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Dr. Janina Schupp

Dr. Janina Schupp

Affiliated Lecturer in Architecture and the Moving Image

Principal Research Associate: A Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences

Research Associate: CineGenus

Postdoctoral Affiliate and College Mentor in Architecture, Newnham College

Janina Schupp

Newnham College


Janina teaches the second year module The Culture of Images: From the Still Image to the Moving Image and the third year module The Culture of Images: The Moving Image and the City. She supervises and acts as advisor for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate theses.

Janina is also the Principal Research Associate of the 'CineMuseSpace: A Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences' project and a Postdoctoral Affiliate and College Mentor at Newnham College. In addition, she also works as a Research Associate of the GCRF-funded ‘CineGenus’ project that examines energy consumption patterns in Indian films.

She holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and focused on military simulations of urban spaces and populations. She was awarded a British Research Council Fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in 2015-2016 and a Camargo Foundation Fellowship in 2017. In 2018, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nanjing.

Janina also works as a film and television producer on news and documentary films for ZDF German television in London. Her most recent projects include two primetime, feature-length documentaries. She has previously acquired varied work experiences in the media ranging from reviewing film scripts in the ARTE feature films office and creating stop motion animation films to assisting directors on soap opera, music and comedy television sets for Bavaria Film, RTL and Sat1.

She previously completed a BA in Film, Radio and Television Studies with First Class Honours at Canterbury Christ Church University and an MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures with Distinction at the University of Cambridge.

Key Publications

Book Chapters

Schupp, J., The Dysfunctional City: Urban Malaise in Los Angeles during the Late 1940s through the Lens of Film Noir, in C. J. Miller and J. J. Ward (Eds.), Urban Noir: New York and Los Angeles in Shadow and Light, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017

Schupp, J., Margins versus Centre: Cinematic Tensions and Conflict between the Suburbs and Paris, in D. Forrest, G. Harper and J. Rayner (Eds.), Filmurbia: Screening the Suburbs, London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Schupp, J., A. Lu and F. Penz‘Cinematic Interpretation of Spatiality’, Cambridge Journal of China Studies, Volume 13, Issue 4, 2019.

Schupp, J., 'Blocking Space: Metaphorical spatial constraints in the cinematography and mise-en-scène of Cock Fight', Short Film Studies, Volume 6 Number 2, pp. 163-166, 2016

Schupp, J., 'Doppelganger Town: Artificial Urban Conflict Zones for Military Training', Scroope: The Cambridge Architecture Journal, Volume 25, 2016

Conference Papers

From 73 Easting to Digitised Exercises: Mapping Playable Battlefields from Terrain to Screen in Preparation for Middle Eastern Conflicts, Maps and Apps: Mobile media and the reconfigurations of knowledge, University of Marburg, Germany, 11/2016.

New Combat Cartographies: Dual Mapping Technologies in Military Live Training Centres, Charting the Digital: Play, Discourse, Disruption, European Research Council Charting the Digital Project, Venice, Italy, 10/2016.

Camera, Lights, Action: Augmenting Live Simulations of Urban Warfare through Entertainment Techniques, War Simulation and Global (In)Security, Global Insecurities Centre (GIC), University of Bristol, 07/2016.

Linking up Human Body and Data ‘Dividual’: The Dystopian Implications of the Biometric Surveillance Pharmakon, Bodies in Transformation – Interdisciplinary Symposium on Fictional Representations of Bodies on Screen, University of Hertfordshire, UK, 05/2016.

Creating War: The Hybridization of Cinema, Media and Video Game Technologies in Military Training, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, SCMS, Atlanta, GA, 03/2016.

Exploring Urban Malaise in Los Angeles through the Lens of Film Noir, 5th Annual International Conference on Architecture, ATINER, Athens, Greece, 07/2015.

The Menace II the Boyz is the Hood: Ghettocentric Films and West Coast Gangsta Rap as Sites of Spatial Resistance in Los Angeles, CINECRI'15: II. International Film Studies and Cinematic Arts Conference, DAKAM, Istanbul, Turkey, 06/2015.

Hybrid Battlefield Simulations, ArcXchange: Cross-disciplinary Architecture Conference, University of Cambridge, UK, 04/2015.

Spaces of Exclusion: The Expressive Cinematic Space of Pasolini’s Rome in Accattone and Mamma Roma, INTER[SECTIONS] Conference on Architecture, City and Cinema, Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (FAUP), University of Porto, Portugal, 09/2013.