Dr Alex Hastie

Alex Hastie is a lecturer in human geography at Coventry University, with expertise in film/cinema, audiences, postcolonial and popular culture.

Alex has researched and written about the relationship between postcolonial cinema, popular culture and film audiences. His PhD, Postcolonial Popcorn, examined contemporary Maghrebi-French film for the ways it uses Hollywood genre to tell unfamiliar stories in familiar ways. Alex is now pursuing new research into how people engage with diverse film cultures through online streaming platforms ranging from Netflix to MUBI.

Email: alex.hastie@coventry.ac.uk

Twitter: hastie_PhD


Hastie, A., 2021. Postcolonial Geopolitics: Reading Contemporary Geopolitics in Maghrebi-French War Films. Geopolitics, pp.1-18.

Hastie, A., 2020. Popular postcolonial masculinities: gangsters and soldiers in Maghrebi-French cinema. Gender, Place & Culture, 27(2), pp.153-174.

Hastie, A., 2019. Proximate Spaces of Violence: Multidirectional Memory in Rachid Bouchareb’s Days of Glory and Outside the Law. In Memory and Postcolonial Studies: Synergies and New Directions (pp. 255-274). Peter Lang.

Home Cinema: New Spaces of Film Consumption in the Digital Age

Alex is working on a new project, Home Cinema, investigating the opportunities and challenges that online streaming platforms, or Video on Demand (VoD), offer for meaningful engagement with diverse film cultures. The project takes breathes new life into geographical scholarship into film and film audiences, bringing it together with debates in postcolonialism, popular culture, and digital geographies.

Curriculum Vitae

2018 – present: Assistant Lecturer in Human Geography, Coventry University

2013-2017: PhD, Geography, University of Sheffield

2012-2013: MA, Development Studies, University of Manchester

2009-2012: BA, Human Geography with Politics, Keele University


1003EXQ People and Place (module leader/convener)

1004EXQ Field Techniques and Skills

2006EXQ Development, Culture, and Change

2007EXQ Becoming a Human Geographer

2008EXQ Project Preparation for Human Geography (module leader/convener)

3005EXQ Living on the Edge: Geographies of Marginalisation (module leader/convener)

3017EXQ Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll: Alternative Geographies of Pleasure