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Terence  McSweeney

Dr Terence McSweeney

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

023 8201 3943 ext. 3943 Room no. JM227


Dr Terence McSweeney is a senior lecturer in film and television studies at Solent University. He is widely recognised as one of the leading writers on contemporary American cinema. He has held research posts at the University of Oxford, Queen Mary University of London and the IAS (Institute of Advanced Studies) at UCL. He is the author of The War on Terror and American Film: ‘9/11 Frames per Second’ (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), Avengers Assemble! Critical Perspectives on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Wallflower Press, 2018), The Hurt Locker (Auteur Press, 2019) and The Contemporary Superhero Film (Short Cuts) (Wallflower Press, forthcoming). He is the editor of American Cinema in the Shadow of 9/11 (Edinburgh University Press, 2016), co-editor of Millennial Cinema: Memory in Global Film (Wallflower Press, 2012) and co-editor of Through the Black Mirror: Deconstructing the Side Effects of the Digital Age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) with Dr Stuart Joy, which features contributions from renowned scholars such as Henry Jenkins, Sean Redmond, Steffen Hantke, M. Keith Booker and many others.

Terence is a Senior Fellow of the HEA. In 2018 he won a Solent University STAR Teaching Award in the category of 'Excellent Feedback', and in 2019 was shortlisted for the Solent Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2018 he was the recipient of the 2019 Everett Helm Fellowship Prize at the Lilly Library, Indiana University.

He has been invited to speak at a range of locations including the BFI (British Film Institute), the British Library and UCL.

In 2019 Terence completed his first film, the 30-minute long documentary Blowback: The 9/11 Wars in Global Film (co-directed with former Solent student George Lee), a companion piece to Terence’s book of the same name which will be the first to explore how the defining conflicts of the new millennium have been portrayed on the frames of global screens. The film was screened at the Belfast Respect Human Rights Film Festival in October 2019 and closer to home at the Southampton International Film Festival (where it was nominated for three awards).

In January 2019 Terence will become a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he will continue his research into the relationship between film and society.

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