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My research interests cover British cinema, film and history and regulation of the moving image. My work explores the relationship between film, culture and society and the means by which we regulate film and cinema.
I have published on British film and cinema, cinemagoing and audiences, regulation and classification and the work of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). My monographs include Censoring the 1970s: the BBFC and the Decade that Taste Forgot (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2011) and The British Film Industry in the 1970s: Capital, Culture and Creativity (Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
I have recently completed a monograph Using Film as a Source which details how film can be used as a source for different types of research. This work was published in June 2015 by Manchester University Press in conjunction with the Institute of Historical Research. It is the first in a series of pedagogical study guides aimed at undergradte and postgradute students and researchers.
My current research focuses upon local censorship and is drawing on a number of historical case studies to explore the regulation of film within different locations. The first findings of this work are to be published in The Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television in 2016.
Since 2010 I have been a member of the EUscreen project, an EU-funded consortium of academics, technology providers and European broadcasters and archives which has created a fully searchable online database of moving image content. The collection currently houses over 40,000 freely available items. www.euscreen.eu.
I currently convene and teach the following modules:
- Introduction to Film Studies 1 (FLM1001) level 1
- British Cinema: nation, industry and identity (FLM2026) level 2
- British Cinema: decades and debates (FLM3032) level 3
- Censorship, Regulation and Audiences (MA)
Ballymena, Bangor and Belfast: Hyper-Localism, Regional Decision-Making and Local Film Censorship in Northern IrelandBarber, S., 07 Apr 2021, (Early online date) In: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile1 Downloads (Pure)
Sam Edwards, Michael Dolski and Faye Sayer (eds), Histories on Screen: The Past and Present in Anglo-American Cinema and TelevisionBarber, S., Jan 2019, In: Journal of British Cinema and Television . 16, 1, p. 116-119 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review › peer-review
Barber, S., 22 Oct 2018, In: Historical Research. 91, 254, p. 791-809
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile39 Downloads (Pure)
Barber, S., 01 Dec 2016, In: Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. 36, 4, p. 587-603 17 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)233 Downloads (Pure)
Irish Film Institute series on British Cinema. Screening of 28 Days Later... and discussion of British horror cinema
Sian Barber (Participant)26 Mar 2019
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
Sian Barber (Host)11 Feb 2019
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
Franziska Schroeder (Participant), David Grant (Participant), Kurt Taroff (Participant), Cahal McLaughlin (Participant), Stefanie Lehner (Participant), Alex Murray (Participant), Sian Barber (Participant) & Paul Murphy (Participant)
Impact: Cultural Impact, Societial Impact