Dr. Darren Elliott-Smith is Senior Lecturer in Film and Gender at the University of Stirling. He currently teaches across all levels in film, television and gender studies, and is the Programme Director of the MLitt/MSc (Applied) in Gender Studies.
He has a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies (University of Sunderland) and completed an MA in the History of Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London. He completed his PhD in 'New Queer Horror in Film and Television' at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2013 (Supervised by Prof. Mandy Merck).
Darren has also previously worked as a Film Curator and Programmer for the BFI (British Film Institute), Mainline Pictures (Screen Cinema chain), The Odyssey Cinema, St Albans, and was the Film Manager for the Film Education Consortium for Hertfordshire (2007-2010). He is currently also known online as the http://www.queerhorrordoctor.com
Tutor of the Year 2018
University of Hertfordshire
Awarded Tutor of the Year at the University of Hertfordshire's Annual Vice Chancellor's Awards.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Founding Member of BAFTSS Horror Studies (Special Interest Group)
Since the pioneering historical research of scholars such as Peter Hutchings and Mark Jancovich in the 1990s, horror film, television and screen studies in the UK and Ireland has grown and developed rapidly. British and Irish scholars have explored both horror’s history and its contemporary development across a range of old and new media, and are increasingly employing a wide array of theoretical and methodological approaches in order to analyse and research this most enduring and culturally resonant of genres, from gender studies, transnational studies, film and television historiography, video game studies and film philosophy, to audience research, industry studies and practice-based research. The BAFTSS Horror Studies SIG aims to bring together UK and Irish researchers studying horror across this wide range of disciplines and approaches – from established scholars to the increasing number of early career researchers and doctoral students in the field – to exchange diverse ideas, to facilitate collaboration and to form a supportive and creative network.