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CineMuseSpace: A Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences



Janina is the principal Research Associate of the 'CineMuseSpace: A Cinematic Musée Imaginaire of Spatial Cultural Differences' project and a Postdoctoral Affiliate and College Mentor at Newnham College. She is also a Research Associate of the GCRF-funded ‘CineGenus’ project that examines energy consumption patterns in Indian films.

She holds a PhD in Architecture from the University of Cambridge, which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and focused on military simulations of urban spaces and populations. She was awarded a British Research Council Fellowship at the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress in Washington, DC in 2015-2016 and a Camargo Foundation Fellowship in 2017. In 2018, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Nanjing.

Janina also works as a film and television producer on news and documentary films for ZDF German television in London. Her most recent projects include two primetime, feature-length documentaries. She has previously acquired varied work experiences in the media ranging from reviewing film scripts in the ARTE feature films office and creating stop motion animation films to assisting directors on soap opera, music and comedy television sets for Bavaria Film, RTL and Sat1.

Janina teaches various classes of the 2nd and 3rd year BA modules on architecture and the moving image and supervises and acts as advisor for a range of undergraduate and postgraduate theses.

She previously completed a BA in Film, Radio and Television Studies with First Class Honours at Canterbury Christ Church University and an MPhil in Screen Media and Cultures with Distinction at the University of Cambridge.


Key publications: 
  • J. Schupp, ‘The Dysfunctional City: Urban Malaise in Los Angeles during the Late 1940s through the Lens of Film Noir’, in C. J. Miller and J. J. Ward (Eds.), Urban Noir: New York and Los Angeles in Shadow and Light, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017
  • J. Schupp, ‘Margins versus Centre: Cinematic Tensions and Conflict between the Suburbs and Paris’, in D. Forrest, G. Harper and J. Rayner (Eds.), Filmurbia: Screening the Suburbs, London: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2017
  • J. Schupp, ‘Blocking Space: Metaphorical spatial constraints in the cinematography and mise-en-scène of Cock Fight’, Short Film Studies, Volume 6 Number 2, 2016
Principal Research Associate
Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Dr Janina  Schupp