Dr Tanya Horeck

Reader in Film, Media and Culture

Co-Director, ARC Media

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Cambridge School of Creative Industries

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Film , Media , Gender

Research Supervision:Yes

Tanya’s areas of expertise include digital violence and spectatorship, gender, sexuality, and feminism, contemporary popular TV and cinema, theories of violence and affect, crime and representation.



Tanya completed her doctorate at the University of Sussex in 2000, where she held a Commonwealth Scholarship. Her previous degrees (BA, MA) are from Carleton University in Canada.

She has published widely on violence and spectatorship in a range of peer-reviewed journals including New Formations, Women: A Cultural Review, Screen and Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal. Tanya is co-director of the Anglia Research Centre in Media & Culture (ARC Media), which promotes collaborative research in film and media, cultural theory, and digital network culture. She's currently writing her second monograph, Capturing Crime in the Digital Age (forthcoming, Wayne State University Press, 2016).

Research interests

  • Contemporary popular cinema
  • Digital violence and spectatorship
  • Documentary film and theory
  • Representations and theories of violence
  • Crime, media and culture
  • Affect theory
  • Feminist theory 
  • Gender, sexuality and popular culture

Areas of research supervision

Tanya is keen to supervise PhDs in any of the areas listed under her research interests.


  • DPhil, University of Sussex, 2000
  • MA, Carleton University, 1995
  • BA, Carleton University, 1992

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studie
  • British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies
  • Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association
  • Film Studies Association of Canada

Selected recent publications

Horeck, T., 2014. #askthicke: 'Blurred Lines', Rape Culture, and the Feminist Hashtag Takeover. In: Feminist Media Studies, forthcoming Autumn 2014.

Horeck, T., 2014. This film will rock you to your core: Emotion and Affect in Dear Zachary and the Real Crime Documentary., In: Crime, Media, Culture, Summer.

2014. Co-curator (with Tina Kendall) of Extreme Memes: O-Faces, Paper Bags and the Paratexts of Nymph ()maniac. In Media Res.

2014. Co-curator (with Tina Kendall) of Idiot Media: The Culture of Neknomination Videos. In Media Res.

Horeck, T., Åström, B. and Gregersdotter, K. (Eds.), 2013. Rape in Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy and Beyond. London/NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Horeck, T., and Kendall, T., 2013. The New Extremisms: Rethinking Extreme Cinema. Cinephile, 8(2), pp.7-9.

Horeck, T., and Kendall, T. (Eds.), 2011. The New Extremism in Cinema: From France to Europe. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press.

Horeck, T., 2009. Lost Girls: The Fiction of Joyce Carol Oates. In: Contemporary Women’s Writing. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp.24-39.

Horeck, T., 2007. From Document to Drama: Capturing Aileen Wuornos. Screen, 48(2), Summer, pp.141-159.

Horeck, T., 2004. Public Rape: Representing Violation in Fiction and Film. London/New York: Routledge.