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PhD projects

Gothic / horror, science fiction, fantasy in and across media and literature. Representations of history in media and literature. History of media, particularly in the UK.

20092019

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Personal profile

Teaching

MA in Media and Broadcast Production

Media and Broadcast Analysis

Broadcasting Genre

Dissertations

 

BA Broadcast Production

Broadcast Analysis I

Broadcast Analysis II

Popular Broadcast Genres

Media and Time 

Dissertations

Research Statement

My research focuses on the history of genres within their industrial, social and cultural contexts, particularly concentrating on fantastic genres such as science fiction and horror as represented on television. My doctoral thesis examined the origins of British television science fiction, covering all of the productions broadcast between 1936 and the arrival of commercial television in 1955. More recently, I have been exploring the links between genres and seasonality, and between television and the seasons, leading to my monograph on seasonal horror for Palgrave entitled Haunted Seasons: Television Ghost Stories for Christmas and Horror for Halloween, a special issue of the Journal of Popular Television on television seasonality, and a dossier for the same journal specifically on Christmas television. 

I am also interested in the broad field of investigating popular culture and its expressions, and how these relate to cultural change. I am particularly interested in ideas of identity, nostalgia, history, and the usefulness of genres which put some distance between the everyday and the narrative, such as science fiction, horror, and historical dramas.

Research Interests

Television; Radio; Film; Genre; Science fiction; Horror; Telefantasy; Historical drama; Nostalgia; Identity

 

Memberships

Centre for Public History, Queen's University Belfast - https://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforPublicHistory/

International Gothic Association

International Association for Media and History

Society of Authors

Other

Research Opportunities

Gothic / horror, science fiction, fantasy in and across media and literature.

Representations of history in media and literature.

History of media, particularly in the UK.

Previous Doctoral Supervisions

Dr Portia Ellis-Woods, ‘BBC Northern Ireland Drama and Features Programming 1924-1956: Development, Identity, and Cultural History’, 2014-2018

http://go.qub.ac.uk/DerekJohnston

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Research Output

Gothic Britain: Dark Places in the Provinces and Margins of the British Isles (2018) Edited by William Hughes and Ruth Heholt

Johnston, D., 01 Jan 2019, In : Fantastika Journal. 3, 1, p. 73-76

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Open Access

Book Review: Sounds of Fear and Wonder: Music in Cult TV, Janet K.Halfyard (2016)

Johnston, D., 01 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Popular Television. 6, 1, p. 140-142 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Christmas television

Johnston, D., 01 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Popular Television. 6, 1, p. 81-84 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
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Landscape, season and identity in Ghost Story for Christmas

Johnston, D., 01 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Popular Television. 6, 1, p. 105-118 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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    Prizes

    Eaton Fellowship 2015/16

    Derek Johnston (Recipient), 01 Jan 2016

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    Gothic Association of New Zealand and Australia

    Derek Johnston (Participant)
    22 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Revenant: Critical and Creative Studies of the Supernatural (Journal)

    Derek Johnston (Peer reviewer)
    Jan 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    University of Wales Press (Publisher)

    Derek Johnston (Peer reviewer)
    04 Sep 201909 Oct 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Women and Indian Shakespeares

    Derek Johnston (Participant)
    30 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Horror Studies (Journal)

    Derek Johnston (Peer reviewer)
    Jan 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

    Press / Media

    Writing and Rewriting Broadcast Traditions

    Derek Johnston

    11/12/2017

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities