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Jemma Gilboy

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham School of Art & Design

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Dr Jemma Gilboy is a Senior Lecturer on and the Module leader for the Animation Studies modules on our BA (Hons) Animation course. She teaches animation history, animation theory and film theory, which provide students with the contextual knowledge that informs their own creative practice and supports them in forging unique identities in the landscape of the discipline.

Career overview

Dr Gilboy obtained a BFA in Film and Video Production (2008) and a BA (Hons) in Film Studies (2009) from the University of Regina, an MSc (Res) in Film Studies (2011) from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Film Studies (2016) from the University of Hull.  She earned Full Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2020. Prior to joining Nottingham Trent University (2016), Dr Gilboy held a Research Fellowship (2014 – 2016) at the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) where she performed research on modern slavery and contributed to the Global Slavery Index in 2015 and 2016, and performed on-site corporate social responsibility audits for a number of UK-based producers. She was also a Tutor in Film Studies for Dr Amy Davis’s American Animation History module at the University of Hull (2013 – 2015).

Dr Gilboy was nominated by Animation students and subsequently shortlisted for the NTSU Student-Led Teaching Awards prize for Outstanding Teaching Staff in the School of Art and Design in 2018 and 2019.  She won the award in 2020.

Research areas

Following on from her doctoral research, which focused on The Simpsons, its online fandom and meme theory, Dr Gilboy continues to develop memetics as a viable theoretical paradigm for digital-era screen studies.

At the 30th Annual Society for Animation Studies June 2018, Dr Gilboy presented research on teaching animation history, with a focus on pedagogical approaches to difficult representations of race, gender and culture in early animation.  She is currently developing a journal article based on her research and findings in this area.

Dr Gilboy is developing a chapter for a forthcoming publication; the chapter explores the evolution of animator Don Hertzfeldt’s career and the relationships of his aesthetics to approaches in early animation, Nietzschean nihilism, philosophies of the absurd, and the Victorian crisis of faith that followed the publication of Charles Darwin’s 1882 On the Origin of the Species.


Gilboy, Jemma, 2019. “The Violentest Place on Earth: Adventures in Censorship, Nostalgia and Pastiche.” In Discussing Disney. Amy M. Davis, Ed.  New Barnet, Hertfordshire: John Libbey Publishing.

Davis, Amy M., Gilboy, Jemma and Zborowski, James, 2015. “How Time Works in The Simpsons.” Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal Vol. 10 Issue 3: 175 – 188.

Gilboy, Jemma, “Shaking Countries Overseas: Bruce Lee as a Transnational and Polycultural Celebrity Figure.” Splice Magazine (Summer 2009): 18 – 24.

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Course(s) I teach on

  • Work by 3rd Year BA (Hons) Animation student, Greta Levickyte.
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2023

  • Work by 3rd Year BA (Hons) Animation student, Greta Levickyte.
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2024

  • BA Filmmaking
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2023

  • BA Filmmaking
    Undergraduate | Full-time | 2024

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