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Ian Conrich

Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for New Zealand Studies, at Birkbeck, University of London.

His research within New Zealand Studies includes a particular focus on film, magic lantern slides and stereoviews, cultural studies, visual culture and material culture, and early forms of tourism. He was the 2005 MacGeorge Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne, and 2005-6 was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, where he researched Victorian and Edwardian images of the Maori. He is an Editor of the CNZS Bulletin of New Zealand Studies, Associate Editor of Film and Philosophy, an Editorial Board member of the Journal of British Cinema and Television, an advisory board member of Studies in Australasian Cinema and Interactive Media, Regional Coordinator for England for the Asian Cinema Studies Society, Series Editor of 'Studies in New Zealand Culture', and Chair of the New Zealand Studies Association. For 2008, Ian was the Air New Zealand New Zealander of the Year.

He has written for Sight and Sound, and the BBC and is Guest Editor of a special issue of Post Script on Australian and New Zealand cinema, for the Harvard Review for a special issue on New Zealand literature, for Studies in Travel Writing for a special issue on New Zealand (forthcoming), and for The Contemporary Pacific for a special issue on Pacific film (forthcoming). The author of New Zealand Film – A Guide (2008, in Polish), Studies in New Zealand Cinema (2009) and the forthcoming books New Zealand Cinema, New Zealand Filmmakers in Conversation and Culture and Customs of New Zealand, he is an editor or co-editor of a further eleven books, including New Zealand - A Pastoral Paradise? (2000), The Technique of Terror: The Cinema of John Carpenter (2004), Film's Musical Moments (2006), New Zealand Filmmakers (2007), Contemporary New Zealand Cinema (2008), The Cinema of New Zealand (2009, in Polish) and the forthcoming New Zealand Fictions: Literature and Film, and New Zealand, France and the Pacific. He has also contributed to more than 50 books and journals and spoken on New Zealand film and culture at universities in Canada, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Ireland, South Africa, China, Singapore, Samoa, Hawai’i, Australia, and the USA. His work has been translated into French, Danish, Polish, Hungarian, Japanese, and Hebrew.