Professor Martin Barker
BA Philosophy (Liverpool) 1967, DPhil Cultural Studies (University of the West of England) 1993
Phone: 01970 622828
Fax: 01970 622831
Emeritus Professor of Film and Television Studies
In the last two decades the primary focus of my research has been on film audiences. My research has covered audience responses to, and understandings of, films as diverse as Judge Dredd, Crash, Straw Dogs, and Being John Malkovich. I directed the international project on the reception of the film of The Lord of the Rings, and most recently directed a project funded by the British Board of Film Classification into audience responses to screened sexual violence. I have side-line interests in a range of topics, including such topics as the history of the Iwo Jima image, and film failures. I also retain an active interest in various aspects of film history and textual form, and continue to collaborate with Roger Sabin (University of the Arts, London) into the continuing history of Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans. I was founder, and am co-editor (with Sue Turnbull, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia) of the online audience studies journal Participations.
I have been engaged in work within the broad cultural studies sphere since 1969, at various times exploring the cultural and ideological aspects of racism, and children’s comics, addressing curricular issues in the field, and engaging in debates on topics around censorship, the control of culture, and the operation of ‘figures of the audience’ within public and policy debates.
Martin Barker took up his post as Professor of Film and Television Studies in January 2001. He has previously worked for 29 years at the University of the West of England, where he became Head of School of Cultural Studies, and then for two years as Reader in Media Studies at the University of Sussex.
Alien Audiences: Remembering and Evaluating a Classic Movie. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke2015.
Changing lives, challenging concepts: Some findings and lessons from the Lord of the Rings project. International Journal of Cultural Studies 12 (4) pp. 375. Cadair2009.
Lord of The Rings database user guide. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University Cadair2008.
Report for the British Board of Film Classification on viewers of the Lord of the Rings, aged under 16. British Board of Film Classification Cadair2008.
The Pleasures of Watching an “Off-beat” Film: The Case of Being John Malkovich. Scope : an Online Journal of Film Studies2008.
'Seeing The Promised Land From Afar: The Perception of New Zealand by Overseas The Lord of the Rings Audiences. How We Became Middle-earth: A Collection of Essays on The Lord of the Rings. Walking Tree Publishers pp. 10-28. Cadair Other2007.
The Books, the DVDs, the Extras and Their Lovers. In M. Barker, E. Mathijs (eds), Watching The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien's World Audiences . Media and Culture Peter Lang, New York pp. 83-102.2007.
De mondiale receptie van The Lord of the Rings: Een methodologische uitdaging. Tijdschrift voor Communiatiewetenschap 34 (1) pp. 7-27.2006.
I have seen the future and it is not here yet ...: Or, on being ambitious for audience research. In I. Charpentier (ed), Comment sont Recųes les Oeuvres? Éditions Créaphis, Paris pp. 27-42.2006.
Making Middle-earth Sound Real: The Cultural Politics of the BBC Radio Edition. In E. Mathijs (ed), The Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context. Columbia University Press, London pp. 61-70.2006.
On being a 1960s Tolkien reader. In E. Mathijs, M. Pomerance (eds), From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings. Contemporary Cinema Brill, Amsterdam pp. 81-100.2006.
News, Reviews, Clues, Interviews and Other Ancillary Materials: A Critique and Research Proposal. Scope : an Online Journal of Film Studies2004.
Contemporary Hollywood Stardom. Taylor & Francis2003.
The Newson Report: A case study in "common-sense". In W. Brooker, D. Jermyn (eds), The Audience Studies Reader. Taylor & Francis, London pp. 74-90.2002.
Ill Effects: The Media-Violence Debate. Communication and Society 2nd edn, Taylor & Francis2001.
Introduction: From bad research to good – a guide to the perplexed. In M. Barker, J. Petley (eds), Ill Effects: The Media/Violence Debate. Communication and Society 2nd edn, Taylor & Francis, Lonodn pp. 1-26.2001.
On the problems of being a "trendy travesty". In M. Barker, J. Petley (eds), Ill Effects: The Media/Violence Debate. 2nd edn, Taylor & Francis, Lonodn pp. 202-224.2001.
Reflections on "The Problems with Racism". In P. Essed, D. Goldberg (eds), Race Critical Theories: Text and Context. Wiley, Oxford pp. 471-480.2001.
The Crash Controversy: Censorship Campaigns and Film Reception. Wallflower Press Cadair2001.
From Antz To Titanic: Reinventing Film Analysis. Pluto Press2000.
Reply to Brereton’s review of From Antz To Titanic. Film Philosophy 4 (27)2000.
Bleak futures by proxy. In R. Maltby, M. Stokes (eds), Identifying Hollywood’s Audiences: Cultural Identity and the Movies. BFI Publishing, London pp. 162-174.1999.
Fredric Wertham: The sad case of the unhappy humanist. In J. Lent (ed), Pulp Demons: International Dimensions of the Postwar Anti-Comics Campaign. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press1999.
Getting a conviction: Or, how the British horror comics campaign only just succeeded. In J. Lent (ed), Pulp Demons: International Dimensions of the Postwar Anti-Comics Campaign. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press1999.
Audiences R Us. In R. Dickinson, O. Linné, R. Harindranath (eds), Approaches to Audiences. Taylor & Francis1998.
Film audience research: Making a virtue out of necessity. IRIS 26 pp. 131-148.1998.
Knowing Audiences: Judge Dredd, its Friends, Fans and Foes. John Libbey Publishing1998.
On looking into Bourdieu’s black box. In R. Dickinson, O. Linné, R. Harindranath (eds), Approaches to Audiences. Foundations in Media Taylor & Francis pp. 218-232.1998.
Ill Effects: The Media-Violence Debate. 1st edn, Taylor & Francis1997.
Taking the extreme case: Understanding a fascist fan of Judge Dredd. In D. Cartmell, H. Kaye, I. Hunter, I. Whelehan (eds), Trash Aesthetics: Popular Culture and its Audience. Pluto Press pp. 14-30.1997.
The Lasting of the Mohicans: History of an American Myth. Studies in Popular Culture University Press of Mississippi1996.
Drawing attention to the image: Computers and comics. In M. Lister (ed), The Photographic Image in Digital Culture. Comedia Taylor & Francis pp. 188-213.1995.
Very nearly in front of the children: The story of Alternity. In C. Bazalgette, D. Buckingham (eds), In Front Of The Children: Screen Entertainment and Young Audiences. BFI Publishing pp. 201-216.1995.
Violence. Sight and Sound pp. 10-14.1995.
On seeing how far you can see: The fans of "Judge Dredd". In D. Buckingham (ed), Reading Audiences: Young People and the Media. Manchester University Press pp. 159-183.1993.
Lost directions?: Cultural studies and the turn to ethnography. In B. Musgrove, R. Snow-McLean (eds), Signifying Others: Selected Papers from the Second Cultural Studies Association of Australia Conference. University of Southern Queensland Press pp. 1-6.1992.
Reading into Cultural Studies. Taylor & Francis1992.
Action - The Story of a Violent Comic. Titan Books1990.
Comics: Ideology, Power and the Critics. Cultural Politics Manchester University Press1989.
Television and the miners’ strike. Media, Culture and Society 10 (1) pp. 107-112.1988.
Mass media studies and the question of ideology. Radical Philosophy 46 pp. 27-33.1987.
A Haunt of Fears: The Strange History of the British Horror Comics Campaign. Pluto Press1984.
The Video Nasties: Freedom and Censorship in the Arts. Pluto Press1984.
Empiricism and racism. Radical Philosophy 33 pp. 6-15.1983.
Methods for cultural studies students. In D. Punter (ed), Introduction to Contemporary Cultural Studies. Longman1983.
Scarman and the language of racism. International Socialism 18 pp. 108-125.1983.
Biology and ideology: The uses of reductionism. In S. Rose (ed), Against Biological Determinism. Allison & Busby pp. 9-29.1982.
Human biology and the possibility of socialism. In J. Mepham, D. Ruben (eds), Issues in Marxist Philosophy. Harvester Press pp. 43-82.1981.
The New Racism: Conservatives and the Ideology of the Tribe. Junction Books1981.
Kant as a problem for Weber. British Journal of Sociology 31 (2) pp. 224-245. 10.2307/5896891980.