Projects per year
My primary research activities explore the political dimensions of sound and music in international film, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan African cinemas. I am also interested in the aesthetic, cultural and political aspects of ‘world cinema’, and I am currently researching recent transformations in international film distribution and culture. My broader interests include postcolonialism and film, Third Cinema, diasporic cinemas, the national/trans-national, and authorship. Additionally, I am always interested in projects that investigate how cross-cultural and/or cross-disciplinary readings of cinema inform established debates in film studies.
I carried out my doctoral research on African cinema at the University of Ulster under Professor Paul Willemen, having completed an MA in Film and Television Studies and a BA in Film and Literature at the University of Warwick.
- AHRC Research Network Grant - two-year project ‘World Cinema On Demand’ (2012-1014)
- External Examiner, English and Media Writing, Southampton Solent University (2007-2011)
- Formerly Subject Lead for Film (3 years, 2011-2014)
Sound and music in world film (esp. their political dimensions); sub-Saharan African cinema; cinema in postcolonial contexts; national cinemas (esp. outside Europe and North America); Third Cinema; online distribution of world cinemas.
World Cinema On Demand: Global Film Cultures in the Era of Online Distribution (co-edited with Stefano Baschiera), in press, anticipated 2020.
‘Reclaiming Josephine Baker in the Filmic Ethnomusicology of Djibril Diop Mambéty’, Music and the Moving Image, 12:2, July 2019, pp. 3-19.
‘African Cinema On Demand? The Politics of Online Distribution and the Case of the African Film Library’, The Journal of African Media Studies, 10(3), Sept. 2018, pp. 239-250.
‘Vocal Spaces and Oral Traces: Voice-Over, Orality and Ousmane Sembene’s Early Postcolonial Critique’ in Tom Whittaker and Sarah Wright (eds.), Locating the Voice in Film (London: Oxford University Press), 2016, pp. 209-225.
'Ousmane Sembene: An Aesthetic Appreciation in the Light of HD', Viewfinder 104, 2016.
‘Modes of Griot Inscription in African Cinema’, The Journal of African Media Studies, 8:1, Sept. 2016, pp. 5-16.
‘Scoring African Cinema’ in Blandine Stefanson and Sheila Petty (eds.), The Directory of World Cinema: Africa (Bristol: Intellect), 2015) pp. 41-46.
‘Aristotle’s Plot: A Refusal to “Find” African Cinema?’ in David Murphy and Lizelle Bisschoff (eds.) Africa’s Lost Classics: New Histories of African Cinema (Oxford: Legenda), 2014, pp. 139-145.
‘Between “the Housewife” and the “Philosophy Professor”: Music, Narration, and Address in Ousmane Sembene’s Xala’, Visual Anthropology, 24:4, July-Sept. 2011, pp. 306-317.
‘Funding, Ideology, and the Aesthetics of the “Development Film” in Postcolonial Zimbabwe’, The Journal of African Cinemas, 2:2, Winter 2010, pp. 111-120.
‘Med Hondo’s Sarraounia: The Musical Articulation of Cultural Transformation’, Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, 3:2, Autumn 2009, pp. 195-213.
FLM3024 Film and Music
FLM3007 Film Authorship
FLM2013 World Cinemas
FLM1005 Visual Studies: Theory and Practice
Vocal Spaces and Oral Traces: Voice-Over, Orality, and Ousmane Sembene's Early Post-Colonial CritiqueFisher, A., 26 Jan 2017, Locating the Voice in Film. Whittaker, T. & Wright, S. (eds.). London: Oxford University Press, p. 209-225 15 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter10 Downloads (Pure)
Fisher, A., Mar 2016, In: Journal of African Media Studies. 8, 1, p. 5-16 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Fisher, A., Nov 2014, Africa's Lost Classics: New Histories of African Cinema. Bisschoff, L. & Murphy, D. (eds.). Oxford: Legenda: Oxford, (Moving Image; vol. 5).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter