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Owen is a Professor of Film in the Department of English & Creative Arts at Edge Hill University. After completing his BA and PhD in German Studies at Swansea University, he worked as a Lektor in the English Department of the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz in Germany before his appointment to a lectureship in German at the University of Wales Bangor in 1995. He returned to Swansea in 2005 to teach film in the newly formed Media department, before moving to Edge Hill in 2011.

He is co-founding editor of the international journals Studies in European Cinema and the Journal of European Popular Culture. He is an AHRC Peer Review College member and Strategic Reviewer. He is a Fellow of the RSA and HEA, and an Associate Member of the RSPH.

He is currently Co-I on the AHRC-funded Everyday Creativity Research Network (2022-24) [see Projects for more information].

Research interests

European Cinema

Arts festivals

Arts, health and wellbeing

Representations of history

Cultural memory

Representations of multiculturalism and cultural identity

German film and television

German culture


East German history, society and culture

Representations of totalitarianism

Representations of adoption

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

German Studies, PhD, Swansea University

… → 1995

German Studies, BA, Swansea University

… → 1990

Other positions

Swansea University


Lecturer, Bangor University


Lektor, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz


Research Groups

  • Culture Power and Inclusion Research Group


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