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    University of Lincoln
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    LN6 7TS
    United Kingdom

    Dr Sarah Barrow

    Deputy Head of College

    College of Arts Executive Office
    College of Arts

    About Sarah Barrow

    I am Deputy Head of College of Arts, having been Head of the School of Film & Media at the University of Lincoln, UK for almost 7 years. During that time, I have overseen the growth of the School to 10 UG and PG programmes, over 1000 students and 80 staff, with a focus on the highest quality student and staff experience, and developing strong links with our award-winning graduates, industry and community partners. Prior to coming to Lincoln, I was Principal Lecturer in Film Studies and Head of Department of English, Communication, Film & Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

    In the 1990s, I worked at the Cambridge Arts Cinema as one of the first venue-based film education officers, and while there I set up a production company which focused on making films with under-privileged young people. I was one of the founding members of the Board of the Cambridgeshire Film Consortium, a film education initiative funded by the UK Film Council, and am committed to a range of media literacy and education projects in Lincoln and beyond. I am also on the UoL Board of Governors, the Board of the Media Archives of Central England, am a Trustee of Lincoln Drill Hall (performing arts), and also of the English & Media Centre (London-based national charity). I was on the Advisory Group of the major AHRC-funded Academic Book of the Future Project (2014-16) and initiated several of the associated activities linked to better understanding research as practice and collaborative learning.

    My main research interests are the development of Latin American cinemas (specifically Peruvian), and the impact of cultural events on place-making.

    Department Responsibilities

    As Deputy Head of College, I deputise for the PVC/Head of College and lead on cross-College projects linked to space, technical resources, special projects and some international development work. I represent the College on the Lincoln Culture and Arts Partnership and am the University lead on several creative projects which have been funded with major grants from the Arts Council: Frequency Festival of Digital Cultures (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) and the Magna Carta inspired project, that empowers young people to debate issues relating to their rights through art via a bespoke online platform, social media engagements and group activities with creative technologists and internationally renowned artists. Frequency Festival has been highlighted as a key case study as part of the AHRC Hidden Stories project on relationships between universities and the Creative and Cultural Sectors. In 2017 I’m leading the group working with the Woodland Trust on arts and engagement activity to commemorate Lincoln’s significant role in the Charter of the Forest during its 800th anniversary year.

    As Head of School, I managed and lead developments across a range of areas, aimed at and enhancing the student and staff experience, as well as working with colleagues to ensure that the School’s excellent reputation for professional practice and innovative, collaborative research was maintained.

    In 2011, ‘14 and ‘16 I was nominated by LSFM students for the UoLSU Staff Awards for Student Experience and Inspirational Teaching. I continue to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level in modules on film histories, theories and industries and contribute guest lectures on ‘World Cinemas’ to other modules, including on the impact and value of Film Festivals and transnational film funding schemes. Sarah supervises a range of research projects, currently on ‘Women and British Film’, ‘Chinese Documentaries’, ‘Japanese Horror and the transnational’ and Radio for ‘Children and Adolescents’. I welcome further enquiries, including from post-doctoral candidates and potential visiting scholars.

    I am a committed researcher with a significant number of high quality publications which are detailed elsewhere on this page.

    Subject Specialism

    Film Theories, Histories and Industries; Latin American Cinemas; Culture and Place-making


    • PhD, Hispanic Studies — University of Sheffield, 2007
    • MA/Diplôme European Media and Film Studies. Erasmus bursary awarde — Manchester/Burgundy dual award, 1992
    • BA/MA Modern and Medieval Languages: French and Spanish — University of Cambridge, 1991
    • Dissertation: ‘Representation of Gender in the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar’
    • Thesis title: ‘Peruvian Cinema, National Identity and Political Violence’


    • Frequency Festival of Digital Cultures £165,000 — Arts Council of England, 2017
    • Contemporary Peruvian Cinema — British Academy, 2016
    • - Magna Carta digital arts project: £450,000 — Arts Council of England; City & County Councils; Leverhulme, 2015
    • Random Encounters: Frequency Festival outdoor activities: £20,000 — Foyle Foundation, 2015
    • Frequency Festival of Digital Cultures £145,000 — Arts Council of England, 2014
    • Institute for Latin American Studies £2000 (2014)
    • Society for Latin American Studies £1000 (2011)
    • Joint Initiative for Studies in Latin America and the Caribbean £2000 (2011)
    • Henry Moore Travel Scholarship for independent study in France (1987)
    • Erasmus bursary to support MA study in France (1992-3)
    • Cambridge Rotary award for cultural exchange to Peru (1998)
    • Annual EU/Erasmus funding for teaching visits to Paris (1999-2008)
    • Research Development Fund Award, APU: £2k (2001)
    • (Visiting Scholarship at Filmoteca de Lima, Peru)
    • Research Award, School of Arts & Letters, APU: £2.5k (2004)
    • (Visiting Scholarship at Filmoteca de Lima, Peru)
    • Centrally-funded Sabbatical Award, APU: worth £12k (2005)
    • Sponsorship grant from Anglia Marketing for work with Cambridge Film Trust on a series of guest spea
    • Lincoln Challenge Fund, for range of Research projects/conference attendance
    • Part of team awarded funding from HEIF, Skillset and EU to support Film Production internships for s

    Professional Affiliations

    • British Film Institute Moving Image Research Registry
    • JISLAC Register (Joint Initiative for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean)
    • Member: Women in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (WISPS)
    • Member: Society for Cinema and Media Studies (Latino/s Caucus; Class Caucus; Film Festivals Scholarly Interest Group)
    • Member: Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS)
    • Member: Association for Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI)
    • Member: MeCCSA and BAFFTS

    External Activities and Consultancy

    Trustee of Lincoln Drill Hall (arts venue)
    Board Member of Media Archives of Central England (MACE)
    Member of Board of Trustees for English & Media Centre:
    Member of Project Advisory Board: AHRC Academic Book of the Future:
    Advisory Forum member for OCR (Creative Arts)
    Consultant for online journal iMex: Interdisciplinary Mexico, ISSN 2193-9756
    Cambridge Film Consortium: member of board of management from 2000-2010 (cinema education initiative with Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Screen East and local schools/community groups)
    Manuscripts Reviewer: Scope Online; Screen; International Journal of Cultural Policy; Media, Culture and Society; Transnational Cinemas; Palgrave, Polity; Open University Press/McGraw-Hill
    Advisor on Hispanic film for education programmes: London Film Festival; London Children’s Film Festival; Guildford Festival of Latin American Cinema
    Cambridge Film Festival: co-ordination of student internships; Q&A host
    Peer reviewer for AHRC Projects
    ‘Film Education’: guest lecturer for National Schools Film Week

    Research Group Memberships

    • Transnational Cinemas Special Interest Group (SCMS)
    • Friends of Peru Section - Latin American Studies Association
    • Practice Research Special Interest Group (BAFTSS)
    • Latino/a Caucus Society for CInema and Media Studies
    • Transnational Cinemas Special Interest Group (BAFTSS)

    Research Projects

    • Frequency Festival of Digital Cultures — Awarded £165,000 by Arts Council of England in 2017
    • Images of Peru: Cinema, Violence and Identit — Awarded £3,000 by Santander Mobility Scholarship scheme in 2016
    • Images of Peru: Cinema, Violence and Identity — Awarded £2,500 by British Academy’s Small Research Grants, 44th International Congress of Americanists in 2016
    • KTP: Radio Rampton — Awarded £107,200 by Technology Strategy Board/AHRC in 2015
    • AHRC Academic Book of the future: symposium and co_LAB workshop — Awarded £15,000 by AHRC (via UCL) in 2015
    • KTP: Mortons Media — Awarded £107,200 by Technology Strategy Board in 2014

    Research in the Lincoln Repository

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