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Dr Nick Rees-Roberts

Dr Nick Rees-Roberts

Dr Nick Rees-Roberts
BA(Oxon), DPhil(Sus)

Senior Lecturer

Area of research

Film, Media and Cultural Studies

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Dr Nick Rees-Roberts is a Senior Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies in the French Department in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. His research explores fashion design, imagery and media; film and moving image; and questions of cultural representation. His current research focuses on Fashion Film (digital moving image, advertising and documentary film/television) and on contemporary men's fashion and the creative economy of menswear.

His most recent book is a co-edited collection with Dr Darren Waldron, Alain Delon: Style, Stardom and Masculinity, published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2015.

His current interdisciplinary project focuses on the history, culture and mediation of fashion with particular emphasis on the relationship between fashion and moving image. This includes a book Fashion Film: Art, Advertising, Documentary, to be published by Bloomsbury in early 2017. Recent publications include a chapter on fashion, consumption and globalization in Brazil for the edited volume Fashion Cultures Revisited and articles on contemporary designers Hedi Slimane and Raf Simons in the journal Fashion Theory.

Alongside this research in fashion studies, Dr Rees-Roberts has an established research profile in contemporary French film and media-culture with particular emphasis on questions of 'race', gender and sexuality. French Queer Cinema, his first monograph, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2008 and re-issued in 2014. This was followed by Homo exoticus: race, classe et critique queer, co-written by Maxime Cervulle, published by Armand Colin and INA (Institut national de l’audiovisuel) in Paris in 2010. Homo exoticus examined questions of 'race' and queer sexuality in contemporary French popular culture, media and public debate. Press coverage for the book included interviews and reviews in Le Monde and Libération in 2010, and a Turkish-language translation, Homo exoticus: Irk, Sinif ve Queer Elestiri was published by Ekslibris in 2015.

Future publications will include a critical biography of Yves Saint Laurent, and various academic articles examining transmission and innovation in 21st century Paris Fashion through a case study of Nicolas Ghesquière's designs for Balenciaga (1997-2012); the question of style and fashionability in the cinema of Xavier Dolan; and sixties heritage and vintage style in contemporary European cinema.


Dr Nick Rees-Roberts is a Senior Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies in the Department of French in the School of Modern Languages, University of Bristol He has a BA (Hons) in Modern Languages from Oxford University and a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex.

Before being appointed to a lectureship at Bristol in 2007, Dr Rees-Roberts was an associate lecturer in English, Film and Media Studies in France (2002-7) teaching at the Universities of Nancy II, Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and Paris-Dauphine, and at the CELSA, University of Paris IV (Sorbonne).



Dr Nick Rees-Roberts teaches Film (French, European and World Cinemas) and Cultural Studies (Introduction to the Study of Cultures; Fashion Cultures) across the BA programmes in Modern Languages, as well as contributing to the MA programme in Comparative Literatures and Cultures in the School of Modern Languages. He also teaches final year French Language at undergraduate level.


Nick would be delighted to hear from potential students interested in postgraduate research (MPhil or PhD) in cinema, media, critical and cultural theory, fashion studies, gender and sexuality studies, or comparative literary and cultural studies.

Postgraduate teaching and supervision for the MA in Comparative Literatures and Cultures:

  • Theories of Visual Culture: Text and Image
  • European Cinemas: National or Transnational
  • Constructing Identities
  • Research Methodologies

Undergraduate teaching in film and cultural studies on the BA Modern Languages:

  • Introduction to the Study of Cultures
  • World Cinemas: from the National to the Transnational
  • Reading the Media
  • French Cinema: Aesthetics, Genres and Histories
  • Contemporary French Cinema
  • Fashion Cultures
  • Gender and Sexuality in French Film
  • Shaping Contemporary France
  • French Literary and Visual Cultures


  • Film Screen Media Fashion Design Critical and Cultural Theory Identity Gender Sexuality Queer Theory



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