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Dr Christa Van Raalte

  • Head of Department - Media
  • Weymouth House W129a, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Journal Articles


  • 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.


  • 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.

Internet Publications


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)


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


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