Ben is an academic and author interested in the intersections of film, philosophy and psychoanalysis.
Ben joined Middlesex University in 2018, having previously taught at King's College London, University of York, and University of Exeter.
PGCert HE (2020) University of Exeter
PhD Film Studies (2012) King's College London
MA Critical Methodologies (2008) King's College London
BA English with Film (2007) King's College London
Foundation Diploma Art and Design (Fine Art) (2004) Stafford College
Ben teaches on the BA Film programme at Middlesex.
His teaching interests include:
World cinema history
Screen praxis and political praxis
Constructions of race, class and gender/sexuality on screen
Ben is the author of a monograph on film noir, has published two edited collections on psychoanalysis and culture, and has written on film and theory in journals such as Studies in French Cinema and Screen. He is a member of the editorial board of Film-Philosophy.
Research interests include:
Film-philosophy and film theory
Psychoanalysis and cinema
Popular culture and ideology critique
Left Bank filmmakers
Contemporary European art cinema (e.g. Greek "weird wave")
Contemporary "quality" television (e.g. Game of Thrones, Hannibal)
Psychoanalysis in Our Time
An international research network facilitating dialogue between artists, academics and clinicians to investigate contemporary society, politics and culture through a psychoanalytic lens. Psychonalysis in Our Time has held conferences and events across Europe, with partners such as the National Maritime Museum, Gdansk and the Freud Museum, London. This project was funded by the Nordic Summer University.
Ben is a regular contributor to the British Film Institute's Philosophical Screens series of public events at BFI Southbank.