Michael Samuel

Michael Samuel

Doctoral Researcher,
Languages, Cultures and Societies,
Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures.

Summary: The relationship between non-fiction "lifestyle" television and the wider heritage industry.


Professor Paul Cooke 

Dr David Forrest

Current Research  

Non-Fiction Heritage Television and the Contemporary Heritage Industry.


Masters by Research, Media Studies. Swansea University, 2013. 'Transmission, Text, Reception: Reinvestigating "Flow" and the Viewing Experience in the Age of Quality and in the "Era of Plenty"'

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), University of Wales. Newport, 2011.

BA in Screen Studies. Swansea University, 2009.  

Current Projects 

In May 2016, I spent a month conducting research with the City University of New York (CUNY), where I co-edited a collection on HBO series True Detective with Dr. Scott F. Stoddart.

Chapters in Edited Collections

'Reclaiming Past, Resisting Progression: Existential Tensions in Red Dead Redemption' in The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre Since 9/11. In Stoddart, Scott. ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2016, pp. 172-188.

'The Storm: Spatial Discourses and Katrina Narratives in Treme (2010-13)' in Ten Years After Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm's Effect on American Culture and Identity. Marotte, M.R., and Jellenik, G. eds., Maryland: Lexington Books, 2014, pp. 33-56.

Peer Reviewed Journals

I have two book reviews pending publication in the Journal of Popular Television and the Journal of Popular Culture. Forthcoming, 2017.

'Digitising and experiencing Britain's cinematic and televisual past: an account of using the BFI Mediatheque archive at the Library of Birmingham'. Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL). Volume VII. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham Press, 2016. p.TBC. 

'Swansea'. Birmingham Journal of Literature and Language (BJLL). Volume VI. Birmingham: The University of Birmingham Press, 2014. p.85.

Conference Papers 

'#afternoontea: Non-Fiction TV, Social Media and the Heritage Industry 2.0.' BAFTSS conference. University of Bristol, April 2017.

'Lifestyle TV and the heritage industry online'. Consuming Heritage conference. University of Leeds, 30 September 2016.

'Heritage and Lifestyle Television'. WRoCAH Conference. University of York, 15 October 2015.

'Exporting and Experience Heritage: Film Tourism and Downton Abbey.' MeCETES conference: Historical Drama in the Digital Age. University of York, 18 March 2015. 

'Time Wasting and the Contemporary Viewing Experience.' Language and Translation Symposium, Swansea University, May 2013.

'Resisting Flow: Television Nature, Aesthetics and HBO's Luck'. Flow TV Conference, University of Texas, Austin, November 2012.

'Treme: Space and Place and the American Television Drama Series'. Borders and Boundaries conference, Swansea University, October 2012. 

Conference Experiences 

Conference organiser for the 'Consuming Heritage' conference, University of Leeds, September 2016.  

Conference committee member for the 'Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema' conference, University of York, June 2015.

Panel chair at the 'MeCETES: Historical Drama in the Digital Age' conference, University of York, March 2015.

Committee Member for the 'Borders and Boundaries' conference, Swansea University, September 2012.

Public Talks

'Introduction to Chico & Rita', as part of the University of Birmingham B-Film's 'Cuban Film Night' public screening events at the Mockingbird Theatre, Birmingham.  


My research is made possible with the generosity of the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH)network studentship. It is part of the European Film, European Heritage and European Identity network, which is made up of myself at Leeds, Daniel Clarke (Sheffield) and Martina Lovascio (York). I am associated with the Centre for World Cinemas at the University of Leeds.