Dr. Kelli Fuery

Dr. Kelli Fuery

Associate Professor
Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Creative and Cultural Industries
Expertise: Contemporary Visual Culture; Film Theory; Psychosocial and Cultural Theory;
Office Location: 428 N. Glassell, 102
Phone: 714.516.5016
Scholarly Works:
Digital Commons
Macquarie University, Bachelor of Arts
Murdoch University, Ph.D.


Dr. Kelli Fuery completed her B.A. (Hons) at Macquarie University in Critical and Cultural Studies, graduating in 1995 with First Class Honors. Before joining Chapman University, she held posts in contemporary film, media and cultural studies at Monash University; the University of Newcastle, Australia; and in the (now) School of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London. She completed her PhD (2005) at Murdoch University in Critical Theory, Film and Visual Culture. Her research explores why we mediate the world around us in the ways that we do, examining how our inner worlds influence the social and cultural contexts which influence our choices. Focusing on various modes within visual culture, Fuery is interested in the poisoning and mechanics of power and knowledge, the assembly and dismantling of structures, and the role ethics plays in the exchange of aesthesis. She is the author of five books, including Visual Cultures and Critical Theory (co-authored, 2003), New Media: Culture and Image (2009), The Gift and Visual Culture: Doubles, Disruption and Exchange (2008), Wilfred Bion, Thinking and Emotional Experience with Moving Images (2018), and most recently, Ambiguous Cinema: From Simone de Beauvoir to Feminist Film-Phenomenology (2022). Her sixth book is an edited collection titled Film Phenomenologies: Temporality, Embodiment, Transformation, forthcoming 2024 with Edinburgh University Press. She is a founding scholar for the British Psychoanalyst Council, an Editorial Board Member for Film-Philosophy journal and Special Issues Editor for Film Maters.

Contemporary Post-1960s Visual Culture; Film and Cultural Theory (especially the intersection of emotion, aesthetics and identity politics); Film-Philosophy (specifically the work of Simone de Beauvoir; and Object Relations psychoanalysis).


Scholar of the British Psychoanalytic Council

Society of Cinema and Media Studies

NECS European Network for Cinema and Media Studies

Cultural Studies Association (CSA)

Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions

Editorial Committee of Fibreculture Journal

Editorial Board Member for Arts Future Book Series, Gylphi Press, UK

Reviewer for Theory, Culture and Society

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Fuery, K. (2022). Ambiguous Cinema: From Simone de Beauvoir to Feminist Film-Phenomenology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Faculty Mentor and Guest Editor for full Student-Run Issue with Film Matters, 12.2, ‘The Monstrous'.
Fuery, K. (2020). The Two Textures of Invisibility: Shoes as Liminal Questionings in Sullivan’s Travels. In E. Ezra and C. Wheatley (Eds.) Shoe Reels: The History and Philosophy of Footwear in Film. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Fuery, K. 2020. "Aesthetics, ethics and trauma in the cinema of Pedro Almodóvar," Studies in European Cinema, DOI: 10.1080/17411548.2020.1741131
Fuery, K. 2020. "Empty Time as Traumatic Duration: Towards a Cinematic Aevum." Film-Philosophy 24:2, 204-221.
Fuery, K. 2020. The Use of a (Cinematic) Object: Difficult Emotional Work with Film, Psyche On Campus, University of Pennsylvania. Invited blog post.
‘The Unlived Lives of Cinema’ in The Routledge International Handbook of Jungian Film Studies. London and New York: Routledge.
Faculty Mentor and Guest Editor for full Student-Run Issue with Film Matters, 9.2, ‘Neglected Cinema and Post-Global Politics’.
Wilfred Bion, Thinking and Emotional Experience with Moving Images: Being Embedded. London and New York: Routledge.
‘Carla Ambrosio Garcia, Bion in Film Theory and Analysis: The Retreat in Film’, Screen, vol. 58, 3, 1 pp. 372–375.
‘Mulvey as Political Weapon’, The New Review of Film and Television Studies, vol. 15, 4, pp. 435-441
Faculty Mentor and Guest Editor for ‘Screened Violence’ Dossier in Film Matters 8.1
2016, ‘On Being Tricked’, The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, vol. 76, 1, pp. 35-56.
'The Pharmakon of the Apocalypse' in H. Schwartz and C. Gutierrez (eds.) The End That Does: Art, Science and Millennial Accomplishments New York: Equinox Press; Routledge Press (second publishing, original 2006).
(2013) with P. Fuery, ‘Agitational Ethics’ in Conradiana (vol. 43. 2, 3) University of Texas Press