Austin Fisher

Dr Austin Fisher

  • afisher at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic in Media Production
  • Weymouth House W214, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

I am a film historian, and my research interests include Italian cinema, Hollywood cinema (especially the Western), exploitation cinema, transnational cinema and various manifestations of “political” filmmaking. I welcome applications from research students interested in working in these and related fields.

My main area of expertise concerns popular Italian cinema’s engagement with the countercultural movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and I have published widely in this area. I am currently writing a book on historical representations of political violence in 1970s Italian cinema, and I have recently compiled edited volumes on the American “grindhouse” phenomenon, and the Spaghetti Western.

I am also founding co-editor of the “Global Exploitation Cinemas” book series (Bloo​msbury), and I serve on the Editorial Boards of the "Transnational Cinemas" and "[in]Transition" journals.

Journal Articles

  • Fisher, A. and Walker, J., 2017. Italian horror cinema. JOURNAL OF ITALIAN CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES, 5 (2), 153-157.
  • Fisher, A., 2014. Il braccio violento della legge: Revelation, Conspiracy and the Politics of Violence in the Poliziottesco. Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, 2 (2), 167-181.
  • Fisher, A., 2013. A Cult Called Django: on the Controversial Tail of a Transnational Bandito. Cine-Excess, 1 (1).
  • Fisher, A., 2013. Impegno, Cultural Capital and the Politics of Confusion. The Italianist, 33 (2), 300-304.
  • Fisher, A., 2010. Out West, Down South: Gazing at America in Reverse Shot through Damiano Damiani’s Quien sabe? The Italianist, 30 (2), 183-201.
  • Fisher, A., 2009. A Marxist’s Gotta Do What a Marxist’s Gotta Do: Political Violence on the Italian Frontier. Scope: an Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, 15.

Books

  • Fisher, A., 2018. Blood in the Streets: Histories of Violence in Italian Crime Films of the 1970s. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Italian Horror Cinema, a guest-edited edition of the Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies. Intellect.
  • Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond. Bloomsbury.
  • Spaghetti Westerns at the Crossroads: Studies in Relocation, Transition and Appropriation. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Fisher, A., 2011. Radical Frontiers in the Spaghetti Western: Politics, Violence and Popular Italian Cinema. I.B.Tauris.

Chapters

  • Fisher, A., 2017. Sergio Leone and the Transnational Western. Once Upon a Time ... the Western: A New Frontier in Art and Film. 5 Continents Editions.
  • Fisher, A., 2017. Italian Popular Film Genres. In: Burke, F., ed. A Companion to Italian Cinema. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Fisher, A., 2016. Political Memory in the Italian Hinterland: Locating the “Rural Giallo”. In: Hunter, R. and Baschiera, S., eds. Italian Horror Cinema. Edinburgh University Press.
  • Fisher, A., 2016. Go West, Brother: the Politics of Landscape in the Blaxploitation Western. In: Fisher, A. and Walker, J., eds. Grindhouse: Cultural Exchange on 42nd Street, and Beyond. Bloomsbury.
  • Fisher, A., 2014. Roma città aperta. In: Haenni, S., Barrow, S. and White, J., eds. The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Films. Routledge.
  • Fisher, A., 2014. Nuovo cinema paradiso. In: Haenni, S., Barrow, S. and White, J., eds. The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Films. Routledge.
  • Fisher, A., 2011. Spaghetti Westerns. In: Bayman, L., ed. Directory of World Cinema: Italy. Intellect.

Conferences

  • Fisher, A., 2018. Recycling The Godfather: Popular Seriality in Italian Mafia Films. In: Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) 14-18 March 2018 Toronto.
  • Fisher, A., 2017. Invited roundtable participant: ‘Italian Screen Studies: Methods and Priorities’. In: American Association for Italian Studies conference 20-22 April 2017 Columbus, Ohio.
  • Fisher, A., 2017. Invited roundtable participant: ‘How Italian are Spaghetti Westerns?’. In: Popular Culture Association annual conference 12-15 April 2017 San Diego.
  • Fisher, A., 2017. Localizing the Classical Western: the Italian Reception of "Shane". In: SCMS 2017 22-26 March 2017 Chicago.
  • Fisher, A., 2016. Video Essays in Transnational Cinema Studies. In: Transnational Screens 15-16 September 2016 De Montfort University.
  • Fisher, A., 2016. ‘Blood in the Streets: Negotiating History Through the Italian Vigilante Film’. In: SCMS 30 March-3 April 2016 Atlanta, USA.
  • Fisher, A., 2016. 'Video Essays in Transnational Cinema Studies’ workshop. In: SCMS 30 March-3 April 2016 Atlanta, USA.
  • Fisher, A., 2016. Historical Perspectives on the Transnational Dimensions of Italian Westerns. In: Italian Cinemas/Italian Histories workshop 22-23 March 2016 University of Leeds.
  • Fisher, A., 2015. Blood in the Streets: Histories of Violence in Italian Crime Films of the 1970s. In: Cinema e Storia 26-27 November 2015 Università Roma Tre.
  • Fisher, A., 2015. Histories of Violence in Fernando Di Leo’s “Milieu Trilogy”. In: SCMS March 2015 Montreal.
  • Fisher, A., 2014. Go West, Brother: the Politics of Golden Age Landscapes in the Blaxploitation Western. In: Film and History November 2014 Madison, Wisconsin, USA.
  • Fisher, A., 2014. Locating Transnational Cinema Studies. In: SCMS 19-23 March 2014 Seattle.
  • Fisher, A., 2014. Translocal Violence in the Italian Hinterland: Politics, Identity and the Giallo. In: SCMS March 2014 Seattle.
  • Fisher, A., 2013. The “Years of Lead” and the Politics of Gore: Cultural Capital and the Giallo. In: Screen June 2013 Glasgow.
  • Fisher, A., 2013. Terrorismo all’americana: Transatlantic Flow and the Politics of Violence in the Italian Poliziesco. In: SCMS March 2013 Chicago.
  • Fisher, A., 2012. Italian Americanisms: Popular Italian Cinema in the Light of the Transnational. In: SCMS March 2012 Boston, MA.
  • Fisher, A., 2012. Il cinema all’americana? Defining the Transnational “Popular”. In: MeCCSA January 2012 University of Bedfordshire.
  • Fisher, A., 2011. La resistenza popolare: Transcultural Memory in Giulio Petroni’s Tepepa. In: Society for Italian Studies Biennial Conference July 2011 University of St. Andrews.
  • Fisher, A., 2011. Spaghetti Lefties: Postmodern Politics in Robert Rodriguez’s Machete. In: Film and Media July 2011 The Institute of Education, University of London.
  • Fisher, A., 2011. A Cult Called Django. In: Cine-Excess May 2011 Odeon Covent Garden, London.
  • Fisher, A., 2010. Chronicles of Lead: Transatlantic Flow in 1970s Italian Cop Thrillers. In: Kiss Kiss Kill Kill: A Symposium on the Forgotten Spy Film of Cold War Europe September 2010 University of Hertfordshire.
  • Fisher, A., 2009. Spaghetti Westerns Caught in the Crossfire: Translating the Stylistics of Political Violence. In: MeCCSA Postgraduate Conference July 2009 Bangor University, Wales.
  • Fisher, A., 2009. Out West, Down South: Gazing at America in Reverse Shot through Damiano Damiani’s Quien sabe? In: Popular Italian Cinema: An International Conference May 2009 King’s College, London.
  • Fisher, A., 2008. A Marxist’s Gotta Do What a Marxist’s Gotta Do: Political Violence on Italy’s Ethical Frontier. In: Cultural Borrowings: A Study Day on Appropriation, Reworking and Transformation March 2008 The University of Nottingham.
  • Fisher, A., 2007. Go West, Comrade: Recollection, Transposition and Populist Radicalism in the New Left Westerns of Sergio Sollima. In: Images at the Threshold: A Postgraduate Film Conference April 2007 University of Bath.

Internet Publications

  • Fisher, A. and Smith, I.R., 2016. ‘Transnational Cinemas: A Critical Roundtable’. Frames Cinema Journal 9 (Spring 2016).

Artefacts

  • Fisher, A., 2015. Spaghettis in Translation. [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, 2:2.
  • Fisher, A., 2014. Austin Fisher on Transnational Cinemas, Celebrating A Fistful of Dollars/the Spaghetti Western, and Videographic Film Studies.

PhD Students

  • Resh Somauroo. Reboot/Canon-Refresh – Longevity and Transmedia Children’s Storytelling
  • Giulio Olesen. The representation of the Italian state in the "poliziottesco"

Invited Lectures

  • Guest lecture at "Set in the West: Telling Tales in Art and Film", Denver Art Museum, Colorado, January 2017
  • Introduction to "The Big Gundown", The Barbican, London, September 2015
  • Introduction / Q&A on A Bullet for the General, Irish Film Institute, Dublin, August 2011
  • Guest lecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, April 2012
  • Guest lecture at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, March 2014

External Responsibilities

  • University of Southampton, External Examiner (2018-2020)

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Director, 'Spaghetti Cinema' film festival, 2014
  • Director, 'Spaghetti Cinema' film festival, 2013

Qualifications

  • PGCE in Higher Education Teaching Certificate (Royal Holloway, University of London, 2006)
  • BA (Hons) in English (The University of Birmingham, 1999)
  • MA in Literature, Culture and Modernity (Queen Mary, University of London, 2001)
  • PhD in Media Arts (Royal Holloway, University of London, 2010)

Memberships

  • American Association for Italian Studies, Member (2016-),
  • British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), Member (2017-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Fellow (2014-),
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), Member (2015-),
  • Popular Culture Association (PCA), Member (2016-),
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Member (2011-),

Networks

  • Editorial Board: [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies.
  • Editorial Board: 'Transnational Cinemas' journal (Routledge)
  • Founding Co-Editor: ‘Global Exploitation Cinemas’ book series (Bloomsbury)
  • Co-Founder: 'Transnational Cinemas' Scholarly Interest Group, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
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