Alexander Fisher
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    Research Statement

    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.

    Selected publications

    ‘Reclaiming Josephine Baker in the Filmic Ethnomusicology of Djibril Diop Mambéty’, Music and the Moving Image, 12:2, forthcoming 2019.

    World Cinema On Demand: Global Film Cultures in the Era of Online Distribution (co-edited with Stefano Baschiera), in press, anticipated 2019.

    ‘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.



    -AHRC Research Network Grant - two-year project ‘World Cinema On Demand’ (2012-1014).
    -External Examiner, English and Media Writing, Southampton Solent University (2007-2011).

    Research Interests

    Sound and music in world film (esp. their political dimensions); sub-Saharan African cinemas; cinema in postcolonial contexts; national cinemas (esp. outside Europe and North America); Third Cinema; online distribution of world cinemas.


    Semester 1:

    FLM3007 Film Authorship

    FLM3024 Film and Music

    Semester 2

    On research leave throughout Semester 2, 2018-19.

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am particularly interested in PhD applications in the following areas:
    –Music in film
    –African cinemas
    –Cinema and diaspora
    -Film and migration
    -Cross-cultural approaches to film

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