Dr Keith Wagner
Faculty of Arts & Humanities
- Joined UCL
- 3rd Oct 2016
Keith B. Wagner is an Assistant Professor of Global Media and Culture and Director of the Graduate Programme in Film and Media Studies. He is an interdisciplinary scholar trained in film studies, sociology, comparative literature, and art history and is particularly fascinated with putting film, media and literature in conversation with globalization. Dedicated to theorizing globalization's multidimensional conditions and processes, he has interpreted 'neoliberalism,' 'financialization,' 'glocalization,' 'co-cultural outlooks,' 'global cities,' 'global precarity,' 'illicit globalization,' 'globalization from below,' and 'south-south connectivity' all in relation to media and cultural formations. His teaching also reflects an international outlook, with many courses devised along Global South and North lines of inquiry.
Dr Wagner is also associated with a group of scholars carving out a sub-field in Film Studies dubbed 'world cinema studies.' His position was derived from his advocacy for global cinema as a concept and issue-based premise and was developed in the edited collection, Neoliberalism and Global Cinema: Capital, Culture and Marxist Critique (2011) and, in the social science journal, Globalizations (2015). Currently, he is co-editing a new book arguing that the deceleration of cultural globalization is an erroneous assertion and that large-scale cultural formations in literature and film have validity, in Against Deglobalization. In conjunction with his work on global conditions, he also has a forthcoming monograph entitled Living with Uncertainty: Neoliberal Societies and Precarity in Global Cinema which will be published in 2021. As the first monograph of its kind, he brings into dialogue flexible, insecure and temporary employment and its refraction through cinema across four continents, theorizing this casualization of toil as precarious labor.
- University College London
- Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2019
Dr Wagner completed his undergraduate education at Fairfield University and Yale University, received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge and completed his PhD at King's College, London.