James Rendell

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Research interests

I'm an early career lecturer in creative industries and Industry Liaison Officer for the Media, Culture and Journalism Undergraduate programme. My research interests largely focus on screen media audiences and identity, fans meaning-making practices and participatory cultures, digital media technologies, cult media, and transnational media ecologies. I am also particularly interested in media inclusion and diversity including access to, and usage of, media - such as dementia-friendly cinema events - and textual representations - such as race, gender, and sexuality. 

I have also worked with a number of industry partners including: RNIB, Aardman and Fictioneers, The Democracy Box, and IJPR. Past projects include:

  • Research Fellow: Audience Research Audience of the Future project working in collaboration with Fictioneers on the Wallace and Gromit Big Fix Up.
  • Research Assistant: Sensory Impairment and Digital Technology Engagement, Swansea University (UK)/RNIB (UK)
  • Committee Board Member: Making Media Collaborative (AHRC), Cardiff University (UK)/Whitchurch College (UK)

I'm currently writing a sole-authored monograph on the rise of graphic horror television in the twenty-first century, examining the post-TV landscape and diverse transmedia practices.


Teaching interests

I am an early career Lecturer in Creative Industries who teaches on a number of modules including Contemporary Popular Television; Consumer Cultures; TV Drama; Media Audiences and Fandom; and Understanding Communication in the Creative Industries. I am also a supervisor for undergraduate students and PhD candidates. 



I am a HEA/Advance HE Fellow

Education/Academic qualification

Journalism, Film amd Media, BA (Hons)

Cult Film and Television, MA

Journalism, PhD, Exploring Abjection in Twenty-first Century ‘Quality’ TV Horror and the Abject Spectrums of its Online Fan Audiences

Fellow of HEA/Advance HE


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