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Kerr Castle

 Kerr Castle

PhD Candidate



Television Studies PhD candidate (second year of study) looking at the theme of comfort and television. My audience research (Comfort TV Research Project) is very much focused on the (positive) impact of television on viewer well-being - I'm studying three groups: family units, first year undergraduate students, and hospital patients - and TV's potential to be utilised by viewers as a therapeutic tool of sorts, able to make them feel better etc. I also have a dedicated blog on this topic (URL below). Prior to this, I was a TV subtitler working in access services, and I recently delivered a paper at the Discourses of Care Conference at the University of Glasgow (Sept 2016) on the richness of audio description and what this process of audiovisual translation means for impaired audiences and TV academics alike. I've always had a strong interest in care, be it social or medical, with family working for the NHS, the Care Commission, and so forth, and am really interested in pursuing further research in these areas.

Research and Teaching Interests

Comfort and television/therapeutic value of TV viewing, ethics and audience research (currently conducting a study with the NHS), audio description/access services and the use of media by individuals with a sensory impairment, remediating the British television archive/restoring TV histories



  • College of Arts, School of Culture and Creative Arts