Photo of the Week: Dramaturgical study of ‘Game of Thrones’

Dramaturgical study of 'Game of Thrones'

Dramaturgical study of ‘Game of Thrones’

Our next instalment of the ‘Photo of the Week’ series features Professor Kerstin Stutterheim‘s research which is a dramaturgical study of popular HBO series Game of Thrones.  Photo of the Week is a weekly instalment, which features an image taken by our fantastic BU staff and students. The photos give a glimpse into some of the fascinating work our researchers have been doing across BU and the wider community.

My current research project is an analysis of the dramaturgy and aesthetics used to make Game of Thrones a success. This will understand the emotions and the attractiveness of this successful production. My research in the field of film dramaturgy can open the door to an understanding of the power and the techniques of audio-visual narration in performance works. Film dramaturgy can not only support our film and TV students to learn their skills but also enable people to understand film and media productions as work reflecting reality. Although ‘Game of Thrones’ is a fantasy-series, it reflects Zeitgeist- the situation we are currently living in. My research will look at how this series is representing concepts of the world we live in or our fears about it.

If you’d like find out more about the research or the photo itself then please contact Professor Stutterheim.

This photo was originally an entry to the 2017 Research Photography Competition. If you have any other questions about the Photo of the Week series or the competition please email