Niamh Downing: Niamh joined Falmouth in December 2012 as Senior Lecturer in English and Writing. Her research focuses on space, place and landscape in 20th and 21st century literature and more recently extra-terrestrial space. She completed her doctoral research at University of Exeter in 2013. Her thesis examines models of excavation in contemporary poetry, specifically in the work of Geoffrey Hill, Ciaran Carson, Geraldine Monk, and Alice Oswald. She has published on women’s travel writing with Palgrave Macmillan and is working on a monograph based on her thesis. Niamh is also co-organising a symposium with Dr. Ruth Heholt and ASLE-UKI called Haunted Landscapes, which will take place at Falmouth in March 2013. Twitter: @niamhdowning Web: http://www.niamhdowning.co.uk
Sarah Arnold: Sarah is Senior Lecturer in Film at Falmouth. Her research interests include horror and science fiction; gender and film; contemporary television platform and content (quality drama); cinema and spatial practice; and urban decay photography and film. She is also interested in film and cinema in the digital age, new media aesthetics in film and media convergence. She has published books and contributed to edited collections on these subjects, including a monograph, Maternal Horror: Melodrama and Motherhood published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013. Forthcoming work, which examines the relationship between visual forms and spatiality includes: 2014. ‘New Perspectives on Cinematic Spectatorship, Digital Culture and Space: Re-evaluating Exhibition, Participation and Interaction’ for Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA-PGN. Guest Editors Sarah Arnold and Dario Llinares; and 2014. ‘Urban Decay Photography and Film: Fetishism and the Apocalyptic Imagination’ in Special Issue of The Journal of Urban History, ‘Reinventing the American Post-industrial City’.
Dario Llinares: Dario is a Senior Lecturer in Film at Falmouth. He has published widely on the figure of the astronaut in contemporary culture: ‘Contesting the Astronaut as a Masculine Ideal: Narratives of Myth in Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff’ in Bound and Unbound: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Genders and Sexualities, ed. by Davy, Downes et al (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008); ‘Benign Heroes of ‘Retrotopia’: History, Identity and the Postmodern in Apollo 13’ in (2009) Space Travel and Culture, ed. by Bell and Parker, (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009); and The Astronaut: Cultural Mythology and Idealised Masculinity (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009). Dario was also co-organiser of the conference ‘Austere Cultures, Cultures of Austerity: Reactions to the Erosion of Critical Spaces’, 8-9 September 2011, Leeds Metropolitan University.