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Dr Jessica Balanzategui


Jessica Balanzategui is a Lecturer in Cinema and Screen Studies in the Department of Media and Communication. Previously, she was a Research Fellow in the Transformative Technologies Research Unit at The University of Melbourne. Jessica's research examines representations of childhood, trauma and national identity in global cinema, and the formal and aesthetic properties of the horror genre across different cultures and media. A key interest of Jessica's current research is the “digital gothic,” an early twenty-first-century cycle of films, television and online content fixated with the transition from analogue to digital audiovisual media technologies. Jessica is also leading an inter-disciplinary team at Swinburne across the fields of media, education and neuroscience to examine how digital technologies are reshaping our understandings of children’s play. Jessica's work has appeared in refereed journals such as Studies in Australasian Cinema, Horror Studies, M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture and Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media, and in edited collections published by Palgrave Macmillan, McFarland and Lexington. Her book, The Uncanny Child in Transnational Cinema: Ghosts of Futurity in the Twenty-first Century, is under contract with Amsterdam University Press.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Associate.


Also published as: Balanzategui, Jessica; Balanzategui, J.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Film Genres in the Digital Age *; VILLAGE ONLINE INVESTMENTS PTY LTD

* Chief Investigator

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