Dr Helen Hughes
Helen Hughes studied for her BA and PhD at University College London and joined the Department of Linguistic and International Studies at the University of Surrey in 1994. Since then she has taught in different departments at the University moving from the School of Arts to her current position as Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in the School of Literature and Languages in 2015.
Areas of specialism
Film and the Environment
University roles and responsibilities
- Deputy Chair of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Ethics Committee
Affiliations and memberships
Helen Hughes' research focuses on documentary film and German-language cinema with a special emphasis on representations of the environment. She has published journal articles and chapters on West German cinema, experimental film, Kafka adaptations, GDR and new Austrian documentary cinema, and eco docs. She co-edited Deutschland im Spiegel seiner Filme (2000) and translated Alexander Kluge's Cinema Stories (2007) with Martin Brady. She has published a monograph Green Documentary (2014). Recently she edited a collection of essays with Catalin Brylla entitled Documentary and Disability (2017) and she is currently working on a project on documentary and nuclear power funded by a British Academy small grant.
Courses I teach on
Film Studies PHD
Postgraduate research supervision
I am currently principal supervisor for two projects in the School of Literature and Languages:
Ivan Mowse The role of non-fiction films about architecture in promoting and contesting the twentieth century mythology of the future
Laura Kim Transition to transnational: A formula-based approach to textual evolution in the violent scenes of South Korean cinema.
I supervised two projects to completion as principle supervisor in the School of Arts: