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Claire Molloy

Claire Molloy

Claire Molloy is Professor of Film, Television and Digital Media, Director of the Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) and Director of the Centre for Human Animal Studies (CfHAS).

Her research interests focus on the critical junctures between media, film and Animal Studies; (un)sustainable consumption; eco-media; American cinema; activism; and, film and politics.

Her recent publications include the books Memento (2010), Popular Media and Animals (2011), Beyond Human: From Animality to Transhumanism (2012) and American Independent Cinema: indie, indiewood and beyond (2013). She is currently co-editing The Routledge Companion to Film and Politics. In addition, her recent work on popular depictions of animal cruelty, industrial-economic analysis of commercial wildlife films, a history of independent nature films, news coverage of dangerous dogs, representations of nature in commercial feature films, farmed animals product advertising, and neoliberal aesthetics have been published in various edited collections and journals.

Her research on news media discourses and the UK coastline forms one of four case studies on non-monetary valuations of nature (WP5) for the National Ecosystem Assessment (2013) and she is a contributing author to a guide on deliberative methods for non-monetary valuations of nature for policy-makers and key decision-makers (2014). She is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, serves on the Vegan Society Academic Advisory Committee and the Minding Animals International Programme Committee, and is an advisor to the Animal History Museum. In addition to reviewing for fourteen different publishers and journals and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Claire is Consultant Editor for the Journal of Animal Ethics and on the Advisory Board for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series on Animal Ethics.

Her current research examines various aspects of sustainable ethical food production, particularly where these relate to media regulation, meat and dairy consumption, and the tensions between sustainable consumption and neoliberal constructions of consumer pleasure. She is involved in research on women and wildlife filmmaking, media discourses on animal sentience and she continues to write about Christopher Nolan’s films.

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