James Rendell

  • Lecturer in Creative Industries
  • Faculty of Business and Creative Industries
  • Darlithydd yn y Diwydiannau Creadigol
  • Cyfadran Busnes a Diwydiannau Creadigol
James Rendell

About Me

I'm an early career lecturer in creative industries and the course leader for the Media, Culture and Journalism undergraduate programme. I also teach on the MA in Visual Journalism. My research interests largely focus on screen media audiences and identity, fans meaning-making practices and participatory cultures, digital media technologies, horror and cult media, and transnational media ecologies. I am also particularly interested in media inclusion and diversity including access to, and usage of, media - such as dementia-friendly cinema events - and textual representations - such as race, gender, and sexuality. I teach on a number of modules including Contemporary Popular Television; TV Drama; Media Audiences and Fandom; Understanding Communication in the Creative Industries; and Transmedia. I am also a supervisor for undergraduate students, Mres postgraduates, and PhD candidates.I have also worked with a number of industry partners including: RNIB, Aardman and Fictioneers, The Democracy Box, and IJPR. I have published research in a range of journals and edited collections, and my sole-authored Transmedia Terrors in Post-TV Horror is out with Amsterdam University Press.
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Skills And Qualifications

  • HEA/Advance HE Fellow



Publications And Past Projects

  • Research Fellow: Audience Research Audience of the Future project working in collaboration with Fictioneers on the Wallace and Gromit Big Fix Up.
  • Research Assistant: Sensory Impairment and Digital Technology Engagement, Swansea University (UK)/RNIB (UK)
  • Committee Board Member: Making Media Collaborative (AHRC), Cardiff University (UK)/Whitchurch College (UK)
  • Rendell. J. (2018). ‘Bridge Builders, World Makers: Transcultural Studio Ghibli Fan Crafting’. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. 4(1), pp:93-110.
  • Rendell. J. and Denison. R. (2018). ‘Introduction – Studio Ghibli: The History, Aesthetics and Cultural Impact of Japan’s Most Famous Animation Studio’. East Asian Journal of Popular Culture. 4(1), pp:5-14.
  • Rendell. J. (2019). ‘Black (Anti)fandom’s Intersectional Politicization of The Walking Dead as a Transmedia Franchise’. Transformative Works and Cultures. 29.
  • Rendell. J. (2019). ‘A Picture is Worth a Thousand Corpses: Audiences’ Affective Engagement with In the Flesh and The Walking Dead Through Online Image Practices’. Participations: International Journal of Audience Research. 16(2). pp:88-117.
  • Rendell. J. (2020). ‘Staying In, Rocking Out: Online Live Music Portal Shows During the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic’. Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. pp:1-20
  • Rendell. J. (2021). ‘Tracing Terror-Bytes: Ring: Saishusho as Japanese TV Horror, Online Transcultural J-Horror Fan Object, and Digital Only-Click Television'. In Abbott. S. and Jowett. L. (eds). Global TV Horror. Cardiff: University of Wales. pp:215-23
  • Rendell. J. (2021). ‘“I am (Not) Major”: Anti-fan memes of Paramount Picture’s Ghost in the Shell Marketing’. New Review of Film and Television Studies. pp:1-27
  • Rendell. J. (2023). 'In awe of scores and roars: Audience phenomenological fragmentation between screen and soundtrack'. The Soundtrack. 14(1). pp:51-67
  • Rendell. J. (2023). Transmedia Terrors in Post-TV Horror: Digital Distribution, Abject Spectrums and Participatory Cultures. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.