Impact on HEIs beyond the submitting HEI and in non-academic literature, media and institutions
Submitting InstitutionUniversity of West London
Unit of AssessmentCommunication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management
Summary Impact TypeSocietal
Research Subject Area(s)
Studies In Creative Arts and Writing: Film, Television and Digital Media
Language, Communication and Culture: Cultural Studies, Literary Studies
Summary of the impact
The nature of the impact described in this case study is twofold. First the case study evidences the
impact Dowd's research has had on learning and teaching in other Higher Education Institutions.
The evidence for this lies in the use of Dowd's publications by educators on University courses in
the UK, the US, Australia and elsewhere. Impact of books and articles published in the period
1998-2013 which are used in syllabi at other HEIs is evidenced by their inclusion in course
documents published by those institutions during the census period for REF2014. The second,
related, strand of impact may be ascertained by the extent to which the same body of research has
been responded to and engaged with outside the domain of academic literature.
The type of research conducted by Dowd relies on the mechanisms of dissemination afforded by
academia, in order to find its pathway to impact through the influence it exerts on academics
beyond his own institution, to include his work in their course reading lists. His adventurous and
imaginative approach, combined with his flexibility in terms of disciplinary boundaries has resulted
in a reputation that, over time, has led also to invitations and opportunities to disseminate his
research in non-academic forums (listed below in section 4).
Dowd's 2003 book, Leos Carax, co-authored with Daly and published in the French Film Directors
series by Manchester University Press, analysed the career to date of the titular French film
director. The book's methodological framework was derived from immersion in film criticism of the
1980s as this was carried out in the influential film journal Cahiers du cinéma, combined with an
experiment in the application of theories developed in the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze's two-
volume work on cinema. The book expanded the range of Deleuze's concepts and brought them
into explicit contact with the little-studied intellectual and cultural background to Deleuze's
Dowd later returned to excavate aspects of the legacy of Cahiers, and in particular its chief
ideologue and editor (in the 1970s), Serge Daney. Following a paper at the annual Film-Philosophy
conference in 2009, he was invited to contribute (on the basis of the underpinning research) to
what was to become a popular and high-selling volume widely used in undergraduate curricula.1 In
three subsequent articles included in REF Section 2, Dowd explores the intertwining legacies of
film practice (Rivette in Dowd 2010, and another article not cited in the underpinning research due
to restrictions of space2), film criticism (Daney, in Dowd 2010) and film-philosophy (Deleuze in both
Dowd 2009 and 2010).
The research which culminated in the publication of his book Abstract Machines: Samuel Beckett
and Philosophy after Deleuze and Guattari (Dowd 2007) began with the publication of essays in
The Journal of Beckett Studies in 1998 and continued over the following 5 years. From 1998 to
2001 Dowd was a lecturer in English Literature but also taught in the field of Film Studies. Dowd's
interdisciplinary approach to his fields of study was further evidenced in the 2006 volume Genre
Matters: Essays in Theory and Criticism (co-edited with Stevenson and Strong, the latter also
submitting in this UOA).3
During the period 1995-present Dowd has published book reviews in a range of significant peer-
reviewed journals, but also in the periodical Radical Philosophy (which has a substantial non-
academic readership). He has delivered over 45 conference papers since 1998, published 25 peer-
reviewed articles, and 15 chapters in edited volumes.
References to the research
1. Dowd, Garin (2003) Leos Carax, Manchester University Press, French Film Directors
Series. Co-author: Fergus Daly.
2. Dowd, Garin, Lesley Stevenson and Jeremy Strong eds (2006) Genre Matters: Essays in
Theory and Criticism, Introduction by Garin Dowd, Intellect Books, 2006).
3. Dowd, Garin (2007) Abstract Machines: Samuel Beckett and Philosophy after Deleuze and
Guattari, Editions Rodopi 2007.
4. Dowd, Garin (2008) `Prolegomena to a Critique of Excavatory Reason: Reply to Matthew
Feldman', Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd'hui 20, pp. 375-388.
5. Dowd, Garin (2010) `Pedagogies of the Image Between Daney and Deleuze', New Review
of Film and Television Studies 8.1, pp. 41-56.
6. Dowd, Garin (2010a), `"Our day will come": Histoire de Marie et Julien in the light of Les
filles du feu', Australian Journal of French Studies XLVII. 2, pp. 171-183.
Evidence of quality
The evidence base for the claim to the quality of the underpinning research is twofold. First,
Dowd's work has been included in an array of high quality peer-reviewed journals and other
publications by university presses. Second, the critical reception of Dowd's research by (other)
principal scholars in his field(s). The links below to reviews or citations of Dowd's research offer
evidence that his work is regarded by established peers in the field(s) as being highly reputable.
Reviews and critical reception of research cited above
Dowd (2007) is cited in favourable terms several times in the eminent work of Jean-Jacques
Lecercle, Badiou and Deleuze Read Literature, Edinburgh University Press, 2010.
• The book is positively reviewed by Anthony Uhlmann in The Beckett Circle, Fall 2009: 32.2,
pp. 20-22: "[Dowd] offers perhaps the most in depth analysis to date of the ways in which
Beckett studies have attempted to come to terms with Beckett's relationship with
• It is also favourably received in a review article entitled `Une machine abstraite nommée
Beckett' by Katerina Kanelli, published in the online journal Acta fabula where the book is
said to offer « une lecture fine et sérieuse, largement argumentée, ayant le goût ludique de
la formule »: http://www.fabula.org/revue/document3795.php
• Positive reviews also appear in: the journal French Studies: A Quarterly Review 62.4,
October 2008, pp. 500-501, where David Addyman concludes that "all Dowd's readings of
the philosophical heritage against Beckett are superb":
• and in the journal The French Review 83.4 (Charles Stivale):
• His book Leos Carax (Dowd 2003) has been cited with approval by authors such as Alban
Pichon in Leos Carax: L'expérience du déjà-vu (Editions le bord de l'eau, 2009), Martine
Beugnet in The Cinema of Sensation (Edinburgh UP, 2007) and Angelo Restivo in a
chapter in Galt and Shoonover (eds) Global Art Cinema (Oxford UP, 2010).
• A review by Vanderschelden in the online peer-reviewed journal film-philosophy concludes
that: "The book is accessible, and contains material which can be used both in Critical
Theory courses in which film is increasingly used as text":
The edited volume Genre Matters (Dowd 2006) is favourably reviewed by Margaret A. Rose in
Modern Philology 107 (2010): "[T]he collection...deserves to be recommended for providing some
new and generally well-thought-out ideas on the subject and theory of genre as well as on the
relevance of the concept to contemporary media analysis, and an interesting...variety of examples
of literature, television, and film not always brought together in such discussions":
Dowd's work is named as being at the forefront of considerations of the work of Beckett in the light
of poststructuralist philosophy in this recent call for papers, where it is stated that "Eminent Beckett
Scholars like Ruby Cohn, Stanley Gontarski, Anthony Uhlmann, Garin Dowd and others have been
sensitive to what we can call a `philosophical turn' in the field known as Beckett Studies":
Details of the impact
Since 1998 Dowd has developed a distinctive body of research notable for its ability to reach
beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. The variety embodied in Dowd's scholarly interventions
has been mirrored in the breadth of settings and institutions (outside academia) where those works
have been re-voiced, adopted and adapted. The evidence base for this claim derives from the
number of responses to the research in popular publications such as magazines; in newspapers
and invitations to contribute to public presentations and publications outside academia; in online
media such as blogs and in programming notes for film screenings.
Considering the strand of his research that overlaps with visual cultures, Dowd's research has had
impact in the area of the visual arts (broadly understood) beyond HEIs. The path to this impact
derives from the basis of his reputation for innovation and research not confined to a strictly
demarcated discipline (Dowd 2003, 2006, and 2007). He has been invited to speak at events co-
hosted by Tate Modern (150 delegates), at The David Roberts Art Foundation, and to introduce
film screenings at the Different Directions Film Festival in Galway, Ireland. He was invited to write a
catalogue essay (published in English, Italian and Hungarian) for the artist selected to represent
Hungary at the 2005 Venice Biennale — Bálázs Kisciny — and has written a short text published in
Spanish on the work of his colleague Luciano Zubillaga (also submitting in this UOA).4 He has
contributed to the reception of the work of these artists and through his engagement with cultural
institutions and discourses concerning the visual and audio-visual arts beyond academia his work
has contributed to cultural enrichment.
The influence of his 2006 edited collection Genre Matters (Dowd 2006) is registered in curricula in
the census period and led to Dowd being invited to act in a consultancy capacity and subsequently
to perform the role of project partner on the successful AHRC-funded Genre Studies Network led
by the University of Birmingham (2012-13). The pathway to impact claimed here is that through the
underpinning research an impact was ultimately achieved in the shape of engagement with
individuals located outside academia. The audience for the sessions reached significantly beyond
the academic community to include delegates and participants for a variety of professional fields
including art, journalism, librarianship, film archiving and professional translation.
Dowd's research in the field of literary studies has achieved impact in similar ways to his work in
film and visual culture. The pathway to impact claimed in respect of his research in the field of
literature is that on the basis of the underpinning research conducted by Dowd on the work of
Beckett his work is now widely cited in undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. Thus his work
has led to the shaping and framing of debate within the field .as it is manifest in curricula. The
same underpinning research has led to a direct impact on a significant constituency outside
Dowd's research into the work of the renowned literary author Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) is
appreciated as having been of significant influence in establishing new links between the
philosophy of Gilles Deleuze and Beckett (Dowd 2007) and for consolidating the perception of the
viability of applications of so-called Theory (deriving from post-war European philosophy) to
literature in the wake of the so-called `empirical turn' which has been felt in general in the area of
Modernism Studies with which the work of Beckett now tends to be grouped (following distinct
models of classification in preceding decades). This influential work has translated into discernible
impacts. His work is frequently a primary resource in undergraduate and postgraduate (MA)
reading lists. His published methodological debate with Matthew Feldman (Dowd 2008) — widely
regarded as one of the most significant empirical scholars of Beckett — for example has been
extensively used in undergraduate and postgraduate courses exploring contending methodological
perspectives in the field. Dowd's standing in the sub-field of Deleuzian Beckett Studies was
acknowledged when he was invited to participate in the Inaugural Samuel Beckett Summer School
at Trinity College Dublin in July 2011. The first summer school was themed `Beckett and Deleuze'.
Dowd was responsible both for the week-long seminar core series on Beckett and Deleuze and for
a keynote lecture. Notably, there were 80 delegates with more than half of the participants coming
from outside the University sector.
During this period Dowd has published book reviews in the independent, collectively run journal
Radical Philosophy and film that has a significant number of non-academic subscribers and in the
trade magazines Film West (prior to the census period5) and Film Ireland.
Sources to corroborate the impact
Sample evidence of the inclusion of Dowd's work on syllabi and citations in undergraduate
and postgraduate writing:
Individuals who may be contacted to corroborate claims
- Professor at the University of Western Sydney;
- Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths College, University of
- Professor of Modern English, University of Sussex;
- Professor of Drama and Film at Trinity College Dublin;
- Lecturer in Film Studies, Monash University, Australia;
- Reader in Screen Media, Manchester Metropolitan University.
Dowd, Garin (2009) `Serge Daney'. In Film, Theory and Philosophy: Key Thinkers
, edited by Felicity Colman, London:
Acumen Press, pp. 122-133.
Dowd (2009) `Paris and its Doubles: Deleuze and Rivette', Deleuze Studies
3.2, pp. 185-206.
Dowd also contributed the Introduction and a chapter on Samuel Beckett on film to this collection.