Dr Amy Holdsworth
Lecturer in Film and Television Studies
Following my post graduate studies at Leeds (Masters in Cultural Studies) and Warwick (PhD in Film and Television Studies) I came to Glasgow in September 2009 as a lecturer in Film and Television Studies. My research predominantly focuses on television theory and criticism but also engages with other interdisciplinary areas, including memory studies, disability studies and childhood studies.
Research and Teaching Interests
I am particularly interested in questions and discourses of care in relation to television texts and practices. This concern includes thinking about care as a mode of address (through, for example, charity telethons, pre-school television), the provision of screen media content for ‘cared for’ audiences (specifically people with disabilities, the very young and the very old) and the consumption or use of screen media in contexts of care. I have just published an article in the Journal of Popular Television that explores the implicit and explicit rhetorics of care within the remit and content of the UK pre-school children’s channel CBeebies. The article explores these rhetorics through a case study of Something Special (CBeebies 2003- ) to think through the address to and representation of the dis/abled child. I am hoping to expand my research in this area to investigate the provision of content for children with disabilities across the children’s media sector and to include development work with audiences. My other relevant research interest is connected to existing work I have done within memory studies and is focused on the politics of memory in the representation of dementia in film and television drama.