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Dr Michael Hrebeniak

College Lecturer

Michael Hrebeniak directs studies in English at Wolfson, where he is College Lecturer, a post he also holds at Magdalene. His 70-minute film-poem, Stirbitch: An Imaginary, was premiered by the Heong Gallery in December 2019, prior to being screened at the Whitechapel. His accompanying essay on cinematic representations of urban space and cultural memory erasure was published in Cinematic Urban Geographies (2017). Before arriving at Cambridge he worked as an arts documentary producer and researcher for Channel 4 TV. He is currently preparing a cinematic installation for The Russian Report group show at Tate Modern: a collaboration with the journalist, Carole Cadwalladr, on her investigations into Russian interference in Transatlantic financial and political systems. Further recent publications include chapters in edited collections on ecopoetics, photography, televisual representations of the everyday, the 1968 uprisings and jazz writing. His concern with interdisciplinarity informed his first monograph, Action Writing: Jack Kerouac’s Wild Form, which located Beat writing within the contemporary milieu of painting, music and radical politics. He chaired the English Faculty's Visual Culture Subject Group Committee between 2011 and 2015, and has supervised and examined many dissertations for the Film and Screen Studies MPhil. He was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship for the 2020-21 academic year to support research for his new book, Bottled Neon, on the documentary poetics of the BBC Arena strand, which will be published by the BFI in 2022.

Contact details:

Wolfson College, 
Barton Road, 


Tel: 01223 (3)35903

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