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Oliver Wilson-Nunn

Trinity Hall College
ojw33@cam.ac.uk

Research

In my doctoral research, I examine the representation of imprisonment in Argentine visual culture, beginning with photographic journalism in the popular press of the early twentieth century, passing through mid-century melodramatic cinema, sexploitation films from the 70s and 80s, and contemporary online and televisual series. In doing so, I aim to show how images of prison have constructed, moulded and at times challenged hegemonic perceptions of criminality, punishment, justice and (racial, gendered and class-based) otherness at different moments of Argentine history. My approach is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from film studies, photographic theory, cultural criminology, prison abolitionism and cultural history.

Biography

I graduated with a First Class with Distinction in Spanish and French (BA) at Cambridge in 2019, for which I was awarded the Mrs Claude Beddington Modern Languages Prize. Following this, I completed an MPhil at the Centre of Latin American Studies, supported by a Baillie Gifford Cambridge UK Masters Scholarship, achieving a Pass with Distinction. My PhD is funded by a Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities.

Beyond my studies, I have been actively involved in student film festivals in Cambridge and Uruguay. In Cambridge I served as the Head of Awards at Watersprite: The Cambridge International Student Film Festival (2018-19). In Uruguay, meanwhile, I collaborated with the Montevideo-based Festival Internacional de Cine Estudiantil (FENACIES) and the Programa de Educación Audiovisual y Lenguaje Cinematográfico (PEALC), for whom I translated the book Manual of Cinematographic Language into English. These experiences have made me passionate about developing the educational potential of film and expanding access to filmmaking.

Supervisor
Dr Joanna Page