School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Annette Kuhn, BA (Econ), MA, PhD


Emeritus Professor in Film Studies



Annette Kuhn is Emeritus Professor in Film Studies at Queen Mary, a Fellow of the British Academy, and a Member of the European Academy. Her previous academic posts were at the Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University and in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. She holds degrees in Sociology at the Universities of Sheffield and London and has held Fellowships and Visiting Professorships at the Australian National University's Humanities Research Centre, at Mount Holyoke College (as Fulbright Senior ResearchScholar), and at Stockholm University. She was an editor of the journal Screen for many years, directed the ESRC-funded project ‘Cinema Culture in 1930s Britain’, and convened the Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience (T-PACE) study group. She writes on film history, on object-relations psychoanalysis and film theory, and on cultural memory in relation to photography and cinema. Publications on cultural memory include An Everyday Magic: Cinema and Cultural Memory (2002); Family Secrets: Acts of Memory and Imagination (2002); Locating Memory: Photographic Acts (2006, co-edited with Kirsten Emiko McAllister); and a special issue of Memory Studies on cinemagoing experience and memory (2017, co-edited with Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers). She is co-author ,with Queen Mary colleague Guy Westwell, of the Oxford Dictionary of Film Studies (2012) and is currently working with Guy on a 2nd edition.



Selected publications:      

  • (edited with Daniel Biltereyst and Philippe Meers) Memory Studies vol.10, no.1, 2017. Special issue on Cinemagoing, Film Experience and Memory.
  • (edited) Little Madnesses: Winnicott, Transitional Phenomena and Cultural Experience. London: I.B. Tauris, 2013.
  • (with Guy Westwell) The Oxford Dictionary of Film Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • Ratcatcher. London: British Film Institute, 2008.
  • (edited with Kirsten Emiko McAllister) Locating Memory:Photographic Acts. Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2006.
  • Family Secrets:  Acts of Memory and Imagination. revised edition.  London:  Verso, 2002.
  • An Everyday Magic:  Cinema and Cultural Memory.  London:  I.B. Tauris, 2002. Published in the USA as Dreaming of Fred and Ginger: Cinema and Cultural Memory.  New York:  New York University Press, 2002.
  • (edited) Alien Zone II: the Spaces of Science Fiction Cinema. London: Verso, 1999..
  • (edited) Queen of the Bs: Ida Lupino Behind the Camera. Bradford-on-Avon: Flicks Books; New York: Praeger, 1995.
  • Women's Pictures: Feminism and Cinema, second edition.  London:  Verso, 1994.
  • (edited) Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema. London: Verso, 1990.
  • Cinema, Censorship and Sexuality.  London: Routledge, 1988.
  • The Power of the Image:  Essays on Representation and Sexuality.  London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1985