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Dr Tina Kendall

Associate Professor
Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Cambridge School of Creative Industries
Areas of Expertise:
Film, media and communication studies
Research Supervision:
Courses taught:

Tina Kendall is a film and media scholar who has written widely on affect, violence, and extreme cinema spectatorship. Her more recent work focuses on boredom in contemporary networked media. She is also Director of Research Students for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.

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Tina holds a PhD in French Studies from the University of California, Davis. Her work in contemporary film and media studies is informed by critical and media theory, affect theory, and continental philosophy.

She has a particular interest in 'negative' or 'minor' affects, including boredom and disgust. She has published widely on the ethics and aesthetics of extreme cinema, and is the co-editor of The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe.

Her most recent research project focuses on boredom and the attention economy of networked media. As part of this research, Dr Kendall worked with the Chelmsford Young Creatives and the British Science Association on The Boredom Project, which explored young peoples’ experiences of boredom during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdowns in the UK.

Spoken Languages
  • English
  • French
Research interests
  • Extreme cinema
  • Ethics, Violence, Spectatorship
  • Affect & Emotions in Film & Media (particularly 'minor'/negative affects)
  • Networked Media
  • Post-Cinema/Platform Studies
  • Biopolitics/Chronopolitics/Psychopolitics of Moving Image Media
Areas of research supervision

Tina Kendall has supervised PhD projects on a range of topics in film & media, including: the politics & aesthetics of contemporary art cinema; contemporary French horror cinema; 'dark undercurrents' in stop motion animation; depression in cinema, and others.

She particularly welcomes proposals in the following areas:

  • Contemporary Cinema & Media Aesthetics
  • Extreme Cinemas/Media
  • Violence and Spectatorship
  • Post-Cinema
  • Networked Media and Affect
  • Affect and Emotions in Cinema (particularly minor/negative affects)

Tina teaches on the following modules:

  • Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • Theorising Spectatorship
  • Digital Media Theory
  • Contemporary Hollywood Cinema
  • Professional Practice in Film
  • PhD, French Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory, University of California, Davis
  • BA (Hons) French & Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine
Memberships, editorial boards
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Association (HEA)
  • Member, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • Member, British Association for Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS)
  • Member, Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)
  • Member, European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)
Selected recent publications

Kendall, T. 2021. 'From Binge-Watching to Binge-Scrolling: TikTok and the Rhythms of #LockdownLifeFilm Quarterly 75.1: pp. 41-46

Kendall, T., 2019. '(Not) Doing it for the Vine: #Boredom Vine Videos and the Biopolitics of Gesture'. Necsus: European Journal of Media Studies Autumn 2019.

Horeck, T., Jenner, M., Kendall, T., 2018. 'On Binge-Watching: Nine Critical Propositions'. Critical Studies in Television, 13.4: pp. 499-504.

Kendall, T., 2018. 'BOREDWITHMEG': Gendered Boredom and Networked Media. New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics, 93, pp. 80-100.

Kendall, T., 2016. 'The Aesthetics and Ethics of Snuff in the Films of the New Extremism'. In: Jackson, N., Kimber, S., Walker, J, Watson, T. (Eds.), 2016. Snuff: Real Death and Screen Media (London: Bloomsbury).

Kendall, T. (Ed.), 2016. In Focus: Cinematic Speed. Cinema Journal, 55(2).

Kendall, T., 2016. Nyan Cat: Nothing Happens, Longer, Again. MediaCommons: In Media Res, 'Speed', 22 February 2016.

Horeck, T., Kendall, T., 2014. Extreme Memes: O-Faces, Paper Bags, and the Paratexts of Nymph()maniac. MediaCommons: In Media Res, 'Extreme Cinema', 6 May 2014.

Horeck, T., Kendall, T., 2014. Idiot Media: The Culture of NekNomination Videos. MediaCommons: In Media Res, 'Circulating Pain', 2 April 2014.

Kendall, T., 2013. 'No God But Cinema': Bruno Dumont’s Hadewijch. Contemporary French & Francophone Studies, 17(4), pp. 405-413.

Kendall, T., 2013. 'Cinematic Affect and the Ethics of Waste'. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 10(1), pp. 45-61.

Horeck, T., Kendall, T., 2013. The New Extremisms: Re-Thinking Extreme Cinema. Cinephile, 8(2), pp. 7-9.

Kendall, T., 2012. 'The Still Life: DVD Stills Galleries and the Digital Uncanny'. In: Hubner, L. and Allen, S. (Eds.). Framing Film: Cinema and the Visual Arts. London: Intellect, pp. 113-126.

Kendall, T. (Ed.), 2012. 'Tarrying with Disgust'. Special issue of Film-Philosophy, 15(1).

Horeck, T., Kendall, T. (Eds.), 2011. The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press).

Kendall, T., 2010. 'The "In-Between of Things": Intermediality in Ratcatcher'. New Review of Film and Television Studies, 8(2), pp. 179-197.