Research Aims

The aim of this project is to bring together an international network of scholars in order to address questions of the child and nation in the context of world cinemas.

World cinema is understood not as a commercial label but as a discursive site for the mapping and remapping of local, national and transnational understandings of both child and nation and for the exploration of themes of belonging, encounter and experience as well as agency and representation.

This research project will interrogate how far the image of the child in modern cinema transcends, ignores, contradicts or is deeply embedded in the concept of nationhood.

This is not a study of national cinemas but it does explore where cinema makes the child a national avatar or metonym for a concept of national belonging, intra-national encounter, or dissolution. The complex relations between national borders, language and political cultures are likely to produce conflicted representations of the national subject, all of which require politically and culturally informed and nuanced readings of filmic text. This project aims to produce such readings.


Impact and Engagement Aims

Scholars, filmmakers, postgraduates, and school students are invited to share their ideas and expertise with the research network through seminars, master-classes and workshops held in the UK, China and Australia.

By incorporating such a broad range of individuals engaged in learning and education, the network mitigates barriers between levels of research (school-child to scholar), between approaches to film scholarship (theoretical and hands-on) and across the incommensurabilities and affordances of linguistic difference.

An important ethical component of the Network’s vision is genuine collaboration through mentorship amongst scholars at different career stages, and involvement of the research subject (children) within the scholarly encounter. Direct engagement with the real of children’s experience and its relations to film in the fraught encounter between youth, politics and idealization, is central to this vision.

Children and researchers will together explore viewing and agency (with a focus on belonging and home) in relation to nationhood. The work will include filmmaking by and with children.


Steering Committee

Professor Annette Kuhn, Department of Film Studies, Queen Mary, University of London.

Professor David Martin-Jones, Department of Film Studies, University of Glasgow.

Professor Catherine Driscoll, Department of Gender and Cultural Theory, University of Sydney.








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