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Dr Van Norris

  • Qualifications: PhD, MA, BA, PGcE
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer (Film, Media)
  • Address: Eldon Building, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth PO1 2DJ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 5790
  • Email: van.norris@port.ac.uk
  • Department: School of Media and Performing Arts
  • Faculty: Creative and Cultural Industries

Biography

I have worked at Portsmouth since 2003 and am Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. Previous to working within academia I worked as a successful freelancer film reviewer, between 1990-1993, in local radio, editing and presenting my own entertainment programme between 1997-1999 and, as parallel, worked in the mental health field.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach and co-ordinate a number of units across School of Media and Performing Arts (formerly School of Creative Arts, Film and Media) at undergraduate and postgraduate level in such areas as animation, comedy, graphic narratives and mainstream cinema and television. My teaching includes CORE Media first year unit, ‘Contemporary Media Events’ and second year core Film unit, ‘Critical Hollywood’. My units ‘Researching Animation’ (which has continued a history/’theory thread in the subject of animation since 2004), ‘Comedy: Culture and Form’ (again, which maintains within undergraduate study that has continually evolved since 2005) and ‘Analysing Comic Books’ (a L5 unit which examines graphic narratives and sequential art), are all highly distinctive and unique to SCAFM and have maintained an ongoing examination of popular and marginal forms at an academic level.

Research Interests

My research interests lie in animation history and theory, Classical and Post-Classical Hollywood animation and British cinema and television animation, American and British graphic narrative forms; British and American comedy forms - sitcom and stand up comedy; and mainstream and independent American and British cinema.

Publications

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Presentations

  • (2010, July). 'In the City': Animating 21st Century Britain - 'Animation Evolution'. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society of Animation Studies Conference: ‘Animation Evolution’, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland UK.
  • (2010, June). 'Them come from Tipton...they take it dead serious up there...': Negotiating 21st Century TV Animation Representation. Paper presented at the meeting of NECS European Conference: 'Urban Mediations', Kadir Has University, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • (2010, May). 'American: The Bill Hicks Story': Introduction 'Role of the Stand-Up: comedians who say the unsayable', Chapter Arts Cinema, Canton, Cardiff, Wales, UK.
  • (2010, March). 'Watch Me: Animation, Representation and Incongruity. Paper presented at the meeting of the Arts University College Bournemouth Conference 2010, Bournemouth, England UK.
  • (2009, September). ‘It’ll never feel this good again’: Nostalgic narratives within The Animated Comic Book Adaptation. Paper presented at the meeting of Cinema and the Visual Arts: ‘Framing Film' Conference, University of Winchester, Winchester, Hampshire, England, UK.
  • (2009, July). "Touching Cloth": Satire, Representation and The Clergy in Contemporary Mainstream UK TV Animation. - Paper presented at the meeting of the Society of Animation Studies Conference 2009: ‘The Persistence of Animation’, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia, UK.
  • (2008, July). Chair for ‘An Evening with Aardman’s Richard Golezowski’ July 18th Animation Unlimited International conference July 2008 in conjunction with the Bournemouth Institute of Arts and the Society of Animation Studies, England UK.
  • (2008, July). ‘Taking an appropriate line’: Assessing representation of disability within popular animation forms. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society of Animation Studies Conference 2008: ‘Animation Unlimited’, Arts University College Bournemouth Conference, Bournemouth, England, UK.
  • (2008, June). ‘What a nice lad...he does take his jihad seriously though doesn’t he?’: Assessing comic interpretations of the 'threat within' through the narratives of Monkey Dust. Paper presented at the meeting of the 'Funny People Those Foreigners': Comedy Conference, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, England UK.
  • (2008, March). ‘C’mon Mum, Wednesday Night is Jihad Night…’ - Ideas on Regionalism, Representation and Comic Narrative within BBC TV’s Monkey Dust. Paper presented at the meeting of the Popular Culture Association Conference, San Francisco Marriot Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA.
  • (2007, November). 'That's You That Is': - A Workshop on Animation, Form and Identity. Portsmouth Screen Festival 2007, England Uk.
  • (2007, August). "You’re stuck in a rut, mate..." Assessing the alliance between repetition, form and meaning within Link and Bunnage’s Modern Toss. Paper presented at the meeting of the ‘Aesthetics of Trash Conference’: Reassessing Animation and the Comic, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, Greater Manchester, England, UK.
  • (2007, July). “Yeah, looks like it n'all..." - Abstraction, Space, Graphic Images and Thematics within the work of Link Bunnage. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society of Animation Studies: ‘Animation Universe Conference’, University of Portland, Oregon, USA.
  • (2007, July). ''Drawing on the sitcom- Processing Culture and Form'. The Metro Cinema/Arts Centre. Derby Metro Arts Centre, England UK.
  • (2007, May). "Unpack that…!" - Isolation and Working Class address within Link and Bunnage’s Modern Toss. Paper presented at the meeting of the ‘What Have You Got in That Box?’ - Regional/National Comedy, Screens & British Identity Conference, University of Salford, Salford, Greater Manchester, England UK.
  • (2005, April). 'Fifteen Storeys High - The Collision of Comedy and the Social Realist tradition’. Laughing Matters - Comedy Conference, University of Portsmouth, England UK.

Memberships

  • Editorial board member, Animation Studies - Peer reviewed on-line journal for Animation History and Theory (from August 2008)
  • Member, Science Fiction Research Association (from October 2006)
  • Regular book reviewer, Sage Publications (from April 2005)
  • External Examiner, City College, Norwich (2005-2008)