School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Alice Pember


Research - PhD



My research employs feminist film theory, political philosophy and dance studies to examine the politics of dance on screen. Focusing particularly on the dancing girls of Girlhood (2014), Catch Me Daddy (2014) and American Honey (2015), my thesis conducts close, phenomenological readings of the dance sequences in each of these films to suggest that the act of dance constitutes political rebellion for the precarious girl on screen.

I graduated from the University of Cardiff in 2014 with a degree in English Literature. I then undertook the MSt in Women’s Studies at the University of Oxford (St Hilda’s College), graduating in 2015. My MSt thesis adopted a phenomenological theoretical framework to examine the haptic appeal of Jan Švankmajer’s surrealist animation. During 2015-17 I undertook the Teach First programme, working as an English Teacher in Eastbourne. I am committed to the wider dissemination of scholarly research. To this end I have published my work in Arty magazine, The Iris Murdoch Review and written blogs for the Oxford Queer Studies Network. Upcoming conference presentations include Film-Philosophy 2018, BAFTSS 2018 and MLA 2019. I also organised the Moving Beyond Boundaries research seminar for the Centre for Film and Ethics.

My broader research interests include film-philosophy, screen dance, the film musical, social realist cinema, female auteurs and the chick flick.

For more information about my research please see my page and twitter feed @alpember.