Paula Blair

Lecturer in Film Therory working on Film Production

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Office Times

By appointment


I joined the Film Production programme at Salford in September 2016 after holding teaching posts at Lancaster University, Newcastle University, Queen’s University Belfast, and University of Aberdeen


I deliver the theory modules on the BA (Hons) in Film Production: Film Form, Film Meaning Critical Approaches to Film

Research Interests

My research interests lie in mediatized conflict, convergences between cinema and the visual arts, and archive-based moving image production

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD Film & Visual Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, 2011 MA Film & Visual Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, 2008 BA (Hons) English & Film Studies, Queen’s University Belfast, 2006


Blair, P. (2016). Remains to be Un/Seen: Envisioning the Disappeared in Willie Doherty’s Ancient Ground and Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light. In: E. Peeren, H. Stuit & A. Van Weyenberg, eds, Peripheral Visions in the Globalizing Present: Community, Contestation, Critique. Leiden: Brill. 201–221

Blair, P. (2016). Panopticonicity: Sites of Control and the Failure of Forgetting in Willie Doherty’s Re-Run (2002) and Drive (2003). In D. O’Rawe & M. Phelan, eds, Post-Conflict Performance, Film and Visual Arts: Cities of Memory. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 193–209

Blair, P. (2014). Old Borders, New Technologies: Reframing Film and Visual Culture in Contemporary Northern Ireland. Oxford; Bern: Peter Lang. Blair, P. (2013). Panopticons Within Panopticons: Surveillance Inversions in Willie Doherty’s Video Installations. Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 49 (5). 539–551

Blair, P. (2013). Newsreel Politics: Early American Non-Fiction Film and the Irish Question. POST SCRIPT: Essays in Film and the Humanities, 32 (3). 59–69

Blair, P. (2012). Reframings: Art and the Moving Image in Contemporary Northern Ireland. Media Education Journal, 51. 13–18