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Pei-Sze is a PhD candidate supervised by Dr Claire Thomson in UCL's School of European Languages, Culture and Society. Her research focuses on contemporary cinematic representations of landmark architecture and space in transnational regions and cities, particularly the Øresund and Berlin. The project investigates the synthesis of cinema, architecture, and haptic viewing in order to examine a group of film documentaries/essays that capture the emerging relationships between transnational communities and their architectural environment. In her dissertation, she will consider films by documentarists and filmmakers such as Fredrik Gertten (Sweden) and Uli M. Schüppel (Germany). Her broader research interests include visual experimentation in film, cities, and identity and place-making.
She received her BA (Hons) and MA (Research) from the National University of Singapore in 2006 and 2010 respectively, and is a recipient of the UCL Overseas Research Scholarship. She has published a chapter on the themes of authenticity and auteurship in Lars von Trier's Antichrist in the edited volume, Framed Horizons: Student Writing on Nordic Cinema (2012). She currently serves as the Arts and Humanities Editor for UCL's all-faculty journal, Opticon1826, and she is also a co-organiser of the SELCS-based ThoughtsForward postgraduate group that set up the interdisciplinary conference Fragile Realities: Intersecting Interpretations of the Real (http://fragilerealities.wordpress.com).