I am a senior lecturer in film studies and joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2018. I predominately work in the fields of science communication and screen studies and I am particularly interested in the relationship between entertainment media and the public understanding of science.
My research examines the intersection of science and cinema, the representation of women scientists, science-based fiction screen media, and gendered filmmaking practices. I have previously researched and taught in the fields of visual culture, film history and theory, science communication, and science fiction studies at Newcastle University, the University of Manchester, and Bangor University. I was awarded my PhD in History and Film from Bangor University in 2013 (‘Film & History: Planet of the Apes as History’).
I am particularly interested in promoting women’s participation in the creative industries from both scientific and media production perspectives. I am currently developing a major activist/research project exploring the representation and projected futures of women and minority groups within scientific cultures and imagined futures in science-based fictions.I also research and publish work on domestic medical horror, women filmmakers in horror and science fiction, narratives of women’s science expertise in the media, and transmedia storytelling.
I also contribute articles and posts to a number of different platforms including the Manchester-based Science and Entertainment Lab, The Guardian, B*tch Flicks, and The Conversation. I have contributed my research and expertise to events including British Science Festival, Bristol Science Film Festival, Silbersalz Science and Media Festival, and the Copenhagen Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX*). I also work with HOME, a local arts venue, introducing screenings and leading discussions, and I recently taught a course on Women in Science Fiction as part of their 2019 'Celebrating Women in Global Cinema' season.
I am research-led lecturer and enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and expertise in my chosen subject areas with students. Teaching also gives me the opportunity to also explore and develop interests and knowledge outside of my specific field of research and engage with the changing nature of global contemporary film and media production, reception, and dissemination.
I am the unit leader for the third year/level 6 units World Cinemas (1H6Z0107 & 1H6Z0116) and Science Fiction (1H6Z0104). I also teach on first year/level 3 units Introduction to Media and Questions of Cinema.
Always do the reading.
A. Chambers ‘Somewhere between science and superstition’: Religious Outrage, Horrific Science, and The Exorcist. History of the Human Sciences.
AC. Chambers (2019). From sacred to scientific. Science Fiction Film & Television. 12(3), pp.303-322.
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: Fighting for the Future – Essays on Star Trek: Discovery. Liverpool University Press,
A. Chambers (2020). 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 (2020). Representing Women of Science in Film and TV. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Women and Science. Palgrave,
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.