Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Theory
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Dr. Oliver Carter is a senior lecturer in media and cultural theory at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Birmingham City University. His research focuses on alternative economies of cultural production; informal forms of industry that are often removed from a formal cultural industries discourse. He has published work that appears in Murders and Acquisitions: Representations of the Serial Killer in Popular Culture (A MacDonald, Ed.), The Piracy Effect (R. Braga and G. Caruso, Eds.), Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-It-Yourself, Do-It-Together (Sarah Baker, Ed) and is the author of the forthcoming monograph Making European Cult Cinema: Fan Enterprise in an Alternative Economy, published by Amsterdam University Press. He is currently co-editing a book about British media censorship and his recent research into the British adult film industry informs the forthcoming documentary about the British adult filmmaker Mike Freeman titled Hardcore Guaranteed (Rose Tinted Productions).
During his time at Birmingham City University, Oliver has developed and convened a number of modules across all levels of HE study, such as Popular Culture, Creativity in the Media, Media Culture, and Fandom, Subcultures and Cult Media. He convened the MA module Online Enterprise and Innovation, and is currently the Research Degrees Coordinator for Media and Cultural Studies. He supervises a range of PhD students, studying areas such as the Nollywood film industry, music documentary production for commercial radio, conflict sensitive journalism in Nigeria, fan vidding and the economics of hyperlocal journalism.