Dr Nick Rees-Roberts is Lecturer in Film in the Department of French. His teaching and research focus on French cinema and contemporary culture, particularly queer cinema and theory, gender and sexuality studies, and the history, theory and culture of fashion. 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 and theory of fashion with particular emphasis on the relationship between fashion and film. This includes a book Fashion Film in the Digital Age to be published by Bloomsbury in 2016. Recent publications include a chapter on fashion design 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 cinema, culture and critical theory with particular emphasis on questions of identity, 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 2010. Homo exoticus examined questions of race and queer sexuality in contemporary French media-culture. Press coverage for the book included interviews and reviews in Le Monde and Libération.
Future publications will include 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 in the cinema of Xavier Dolan; and sixties heritage and vintage style in contemporary European cinema. Longer-term book projects will focus on The Reinvention of Paris Fashion; and on Queer Cinema in the 21st Century.
Dr Rees-Roberts 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 programmes in Film and Television Studies and 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 Film and Television Studies and the MA in Modern Languages:
- 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
Critical and Cultural Theory