Christa Van Raalte

Dr Christa Van Raalte

  • Head Of Department Media
  • Weymouth House W129a, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Biography

Christa van Raalte is Deputy Dean for Education and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. She joined Bournemouth from Teesside University in 2013, and holding the post of Head of Department for Media Production until 2018.

Before taking up full time employment in Higher Education, Christa worked in a variety of roles within theatre, community arts and education. She gained her BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford, her MA in Cultural and Textual Studies from Sunderland, where she also completed her PHD: Women and Guns in the Post-War Hollywood Western. Her principal research interests are narrative and representation in film and television with an emphasis on gender, media education, and employability in the media industries.

Favourites

  • Van Raalte, C., 2017. Intimacy, ‘Truth' and the Gaze: The Double Opening of Zero Dark Thirty. MOVIE: A Journal of Film Criticism, 23-30.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2018. The femme fatale in the aftermath: The older female antagonist in the Hunger Games and Divergent film franchises. In: Santos, M., ed. Handmaids, Tributes, & Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2017. Watching the warriors: the female hero and the ‘logistics of perception’ in 'Zero Dark Thirty'. In: Gildersleeve, J. and Gehrmann, R., eds. Memory and the Wars on Terror: Australian and British Perspectives.. Queensland, Australia: Palgrave McMillan.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2015. No Small-talk in Paradise: why Elysium fails the Bechdel Test and why we should care. In: Savigny, H., Alexander, J., Jackson, D. and Thorsen, E., eds. Media, Margins and Popular Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Articles

Chapters

  • Van Raalte, C., 2018. The femme fatale in the aftermath: The older female antagonist in the Hunger Games and Divergent film franchises. In: Santos, M., ed. Handmaids, Tributes, & Carers: Dystopian Females’ Roles and Goals. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2017. Watching the warriors: the female hero and the ‘logistics of perception’ in 'Zero Dark Thirty'. In: Gildersleeve, J. and Gehrmann, R., eds. Memory and the Wars on Terror: Australian and British Perspectives.. Queensland, Australia: Palgrave McMillan.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2015. No Small-talk in Paradise: why Elysium fails the Bechdel Test and why we should care. In: Savigny, H., Alexander, J., Jackson, D. and Thorsen, E., eds. Media, Margins and Popular Culture. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2012. Looking like a hero: constructions of the female gun-fighter in Hollywood cinema. In: Valente, A. and Capucho, R., eds. Avanca Cinema 2012. Avanca, Portugal: Avanca Film Festival.

Conferences

  • Van Raalte, C., 2019. Kathryn Bigelow and the Grammar of Obsession. In: The Second International Conference on Twenty-First Century Film Directors: Kathryn Bigelow: A Visionary Filmmaker 11 July 2019 University of Wolverhampton/ Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2019. Assessment For Learning: addressing differentiation and skills gaps with Media Production undergraduates. In: The Widening Access and Success 27 March 2019 Open University, Milton Keynes.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2019. Twenty-first Century Cowboy: Deconstructing the Hero in Late Clint Eastwood Movies. In: Geriaction Cinema: A Symposium on the Ageing Action Star 10-11 May 2018 Bournemouth University.
  • Van Raalte, C. and Van Raalte, G., 2018. Waving, not drowning: an inter-generational perspective on the enactment of fourth wave feminism in the #metoo movement. In: CONSOLE-ING PASSIONS: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism 11-13 July 2018 Bournemouth University.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2017. If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem: closing the achievement gap for BAME students on media degrees and in media careers. In: Generation TEF: Teaching in the spotlight 3-6 July 2017 Manchester Conference Centre.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2017. There’s no Business like Show Business – Drag, Camp and the Masquerade in the Western Musical. In: Current Thinking on the Western II 24-26 March 2015 Leeds University.
  • van Raalte, C., Woodfall,, A., Dent,, T. and Wallis , R, 2016. Is HE unfit for purpose in the preparation of young people for work in media industries? A MERJ Conversation. In: Media Education Summit 2016 4-5 November 2016 John Cabot University, Rome.
  • Wallis, R., 2015. Industry knows best? Career narratives of Media Production students and graduates. In: International Media Education Summit 2015 20-21 November 2015 Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2015. Who is Salt? Disguise as discourse in the gendered narrative. In: Spying on Spies 3-5 September 2015 The Shard, London.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2015. Renegotiating the Spectacle: Authorship and the Gaze in Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. In: London Film and Media 26-29 June 2013 London. 100-110.
  • van Raalte, C., 2014. Why 'Elysium' fails the Bechdel Test, and why we should care. In: MECCSA Annual Conference 8-10 January 2014 Bournemouth.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2013. Mindset or Skill-set? What media employers think about graduate employability. In: CEMP Media Summit 19-20 September 2013 Sheffield.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2013. Employer perceptions of student interns in the media industries. In: Enhancing Employability Through Placements 9 July 2013 Huddersfield.
  • Van Raalte, C., 2013. Gender Dress and Power: Transvestite heroines in the Post-War Western. In: London Film and Media Conference 23-25 June 2011 London. 165-175.
  • van Raalte, C., 2012. Looking like a hero: constructions of the female gun-fighter in contemporary Hollywood cinema. In: Avanca Film Festival 19-24 July 2012 Avanca, Portugal.

Reports

  • Wallis, R. and Van Raalte, C., 2020. Growing a sustainable workforce: A response to the DCMS Committee’s inquiry into the 'Impact of Covid-19 on DCMS sectors'. UK Parliament written evidence.

Internet Publications

Theses

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Narrative Constructions (2013-14)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Media Dissertation (2013-present)
  • Media Theory Perspectives (2013- 2018
  • Media Scholarship (2018-19)

External Responsibilities

  • University of York St John, External examiner (2014-2018)
  • Huddersfield University, External Examiner (2010-2014)

Qualifications

  • PhD in Film Studies (Sunderland University, 2011)
  • MA in Cultural and Textual Studies (Sunderland University, 2000)
  • BA (Hons) in English language and Literature (Oxford University, 1983)

Memberships

  • AIEC, Member (2017-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Senior Fellow (2014-),
  • FASC, Member (2013-),
  • Higher Education Academy, Associate (2012-),
  • Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association, Member (2007-),
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