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Dr Amy Chambers

Senior Lecturer
Film and Media Studies

Dr Amy C. Chambers is a senior lecturer in film studies and joined MMU in 2018. She has previously researched and taught in the fields of film studies, science communication, and science fiction studies at Newcastle University, the University of Manchester, and Bangor University. She was awarded her PhD in History and Film from Bangor University in 2013 (‘Film & History: Planet of the Apes as History’).

Amy works predominately in the fields of science communication and screen studies and is particularly interested in the relationship between entertainment media and the public understanding of science. She conducts research into science fiction movies made between 1967-1977 and their incorporation of real-world science and imagined future science. Her work also analyses how major scientific concepts and advancements have influenced onscreen representations of science. As part of Amy’s current book-in-progress (From Star Child To Star Wars: American Science (Fiction), Film, and Religion 1967-1977) she is looking more specifically at how leaders and members of US religious institutions have interpreted and understood science in Hollywood movies in the immediate post-censorship era.

Her other major research project explores the representation and projected futures of women and minority groups within scientific cultures and imagined futures in Anglo-American entertainment media. She hopes that this research can support the inclusion of a more diverse range of scientists in the processes of entertainment media production.

Her research also looks at medical horror (zombies/AI), women horror filmmakers, and transmedia storytelling.

Amy contributes articles and posts to a number of different websites including the Manchester-based Science and Entertainment Lab, The Guardian, Bitch Flicks, and The Conversation. She has also contributed research and expertise to events including British Science Festival and the Copenhagen Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX*).

Research

A selection of recent research outputs.

Book Chapters

Kirby, DA., Chambers, AC., 2018. 'Playing God: religious influences on the depictions of science in mainstream movies'. In Nerlich, B., Hartley, S., Raman, S., Smith, A. (eds.) Science, politics and the dilemmas of openness: here be monsters, pp. 278-302, Manchester University Press, Manchester.

Chambers, AC., Elizabeth, HJ., 2017. 'It's Grimm up North: Domestic Obscenity, Assimilation Anxiety, and Medical Salvation in BBC Three's In the Flesh'. In Mazierska, EH. (eds.) Heading North: The North of England in Film and Television, pp. 193-211, Palgrave Macmillan.

Chambers, AC., 2016. 'Challenging Perceptions of Paedophilia in Contemporary US Cinema'. In Gwynne, J. (eds.) Transgression in Anglo-American Cinema: Gender, Sex and the Deviant Body, pp. 131-146, Columbia University Press.

Internet Publications

Chambers, AC., 2018. 'Oscars 2018: why Andy Serkis has yet again been denied the recognition he deserves', https://theconversation.com/oscars-2018-why-andy-serkis-has-yet-again-been-denied-the-recognition-he-deserves-90588.

Chambers, AC., 2018. 'Women scientists are more than capable of leading blockbuster storylines', https://theconversation.com/women-scientists-are-more-than-capable-of-leading-blockbuster-storylines-93779.

Chambers, AC., 2016. 'You gotta make way for the Homo Superior: Mutation, Evolution, and Super Powers on Screen', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/.

Chambers, AC., 2015. ''You're Blind, But You See So Much': Netflix's Daredevil and Blindness', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/daredevil/.

Chambers, AC., 2015. 'If She Can See It, She Can Be It: Women of STEM on the Small Screen', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/stem-women-tv/.

Chambers, AC., 2015. 'Jessica Jones: Science, Realism, & Netflix', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/jessica_jones/.

Chambers, AC., 2015. 'Rise of the Women?: Screening Female Scientists', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/rise-of-the-women/.

Chambers, AC., 2015. 'The Science Sleuths: Fighting Crime with 'Science' in Golden Era Comics', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/science-sleuths/.

Chambers, AC., 2014. ''Talking Apes with Big-Ass Spears': Violence, Science, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/violence-science-and-dawn-of-apes/.

Chambers, AC., 2014. 'Nature Swipes Back: The Return of an Environmentally Conscious Cinema', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/nature-swipes-back/.

Chambers, AC., 2014. 'Welcome back to humanity. Now you get to die: Vampires and... Science', http://thescienceandentertainmentlab.com/vampires-and-science/.

Journal Articles

Chambers, AC., 2017. 'The Evolution of Planet of the Apes: Science, Religion, and 1960s Cinema', Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, 28 (2-3), pp. 107-122.

Chambers, AC., Skains, RL., 2015. 'Scott Pilgrim vs. The Multimodal Mash-up: Film as Participatory Narrative', Participations: International Journal of Audience & Reception, 12 (1), pp. 102-116.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Chambers, AC., 2018. 'Oscars 2018: why Andy Serkis has yet again been denied the recognition he deserves', The Conversation.

Chambers, AC., 2017. 'Movies and Scientific Accuracy', Microbiology Today, 44 (4), pp. 191-192.

Chambers, AC., 2017. 'Sisters in Science: Ghostbusters Answer the Call', Vector: The Critical Journal of the British Science Fiction Association, 285, pp. 12-13.

Chambers, AC., 2016. 'Why Science Fiction Set in the Near Future is so Terrifying', The Conversation.

Chambers, AC., 2015. 'The Skriker: Global Warming, Eco-Fairytales, and Science on the Stage', The Guardian.

Chambers, AC., Kirby, DA., Macauley, WR., 2015. 'What Entertainment can do for Science, and Vice Versa', Research Fortnight, pp. 22-22.

Conference Papers

Chambers, AC., 2017. ''Somewhere between science and superstition': Religious Outrage, Horrific Science, and The Exorcist', International Congress for the History of Science, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23/7/2017 - 29/7/2017.

Chambers, AC., Elizabeth, HJ., 2017. 'Inhuman care-giving, emotional labour, and the dehumanised public health service in Humans', Care + Machines, Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester, 20/10/2017 - 21/10/2017.

Chambers, AC., 2017. 'Nature Strikes Back: Popular Science, Environmental Science/fictions, and Eco-activism', The 2nd International Conference on Anticipation, Senate House, London, 8/11/2017 - 10/11/2017.

Chambers, AC., 2017. 'Science Fiction Filmmakers as Archivists of Science'', Collecting Space: Science & Technology Archives Group, Science Museum, London, 17/11/2017 - 17/11/2017.

Chambers, AC., Garforth, L., 2017. 'Unsettling Scientific Stories: Fictional Futures and Sociological Speculation', Narrating Science: The Power of Stories in the 21st Century, Toronto, Canada, 24/5/2017 - 27/5/2017.

Chambers, AC., 2016. ''Somewhere between science and superstition': Religious Outrage, Horrific Science, and The Exorcist', Gods and Heretics: The 2016 Film & History Conference, Milwaukee, WI, USA, 26/10/2016 - 30/10/2016.