blog

Research

In addition to his doctoral thesis, which focused on the cultural and economic processes of European cult cinema fan production, Oliver Carter's recent work has included research into fantrepreneurship, online file-sharing communities, fan filmmaking, the British hardcore pornography industry, radio documentary and media education. In collaboration with research centre member Dr Simon Barber, Oliver Carter is also developing the Video Cultures research project, which investigates different aspects of cult film consumption.

Postgraduate Supervision

Oliver Carter supervises doctoral students primarily in the area of fandom and cult media. He is both a fan and researcher of European cult cinema, his doctoral thesis: Making European cult cinema: fan production in an alternative economy, focusing on how fans culturally and economoically produce fandoms. He has recently published work on online file-sharing communities, Italian cult cinema, fan film production and radio documentary production. He is currently pursuing research into cult film preservation and distribution, looking at the role fans play as archvists of cult film and how cult film labels approach releasing film in the digital age. Oliver is also beginning work that intends to historicise the British hardcore pornography film industry and how it was culturally and economically produced.

Oliver is keen to attract students who wish to work on projects related to cult film fandom, fan production and fan enterprise, digital piracy, online file-sharing communities, porn studies and cult film preservation.

As part of the Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership BCU offers doctoral studentships in all these areas.

Publications

'Making European cult cinema: fan production in an alternative economy', Birmingham City University, 2013 (PhD).

'Riproduzione e distribuzione del genere giallo sui siti Torrent', ('Sharing All'Italiana - The Reproduction and Distribution of the Giallo on Torrent File-Sharing Websites), in The Piracy Effect, Braga and Caruso, (forthcoming 2013).

Contributing Author, 'Broadcasting in Developing Countries', UNESCO (forthcoming 2013).

"Sound and Vision" Radio Documentary, Fandom and New Participatory Cultures', [with Sam Coley], in The Music Documentary: Acid Rock to Electropop, Halligan, Edgar, Fairclough-Issacs, 2013.

'Slash Production': Objectifying the Serial 'Killer', in Euro-Cult Cinema Fan Production, Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture, MacDonald, 2013.

Contributing Author, Media Studies: Texts, Production and Context, 2009, Pearson Education, textbook and supplementary pedagogical resources. ISBN 0131275615

Conferences

'Makin' Whoopee: Historicising the British Hardcore Pornography Film Industry', Gorizia Spring School, International Film Studies Spring School, Gorizia, Italy, March 12-21 2013.

'The Fantom Kiler: Hardcore British fan re-interpretations of the Italian giallo film', Gorizia Summer School, International Film Studies Spring School, Gorizia, Italy, March 23-29 2012.

'The Remediation of Cult Film in Online Communities', [co-presented with Simon Barber], Online Mainline, Birmingham City University, 15 September 2011.

'The Agency of the Amateur Archivist in Online Communities', [co-presented with Simon Barber], Transforming Audiences 3, Westminster University, 1-2 September 2011.

'CineTorrent: Remediating Cult Images in Online Communities', [co-presented with Simon Barber], CineExcess V, Odeon Covent Garden, 26-28 May 2011.

'Student to Scholar: Developing Vital Academic Skills on the Journey from Further Education Through Higher Education', Media Education Summit, Birmingham City University, 7-8 September 2010.

'Sound and Vision', Radio Documentary, Fandom and New Participatory Cultures, [co-presented with Sam Coley], Sights and Sounds: Interrogating the Music Documentary Conference, University of Salford, 3-4 June 2010.

'Critical Autonomy and Applied Theory in Media Education: Addressing the Problem of Student Transition', [co-presented with Faye Davies], MeCCSA/AMPE Annual Conference, London School of Economics, 7-9 January 2010.

'The Fans Reserved 25 Copies - Euro-Cult Cinema Fan Production', Transforming Audiences 2.0, Westminster University, 2-3 September 2009.

'Tackling the expansion of Media Studies in relation to media literacy and education', [co-presented with Faye Davies], MeCCSA/AMPE Annual Conference, Coventry University, 10-12 January 2007.