It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Robert
Furze (1971-2013), who passed away on March 29th at the age of
41. Robert was a member of the Faculty
of Humanities at Dublin City University (DCU), where his research was supported
by a two-year Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences
(IRCHSS) scholarship. Robert had been a
member of SCMS from 2011 to the present.
Robert was awarded first class honours for his B.A. degree
in Histories of Modern Art, Architecture and Film at Sheffield Hallam
University in 2004, and for his M.A. in Film and Television at DCU. He completed his Ph.D. thesis, entitled "The
Visceral Screen: Between the Cinemas of John Cassavetes and David Cronenberg, a
Barthesian Perspective,” at DCU in 2011 under the supervision of Dr. Pat
Brereton. Robert lectured undergraduate
and postgraduate students at DCU in courses on Analyzing the Media, The Social
Applications of Film, and Science Fiction Cinema, while supervising M.A.
students working on film and multimedia theses.
He also taught courses and led workshops at Filmbase, Dublin’s
non-profit resource center for aspiring filmmakers.
Robert presented his work at a number of international
conferences, including a symposium on "The Writer on Film" at The
University of York in 2010 and at "Media in Transition 7" at MIT in
2011. He published essays and reviews in various journals, including Convergence and Estudios Irlandeses; his co-authored articles on Avatar and The Tree of Life are forthcoming.
He was completing a contracted book based upon his dissertation at the
time of his death, and planning collaborative research on the aesthetic
connections between video games and cinema.
He was passionately dedicated to his chosen field. We hope that his work
will serve as a partial tribute to a career that ended too soon.