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Jemma Gilboy

Senior Lecturer

School of Art & Design


Dr Jemma Gilboy is 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 MScRes in Film Studies (2011) from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Film Studies (2016) from the University of Hull. 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. She was also a Tutor in Film Studies for Dr Amy Davis’s American Animation History module at the University of Hull (2013 – 2015).

During her studies in Canada, Jemma also held the Production Assistant/Membership Coordinator position at the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative. Here she taught filmmaking and traditional animation skills, techniques and theory to a wide variety of participants.

Dr Gilboy was shortlisted for the NTSU Student-Led Teaching Awards prize for Outstanding Teaching Staff in May 2018.

Research areas

At the 30th Annual Society for Animation Studies June 2018, Dr Gilboy will present research on teaching animation history, with a focus on pedagogical approaches to difficult representations of race, gender and culture in early animation.

Jemma 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.

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


Gilboy, Jemma, “The Violentest Place on Earth: Adventures in Censorship, Nostalgia and Pastiche.” Chapter in Discussing Disney: The Novelization [working title]. Amy M. Davis, Ed.  New Barnet, Hertfordshire: John Libbey Publishing, forthcoming.

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