My research has been concerned with formal issues relating to narration and the articulation of space in, variously, early Swedish fiction film and early Mexican actuality film, and the comparison of these practices in a media-archaeological perspective with nineteenth-century popular visual culture. My doctoral thesis examined the development of narration in Swedish film between 1912 and 1920, and identified in what ways the engagement of the historical spectator was transformed by developments in filmic narration and the institution, cinema, in Sweden. I argued that the system of representation which developed in Swedish film constituted a relatively autonomous mode, one which departed from the mode that developed concurrently in the USA.
In more recent years, my research has focused on the development of early actuality film in Mexico, comparing strategies adopted in film with transnational practices introduced into Mexico by North American and European visitors to the country in the nineteenth century. In particular, my investigations focus on how lithographic views, photographic views, and the turn-of-the-century illustrated press developed strategies that were introduced in panoramas and prospect views, and subsequently transformed in early Mexican actuality film. The outcome of this research will be a book - Picturing Mexico: From the Camera Lucida to Film –that will be published by John Libbey Publishing (UK) and Indiana University Press (USA) in 2012.