Dr Tanya Horeck is a Reader in Film, Media & Culture. She works on digital violence in contemporary film and media culture, with a particular interest in questions of affective labour and response. Her current work explores the complex processes by which violence is mediated across multiple online platforms. Her research interests include: rape culture and digital feminist activism, true crime, and viral videos of violence.

Dr Tina Kendall is Senior Lecturer in Film & Media Studies. Her research addresses questions of negative affect, violence, and spectatorship in contemporary cinema and media. Her current research project focuses on boredom, speed, and the attention and affect ecologies of twenty-first-century media.


Dr Sean Campbell is a Reader in Media and Culture and Research Convenor in Film and Media. He works on popular music in the digital era and is interested in questions of ethnicity, gender, music and new technologies.

Dr Martin Zeilinger is a Lecturer in Media Studies. His research focuses on critical and subversive uses of new media technologies, particularly in relation to issues of intellectual property, appropriation-based art practices, surveillance and privacy, creative computing and live coding, and digital games/storytelling. His interests include contemporary media art, sound art, hacker and maker culture, video game culture, media dystopias, digital financial technologies, and the political economy of new media.

Dr Mareike Jenner is a Lecturer in Media Studies. She works on contemporary television with a special interest in video-on-demand, binge-watching, and streaming services. She is currently researching a book under the working title ‘TV IV: Television and Video-on-Demand.’ 

Dr Simon Payne is Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. He is an experimental filmmaker, whose work has shown in cinemas, museums and galleries worldwide. His work typically explores fundamental aesthetics of digital imaging by way of incisive cutting, abstraction and colour fields. He has written widely on experimental film and video and occasionally curates film programmes.

Sarah Gibson Yates is a Lecturer in Film, Media and Writing. Her research interests centre on narrative making in fiction, film and digital contexts. With a background in film making, film programming and film production teaching, her research focuses on creative writing and digital technologies, with a special interest in young adult literature and worlds-based approaches to discourse. Her current research investigates how young people use text-as-world discourse to construct identities online and considers the impact this can have on their real world lives.

Jenny Nightingale is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. Jenny graduated from the MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art and is a creative practitioner and experimental animator.


ARCMedia will be hosting a symposium on Digital Violence at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on Saturday 4 November 2017. Our confirmed Keynote Speakers are Caetlin Benson-Allott (Georgetown University) and Eugenia Siapera & Debbie Ging (Dublin City University).

Please download and share our CFP here: Digital Violence Symposium 2017 ARU



ARCMedia presents Dr Kaitlynn Mendes' (University of Leicester) research talk:

It takes a lot of energy, it really does”: Feminist Organisers’ Experiences of Activism


In response to the current ‘feminist zeitgeist’ (Valenti 2014) in which feminism is more popular than perhaps it has ever been, and with the proliferation of digital feminist campaigns against harassment, misogyny and rape culture such as #yesallwomen and #bringbackourgirls, there is a growing body of research interested in digital feminist activism (Dimond et al. 2013; Horeck 2014; Puente 2011; Rapp et al. 2010; Rentschler 2014; Shaw 2011, 2012a, 2012b, 2012c; Thrift 2014). While this research undoubtedly sheds new light on digital feminist practices, few scholars have explored girls’ and women’s experiences engaging with digital platforms to challenge on and offline misogynistic practices. In response, this paper will provide key findings from a 21-month study funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, which sheds insights into various experiences of 17 feminist ‘organisers’ from the Everyday Sexism Project, Hollaback! and Who Needs Feminism? This research not only documents the highs and lows of feminist activism, but brings to light the personal toll and affective weight of this labour.

Where: Anglia Ruskin University, Rm 251 Helmore

When:  5-7pm, 26 April 2017

Dr Mendes' talk will be followed by a wine reception. All welcome!