My thesis focuses on the role that metaphor plays in how documentaries are shaped, how they communicate meaning, and translate the real world into the films we see. This point of conjunction—where documentary's privileged relation to its truth-claims, meets a concept, metaphor, which is necessarily a falsehood—has gone largely unexplored in scholarship from either discipline. By analysing the work of some of documentary's most influential filmmakers, including Agnès Varda, Patricio Guzmán and Werner Herzog, my research aims to reveal the complex levels on which metaphor operates within the documentary genre. While I believe there is the potential for this work to shift how we understand and define both documentary and metaphor, it can contribute to a much broader debate about how we interpret meaning in all forms of communication, and how our deeply embedded metaphoric conceptualisations shape, and are shaped by, our experience of reality.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Film and Television Studies at Northumbria University, then went on to an MA for Research in Film and Television at Warwick University. I am now into my third year as a PhD candidate at York.
I have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant on Non Fiction Forms of Film and Television for two years. I am obsessed with documentaries, and running seminars on this module is a great opportunity for me to share my obsessions with students. I absolutely love the dynamic discussions that seminars can bring about, particularly on a mercurial genre like documentary.
I was selected to take part in the European Doctoral Summer School in Professional Development, 2019, at the University of York.
I am also a finalist in York's 3 Minute Thesis competition for 2020.
I have presented the following conference papers:
- ‘Finding Documentary’s Metaphors’ presented at Digital Stories: Narrative and Aesthetics in Post-network Media (University of York, June 21, 2018).
- ‘Gleaning Metaphors from Reality in the Documentary Films of Agnès Varda’ presented at Gender Equality and Sustainability: Agnès Varda’s Sustaining Legacy (Online conference hosted by Istanbul Bilgi University, March 28, 2020).
I am also presenting a paper entitled ‘The Role of Metaphor in Documentary’ at Research and Applied Metaphor 2020 Virtual (Online conference hosted by the Faculty of Education at Inland Norway University, June 18-21, 2020).ion: “Russian Doll” (2019) and the Phenomenology of Being Borderline'. The Polyphony. Available at: https://thepolyphony.org/2020/05/01/reflection-diffraction-russian-doll-2019-and-the-phenomenology-of-being-borderline/.