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Matthew Boswell

Dr Matthew Boswell

Programme Manager

School of Journalism, Media and Culture


Matthew is the Media Cymru Programme Manager with overall responsibility for the day-to-day management and operations of a 23-partner consortium of film and television companies, broadcasters, public bodies, development agencies, and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Matthew has extensive experience of developing and managing collaborative projects involving HEIs and organisations from the creative and cultural industries to deliver transformative social and economic impacts. As a Senior Bid Developer at Cardiff University, he managed the development of two large-scale research and innovation programmes (Media Cymru and the Cardiff Capital Region Challenge Fund) with a total value of over £60m. 

Matthew's research focuses on the cultural representation of the Holocaust and other episodes of historical violence. He has a particular interest in the relationship between digital technologies and historical memory. The research for his latest book, Virtual Holocaust Memory (Oxford University Press, 2023), was supported by an AHRC Leadership Fellowship and an AHRC project called Virtual Holocaust Memoryscapes that involved a partnership with the Bergen-Belsen and Neuengamme Memorial Sites.

Matthew also has a developing interest in how film and television engages with the climate crisis. This research is closely linked to the portfolio of R&D projects in Media Cymru and the programme's commitment to creating a green and fair media sector.






Virtual Holocaust Memory with Antony Rowland (New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023). 

Holocaust Impiety in Literature, Popular Music and Film (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

Refereed journal articles

'Reading Genocide Memorial Sites in Rwanda: Eurocentrism, Sensory Secondary Witnessing and Shame', in a special edition of Mémoires en jeu on 'Dark Tourism', eds. Annette Becker and Charles Forsdick (Paris: Editions Kimé, 2017), pp. 80-87. 

'Downfall: The Nazi Genocide as a Natural Disaster', The Journal of Holocaust Studies: A Journal of Culture and History, special issue on Representing Perpetrators in Holocaust Literature and Film, eds. Jenni Adams and Sue Vice, Volume 17, Numbers 2-3, Autumn/Winter 2011, pp. 165-84.

'"Black Phones": The Holocaust Poetry of Sylvia Plath', in a special edition of Critical Survey on Holocaust Poetry, eds. Robert Eaglestone and Antony Rowland (Berghahn, 2008), pp. 53-64.

Book chapters

'Beyond Autobiography: Hybrid Testimony and the Art of Witness', in The Future of Testimony, eds. Rick Crownshaw, Jane Kilby and Antony Rowland (London and New York: Routledge, 2014), pp. 144-59.

'Holocaust Literature and the Taboo', in The Bloomsbury Companion to Holocaust Literature, ed. Jenni Adams (London: Bloomsbury, 2014), pp. 179-97.

'Downfall: The Nazi Genocide as a Natural Disaster', reprinted in Representing Perpetrators in Holocaust Literature and Film, eds. Jenni Adams and Sue Vice (London and Portland: Valentine Mitchell, 2012), pp. 147-64

'Reading Holocaust Poetry: Genre, Authority and Identification', in The Future of Memory, eds. Rick Crownshaw, Jane Kilby and Antony Rowland (Berghahn, 2010), pp. 165-177.

'The Black Book: John Berryman's Holocaust Requiem', in 'After thirty falls': New Essays on John Berryman, eds. Philip Coleman and Philip McGowan (New York and Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007), pp. 11-27.


'Holocaust Literature', in Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory, ed. Eugene O'Brien (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017).


'The Gateway Drug: On Triptych: Three Studies of Manic Street Preachers' The Holy Bible' (Los Angeles Review of Books, 10 August 2017).

'Who Will Save Us Now? A Review of Holy Nowhere by Nick Power' (3:AM Magazine, 28 March 2017).

'The Art of Risk' (Arts Professional, 21 July 2014).


Virtual Holocaust Memoryscapes: Scoping the Creation of Immersive, Spatial Archives of the Bergen-Belsen and Neuengamme Memorial Sites (£74,740, PI, AHRC/EPSRC Research and Partnership Development Call for the Next Generation of Immersive Experiences, 2018).

Mobilising Multidirectional Memory to Build More Resilient Communities in South Africa (£99,999, CI, AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund, 2016).

Virtual Holocaust Memory: From Testimony to Holography (£117,201, PI, AHRC Leadership Fellowship, 2015).

Transnational Holocaust Memory (£14,239, PI, World University Network: Fund for International Research Collaboration, 2014).

The Future of Holocaust Memory (£3,000 PI, World University Network: Research Mobility Programme, 2013).


  • Screen and digital media
  • Memory
  • Cultural and creative industries