Dr Les Roberts BA (London) PhD (Middlesex)

Reader in Cultural and Media Studies Communication and Media


    Personal Statement

    My research interests and practice fall within the areas of urban cultural studies, the mediation of cultural memory, and spatial anthropology/spatial humanities. With a background in anthropology and cultural studies my work explores the intersection between space, place, mobility, and memory, with a particular focus on film, popular music, and cultures of everyday life.

    I am the author of the monographs Film, Mobility and Urban Space: a Cinematic Geography of Liverpool (Liverpool University Press, 2012), Spatial Anthropology: Excursions in Liminal Space (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018), and Posthuman Buddhism and the Digital Self: the Production of Dwellspace (Routledge, 2023). I have edited/co-edited several books and special issue journal editions, including Spatial Bricolage (2018), Deep Mapping (2016), Mapping Cultures (2015/2012), Locating the Moving Image (2014), Sites of Popular Music Heritage (2014), Liminal Landscapes (2012), The City and the Moving Image (2010).

    I am currently working on, or towards, three new book projects: 1) a special issue of the journal Humanities (and follow-on book), co-edited with Hazel Andrews, on the phenomenology of travel and tourism (2023); 2) a collection of edited interviews (with Sara Cohen) on music, memory and everyday life (Bloomsbury, 2024); and the nascent stirring of ideas which I hope will form the basis of a new monograph, provisionally titled Poetic-inductive Interventions.