Staff Directory

Last Updated

09/10/2017

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01522 83 5472
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University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN6 7TS
United Kingdom

About Chris O'Rourke

I am a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television History, based in the Lincoln School of Film and Media and the School of History and Heritage. My research focuses on the history of cinema in Britain, especially during the early twentieth century. I am also interested in film exhibition, cinema-going, and representations of gender and sexuality in film, including histories of LGBTQ cinema. Before joining Lincoln in 2016, I studied at the University of Cambridge, and was a postdoctoral Research Associate and Teaching Fellow at University College London. My first book, Acting for the Silent Screen: Film Actors and Aspiration between the Wars, was published in 2017. I also developed the online resource London’s Silent Cinemas (www.londonssilentcinemas.com), which includes essays and interactive maps about the history of film exhibition and cinema-going in London between 1906 and 1930. I am currently co-editing a book about representations of London on film, and researching representations of gender-crossing in early British cinema.

Department Responsibilities

I teach a number of modules in the Film and Television and History BA programmes, and I am a Personal Tutor for History students. I am also on the Working Group for the Media Archive for Central England (MACE). My office is in the MHT Building, Room MC2125. My office hours for Semester A 2017-18 are 11am-12pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Subject Specialism

British Cinema; Early and Silent Cinema; Film Exhibition; Gender and Sexuality; LGBTQ Film History

Qualifications

  • PhD — University of Cambridge, 2012
  • MPhil — University of Cambridge, 2007
  • BA (Hons) — University of Cambridge, 2005

Orcid ID

0000-0001-6405-4874

Research Interests

  • British Cinema

  • Cinema-going

  • Early and Silent Cinema

  • Film Exhibition

  • Gender and Sexuality

  • LGBTQ Film History

  • London on Film

Research Projects

  • Male Cross-Dressing on Stage and Screen: Gender, Sexuality and Performance in Britain, 1896-1939 — awarded £450 by Society for Theatre Research in 2017
  • London’s Silent Cinemas — awarded £750 by UCL Public Engagement Unit in 2015

Research in the Lincoln Repository


Professional Affiliations

  • Higher Education Academy — Fellow