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Carter, Professor Erica


Film Studies Department
Kings College London
United Kingdom

Biography

"Erica Carter began her academic career at the University of Birmingham working across German and Cultural Studies, the latter at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. She took time out of the academy in the mid-1980s to co-found, with Chris Turner, the translation cooperative Material Word. Following two subsequent years as Director of Talks at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, Erica returned to academic life in 1989, with posts at the University of Southampton (1989 - 1995), the University of Warwick (1995 - 2011), and King's College London (2011-). Erica has published extensively on German cinema and cultural history, including works on gender and consumption (How German is She? 1997), German cinema (The German Cinema Book, 2002), Third Reich film aesthetics (Dietrich’s Ghosts, 2004) and early film theory (Béla Balázs: Early Film Theory, 2010). She is currently working on a book project on 'life as melodrama' = a history of the place of cinema in expatriate and emigre communities in the British colonial territories during the early years of decolonisation and Cold War. Erica has held visiting fellowships at the University of the Witwatersrand (2015) and the Cinepoetics Center for Advanced Film Studies at the Free University Berlin (2017-). She is currently visiting Honorary Professor of German at the University of Nottingham; she chairs the UK German Screen Studies Network (GSSN), and is working via the GSSN with partners in Germany, Sweden and Hungary on a major collaborative research project on expanded audiovisual heritage. Erica Carter began her academic career as a PhD student at the University of Birmingham working across German and Cultural Studies, the latter at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. She took time out of the academy in the mid-1980s to co-found, with Chris Turner, the translation cooperative Material Word. One major translation was Klaus Theweleit's Männerphantasien/Male Fantasies. She then worked as Director of Talks at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, London, before taking academic posts at the University of Southampton (1989 - 1995) and Warwick (1995 - 2011). She has published extensively on German cinema and cultural history, including works on gender and consumption (How German is She? 1997), German cinema  (The German Cinema Book, 2002) and Third Reich film aesthetics (Dietrich’s Ghosts, 2004). Her current research focuses on the early film theory of Béla Balázs, and on German-speaking exile audiences in Britain and the Empire after 1933."  

Research Interest

"German-language cinema Film history and sensibility Gender and consumption Feminist cultural studies Expanded film heritage Cinema and the colonial subject"  

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