Dr Amy C. Chambers is a senior lecturer in film studies and joined MMU in 2018. She has previously researched and taught in the fields of film studies, science communication, and science fiction studies at Newcastle University, the University of Manchester, and Bangor University. She was awarded her PhD in History and Film from Bangor University in 2013 (‘Film & History: Planet of the Apes as History’).
Amy works predominately in the fields of science communication and screen studies and is particularly interested in the relationship between entertainment media and the public understanding of science. She conducts research into science fiction movies made between 1967-1977 and their incorporation of real-world science and imagined future science. Her work also analyses how major scientific concepts and advancements have influenced onscreen representations of science. As part of Amy’s current book-in-progress (From Star Child To Star Wars: American Science (Fiction), Film, and Religion 1967-1977) she is looking more specifically at how leaders and members of US religious institutions have interpreted and understood science in Hollywood movies in the immediate post-censorship era.
Her other major research project explores the representation and projected futures of women and minority groups within scientific cultures and imagined futures in Anglo-American entertainment media. She hopes that this research can support the inclusion of a more diverse range of scientists in the processes of entertainment media production.
Her research also looks at medical horror (zombies/AI), women horror filmmakers, and transmedia storytelling.
Amy contributes articles and posts to a number of different websites including the Manchester-based Science and Entertainment Lab, The Guardian, Bitch Flicks, and The Conversation. She has also contributed research and expertise to events including British Science Festival and the Copenhagen Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX*).
A. Chambers ‘Somewhere between science and superstition’: Religious Outrage, Horrific Science, and The Exorcist. History of the Human Sciences.
A. Chambers From Sacred to Scientific: Epic Religion, Spectacular Science, and Charlton Heston’s Science Fiction Cinema. Science Fiction Film and Television.
A. Chambers (2018). Filmmakers as Archivists of Science. ARC Magazine. 346, pp.26-27.
AC. Chambers (2017). The Evolution of Planet of the Apes: Science, Religion, and 1960s Cinema. Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. 28(2-3), pp.107-122.
AC. Chambers, RL. Skains (2015). Scott Pilgrim vs. The Multimodal Mash-up: Film as Participatory Narrative. Participations: International Journal of Audience & Reception. 12(1), pp.102-116.
A. Chambers, S. Thompson Women, Science and the Media. K. Ross. In: The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication. Wiley,
A. Chambers Star Trek Discovers Women: Gender, Race, Science, and Michael Burnham. M. Spychala, S. Mittermeier. In: Context is for Kings: Exploring Star Trek: Discovery. Liverpool University Press,
A. Chambers (2020). Representing Women of Science in Film and TV. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Women and Science. Palgrave,
A. Chambers The (re)birth of pregnancy horror in Alice Lowe’s Prevenge. A. Peirse. In: Women Make Horror: Filmmaking, Feminism, Genre. Rutgers University Press,
A. Chambers, L. Garforth (2019). Reading science: SF and the uses of literature. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Literature and Science. Palgrave,
DA. Kirby, AC. Chambers (2018). Playing God: religious influences on the depictions of science in mainstream movies. B. Nerlich, S. Hartley, S. Raman, A. Smith. In: Science, politics and the dilemmas of openness: here be monsters. Manchester: Manchester University Press, pp.278-302.
AC. Chambers, HJ. Elizabeth (2017). It’s Grimm Up North: Domestic Obscenity, Assimilation Anxiety and Medical Salvation in BBC Three’s In the Flesh. EH. Mazierska. In: Heading North. Springer International Publishing, pp.193-211.
AC. Chambers (2016). Challenging Perceptions of Paedophilia in Contemporary US Cinema. J. Gwynne. In: Transgression in Anglo-American Cinema: Gender, Sex and the Deviant Body. Columbia University Press, pp.131-146.
A. Chambers “We’re saving rich white guys’ history?”: Women scientists, new and imagined pasts, and narratives of science on screen. King’s College London, 16/12/2019.
A. Chambers, HJ. Elizabeth Inhuman caregiving, emotional labour, and the dehumanised public health service in Humans. University of Liverpool, 19/7/2019.
A. Chambers Screening Women in STEMM since 2000. Cardiff University, Wales, 17/12/2018.
A. Chambers ‘‘Somewhere between science and superstition’: Religious Outrage, Horrific Science, and The Exorcist’. Queen’s University Belfast, 19/10/2018.
AC. Chambers Science Fiction Filmmakers as Archivists of Science’. Science Museum, London, 17/11/2017.
AC. Chambers Nature Strikes Back: Popular Science, Environmental Science/fictions, and Eco-activism. Senate House, London, 8/11/2017.
AC. Chambers, HJ. Elizabeth Inhuman care-giving, emotional labour, and the dehumanised public health service in Humans. Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester, 20/10/2017.
AC. Chambers ‘Somewhere between science and superstition’: Religious Outrage, Horrific Science, and The Exorcist. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23/7/2017.
AC. Chambers, L. Garforth Unsettling Scientific Stories: Fictional Futures and Sociological Speculation. Toronto, Canada, 24/5/2017.
AC. Chambers ‘Somewhere between science and superstition’: Religious Outrage, Horrific Science, and The Exorcist. Milwaukee, WI, USA, 26/10/2016.