Ewan Kirkland lectures in media and screen studies with specialist research interests in digital gaming, children’s culture, and media representations of identity.
Ewan's research includes extensive work on the Silent Hill videogame series, and the depiction of masculinity, heterosexuality and ethnic whiteness in popular culture. He has also spoken at numerous academic and non-academic contexts on such diverse subjects as Battlestar Galactica, My Little Pony and Little Big Planet. Writing about videogames, survival horror, zombies, and Silent Hill, Ewan has explored issues of narrative, gender and racial representations, ethics, discourses of art, self-reflexivity, and immersion. Ewan has spoken at conferences and conventions on media paratexts, whiteness, and analogue remediation in this long running horror videogame franchise.
Reflecting his multidisciplinary approach, Ewan has been published in journals such as Screen, Games and Culture, Brumal: Research Journal on the Fantastic, Gothic Studies, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media and Camera Obscura. 'Children's Media and Modernity: Film, Television and Digital Games', based on Ewan's PhD thesis, was published by Peter Lang in 2018.