School of Art and Design


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Dr Oliver Gruner

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA, BA (Hons)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer – Visual Culture
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3806
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  • Department: School of Art and Design
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries


I first joined Portsmouth in 2011, contributing lectures on Visual Culture history and theory. Since then I have taught across a range of modules, specialising in new media and film. My first degree was in English and Communication Studies and I have an MA and PhD in Film Studies. Over the past five years, my research has focused on cultural memory and, in particular, cinematic representations of the 1960s. I continue to explore issues related to memory, nostalgia and pop-culture portrayals of the recent past. 

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinator: “Technology and the Image”, a second year undergraduate course exploring the impact of new technologies on visual culture.
  • Lecturer: “Introduction to Visual Culture” (year one).
  • Third year Dissertation supervisor.
  • Coordinator: "Visual Culture: Research Paper" (year three).
    Third year "Visual Culture: Extended Research Project" supervisor.


My research explores cultural representations of the 1960s. I am particularly interested in the ways in which visual culture has intersected with broader US public debates on the legacy of the sixties. How are events and phenomena such as the Vietnam War, the counterculture, the civil rights and feminist movements “remembered”? What are the political implications of such memories? In general, I explore images and narratives produced by filmmakers, popular musicians and other cultural arbiters that revisit and reinterpret the sixties from a contemporary perspective.


Research profile

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