Contact: Ian Conrich

About Ian Conrich

A writer, theorist, and historian with work in film and visual culture. The author or editor of eighteen books, Ian also has extensive experience of curating film festivals, cultural programmes, museum exhibitions, and international conferences.

Ian Conrich is Associate Professor in the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, at the University of South Australia, where he has also held the position Associate Head of School: Research. Chair of the New Zealand Studies Association since 1997, he was the founder and Director of the Centre for New Zealand Studies, Birkbeck, University of London, and in 2008 he was named Air New Zealand New Zealander of the Year. The Times Higher Education has described him as "the driving force behind New Zealand Studies in the UK". Ian has been a guest speaker at Harvard University, University of California Berkley, and the Universities of Auckland and Hawai'i. He was the 2005 MacGeorge Visiting Scholar at the University of Melbourne, 2005-6 was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University in the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, and 2001 a Visiting Scholar at the University of Waikato.

He has been a jury member of the Hawai'i International Film Festival, and the guest curator of major film festivals in Poland and Israel. He has been a guest speaker at the National Film Theatre, the British Museum, Twickenham stadium, the Imperial War Museum, the Old Operating Theatre, the Canadian and Australian High Commissions, an advisor to FilmFour and the BBC, a guest on radio and television in Poland, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia and the UK, and an after-dinner speaker at the New Zealand High Commission, London. For 2011-2014, he was the curator of a series of exhibitions, Easter Island, Myths, and Popular Culture, which travelled to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, Marton, the Kon-Tiki Musuem, Oslo, and the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Sydney.

Major publications - as author and editor

  1. The Cinema of Sri Lanka: South Asian Film in Texts and Contexts (2016, co-author)
  2. Gothic Dissections in Film and Literature: The Body in Parts (2016, co-author)
  3. John Carpenter Interviews (2015, editor)
  4. Easter Island: Cultural and Historical Perspectives (2015, co-editor)
  5. Moai Culture: Easter Island and Popular Imagination (2014, author)
  6. Small Nations, Big Neighbours: New Zealand & Canada (2011, co-editor)
  7. New Zealand, France and the Pacific (2011, co-editor)
  8. Easter Island, Myths, and Popular Culture (2011, author)
  9. Studies in Travel Writing (2010, co-editor of a special issue on New Zealand)
  10. Horror Zone: The Cultural Experience of Contemporary Horror Cinema (2009, editor)
  11. The Cinema of New Zealand (2009, in Polish, editor)
  12. Studies in New Zealand Cinema (2009, author)
  13. Harvard Review (2008, guest editor of a special issue on New Zealand literature)
  14. Asian Cinema (2008, co-editor of a special issue on Sri Lankan Cinema)
  15. New Zealand Film - A Guide (2008, in Polish, author)
  16. Contemporary New Zealand Cinema (2008, co-editor)
  17. New Zealand Filmmakers (2007, co-editor)
  18. Film's Musical Moments (2006, co-editor)
  19. Journal of British Cinema and Television (2006, co-editor of a special issue on The Cinema-going Experience)
  20. Post Script (2005, guest editor of a special double issue on Australian and New Zealand Cinema)
  21. The Cinema of John Carpenter: The Technique of Terror (2005, co-editor)
  22. Journal of Popular British Cinema (2000, co-editor of a special issue on Forbidden British Cinema)
  23. New Zealand - A Pastoral Paradise? (2000, co-editor),

Ian is the Principal Editor of the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, and was the founding Editor of the NZSA Bulletin of New Zealand Studies. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of Film and Philosophy, and the Journal of British Cinema and Television, and an advisory board member of Asian Cinema, Interactive Media, Notes of the Anthropological Society Vienna and Studies in Australasian Cinema. His work has been translated into French, Danish, Norwegian, Polish, Hungarian, and Hebrew.

Research interests

Asia-Pacific film (primarily New Zealand, Polynesia, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh), visual, material, and popular culture of the Pacific Islands (with a focus on Easter Island and New Zealand), marginalised cinemas, migration and diaspora, transnationalism and multiculturalism, indigenous cinema and digital film practices, film in relation to post-settler societies and film regions of the commonwealth (especially Maori, Samoan, and Inuit film), pre-cinema (early photography, magic lantern slides and stereoviews), film genres (the musical, comedy, horror, and the fairy tale), consumption and merchandising, film and masculinity, dystopian and utopian film, film and philosophy, British cinema, especially film censorship, genres, and 1930s cinema, post-classical Hollywood cinema, and American cinema before and after the conversion to sound.


  • Co-organiser of the conference, Empires & Cultures of the Pacific, University of Vienna, 1-4 July 2015.
  • Co-curator of the exhibition Easter Island, Myths and Popular Culture, at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, 11 October 2014 to 23 November 2014.
  • Member of the Scientific Committee for the international conference Talking About the Indian Ocean, University of La Reunion, 5-6 November 2015.
  • Principal Editor of the new publication, the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies.
  • Guest speaker, Mediating Peace: Reconciliation through Art, Music and Film, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, 6-9 November 2012.
  • Keynote speaker, Cinema of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, University of La Reunion, 26-27 November 2012.
  • Guest Speaker, with Justin D. Edwards, Surgical Horrors: The Operated Body in Horror Film and Literature, The Old Operating Theatre, London, 31 October 2013.
  • The edited collection The Zombie Renaissance in Popular Culture has now been published. Contribution on zombie culture.
  • The edited collection Globalgothic has now been published. Contribution on the Maori television series, Mataku.
  • The book New Zealand, France and the Pacific, has now been published.
  • The edited collection A New Companion to the Gothic, has now been published. Contribution on New Zealand Gothic.
  • The edited collection Speaking of Monsters, has now been published. Contribution on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.