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DR Joshua McNamara


  • Media Ethnography (ethnography of scriptwriting, critical production ethnography)
  • Media in Crisis (media/crisis theory, non-western cli-fi, visions of trauma/memory)
  • Screen Cultures (African film history, alternative distribution, informal film economies)
  • Urban Studies (alternative creative economies, African cities, grassroots cultural production, urban refugees)



  • Joshua McNamara is a researcher whose inter-methodological work incorporates ethnography, historical analysis and close textual readings into the study complex urban media cultures. His most recent research offered a practice-based ethnography of film production in Nairobi as the basis for an extended critique of the institutional nexus between screen media and international development in urban Kenya. He currently works as lecturer in Screen and Cultural Studies at the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, where he coordinates courses on documentary cinema and city cultures.    


Member of

  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). Member 2016 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, School of Oriental and African Studies 2016
  • MA, School of Oriental and African Studies 2010
  • BA (Hons), University of Warwick 2008

Awards and honors

  • Post-graduate Essay Writing Prize, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, 2010