Dr Struan Gray
Lecturer, Film BA(Hons)
Struan Gray is a lecturer on the Film BA in the School of Film and Television at Falmouth University, teaching on modules about the politics of representation and experimental film. He completed his doctoral studies at the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories, University of Brighton, and has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of London. His research engages with debates about representation, cultural memory and the politics of time in ‘post-conflict’ and postdictatorship societies. In 2022 he published the monograph Picturing Ghosts: Memories Traces and Prophesies of Rebellion in Postdictatorship Chilean Film, released as part of Peter Lang’s Cultural Memories series.
|2019||PhD in Film Studies||University of Brighton|
|2011||BA in Journalism, Film and Media||Cardiff University|
Research interests and expertise
Struan's research interests revolve primarily around visual culture and the politics of memory in post-conflict and post-dictatorship contexts in Latin America. His doctoral research examined the role of documentary and fiction film in negotiating the afterlives of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, and the social movements that resisted it. He is particularly interested in the concept of haunting as a theoretical lens through which transformative new understandings and representations of the present past can be developed. His most recent research has considered the work of experimental/activist filmmaking collectives in Latin America, working in the context of recent mass protests.
- Post-dictatorship cultures
- Latin American film
- Cinematic cartography
- Haunting and spectrality
- The politics of time
- Cultural memory
- Visual culture and social movements
- Landscape representation
Areas of teaching
- Film Theory and History
- The Politics of Representation
- Experimental Film
- Non-Western Cinemas
Engagement with professional associations and societies
Struan is a member of the Memory Studies Association, the Latin American Studies Association and the Society for Latin American Studies, and presents regularly at their conferences.