About us

As of 2021 BIRMAC Co-Directors are Dr Rebekah Cupitt and Dr Lina Dzuverovic who will be building on the work of previous directors Dr Janet McCabe, Dr Silke Arnold de Simine and the late Dr Lorraine Lim.

Dr Rebekah Cupitt is a Lecturer at Birkbeck’s Department for Film, Media and Cultural Studies. Rebekah’s research focuses on the people who use technology in their everyday lives and the socio-cultural aspects of technology relevant to its design. More specifically, Rebekah examines the ways in which technology influences communication in Swedish Sign Language and how it then becomes an active participant in performances of dDeaf (and hearing) identity in technology and media-rich organisational contexts. Rebekah’s research takes a post-human and anti-normative approach to techno-utopias which often haunt human-computer interactions and therefore have implications for design. Cupitt has a BA (University of Queensland, Australia) and an MA in Social Anthropology (Stockholm University, Sweden) and holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction specialising in Mediated Communication (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden).

Installation image from the exhibition Monuments Should Not be Trusted, Nottingham Contemporary, 2016.

Dr Lina Dzuverovic is Lecturer in Arts Policy and Management at the Department for Film, Media and Cultural Studies, an independent curator and founding director of Electra, a London-based contemporary arts organisation. Her research focuses on feminist art histories and contemporary art as a site of solidarity and community-building. Lina founded the Decolonial Feminist Forum at Birkbeck in 2019. 

Previously Lina was Artistic Director of Calvert 22 Foundation, Media Arts Curator at ICA, London, Education Curator at Lux Centre and has taught fine art at University of Reading and Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz, Austria. Select exhibitions include: “Monuments Should Not Be Trusted” (Nottingham Contemporary, 2016), “Sanja Iveković – Unknown Heroine” (South London Gallery and Calvert 22 Foundation, 2012), “27 Senses” (Chisenhale Gallery, London; Kunstmuseet KUBE, Norway, 2009/10), “Favoured Nations” (5th Nordic Biennial of Contemporary Art, 2009), “Her Noise” (South London Gallery, 2005).

Prior to completing her PhD at the Critical Writing in Art & Design Department, Royal College of Art (2017) and Tate (CDA AHRC), Lina studied at The London Consortium, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and Chelsea College of Art and Design.

Affiliated Researchers

We are always looking for interdisciplinary researchers investigating culture and media in new and interesting ways. Currently our affiliated researchers are: Marcos Centeno, Lecturer Lecturer, University of Valencia; and Katrina Black, Research Assistant.

Marcos Centeno is Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Valencia and Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London where he was the former Japanese Programme director. His research interests revolve around Japanese documentary film, postwar avant-garde, war-time memory, image theory, transnationality and representation of minorities. His most recent research projects Japanese Documentary Filmmaker Haneda Sumiko. Authorship and Gender Discourses (2021-22) as well as Japanese Transnational Cinema (2018-19) were sponsored by several British and Japanese institutions such as Sasakawa, Daiwa, Japan Foundation and MEXT (Japanese Ministry of Education). He has recently coedited with Michael Raine Developments in the Japanese Documentary Mode (Arts, 2021) and with Norimasa Morita Japan beyond its Borders: Transnational Approaches to Film and Media (Seibunsha, 2020) and Japanese Transnational Cinema (Arts, 2020).

Katrina Black is a freelance Editor, Researcher and Dramaturg, and a Research Associate of interdisciplinary arts organisation Jupiter Woods. She has worked with leading publishers, organisations, institutions and not-for-profits spaces in London for over eight years, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Another Gaze, Flash Art, Art Monthly, the academic journal Memory Studies and others, and for institutions including the Barbican Centre, the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Film and Video Umbrella and South London Gallery. She is a freelance Editor and has completed an MRes in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths University in October 2019, with a specialism in women’s film  and experimental literature. Her PhD co-supervised with the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing and the Department of Law commences at Birkbeck University in September 2022.

Our History

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BIRMAC was co-founded In 2014 By Dr Janet McCabe And Dr Lorraine Lim who co-directed the centre until 2017.

Between 2017-2021 BIRMAC was co-directed by Dr Janet McCabe, Reader in Television and Film Studies and Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Reader in Memory, Media & Cultural Studies.

Our Partners

We have a few partners which makes the work we do at BIRMAC possible.

Justin Schlosberg was the founding co-ordinator of the Media Reform Coalition a network of civil society groups campaigning for reform of media ownership and for a free and accountable press.