Members

Co-Directors

Professor Rob Stone

Professor Rob Stone

Professor of Film Studies
Chair of European Film
Co-director of B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies

College of Arts and Law

My research and publications focus on World Cinema with particular emphasis on European and American Independent Cinema. I have also published extensively on Spanish, Basque and Cuban cinema. My interests are in the overlap of philosophy, politics and aesthetics in many areas of World Cinema. Having recently co-edited The Routledge Companion to World Cinemaand written the second edition of my ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 48597
Email
r.stone@bham.ac.uk

Dr Andrew Watts

Dr Andrew Watts

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Department of Modern Languages

I was appointed to the University of Birmingham in 2007, having previously taught at the universities of Bristol and Newcastle. I am a specialist in nineteenth-century French prose fiction, especially the work of Honoré de Balzac. My current research focuses on adaptations of classic novels from this period in a variety of different media including silent film, graphic novels, and stage ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5984
Email
a.j.watts.2@bham.ac.uk

Key people

Members

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality

Department of Modern Languages

I am Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality. My work is located at the intersection of sexuality and gender studies, cultural studies, and critical theory. My research has a European, especially French, bent and also focuses on comparative European and North American contexts. My most recent publications have been on the gendering, sexualization, and othering of the figure of the murderer, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5981
Email
l.m.downing@bham.ac.uk

Dr Stephen Forcer

Dr Stephen Forcer

Professor of French Studies
Head of the Department of Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

I completed my first degree and MA at the University of Warwick (1994-1999) before moving to Wadham College, Oxford to write my doctoral thesis (1999-2002) under the supervision of Professor Malcolm Bowie. I joined the University of Birmingham in September 2005, having previously held temporary posts at Keble College, Oxford and the Universities of Leeds and Exeter.

I am currently Head of the Dep ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5985
Email
s.m.forcer@bham.ac.uk

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in German

Department of Modern Languages

I teach widely across the curriculum in German Studies, including  language, literature and cinema. My research interests include social and political writing of the 18th and 19th centuries, women’s writing and the pastoral.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6178
Email
e.griffiths@bham.ac.uk

Dr Louise Hardwick

Dr Louise Hardwick

Professor in Francophone Postcolonial Studies
AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow
Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Department of Modern Languages

I am a specialist of Francophone Postcolonial Cultures. The majority of my research focuses on the literature, film and visual art of the Francophone Caribbean, and interrogates the international legacies of slavery, colonialism and postcolonialism, working at the intersection of culture, history and politics. I have also undertaken comparative work on African, Canadian and Indian contexts. My ...

Dr Kate Ince

Dr Kate Ince

Reader in French Film and Gender Studies

Department of Modern Languages

My work is on French cinema and women’s cinema, on film theory and philosophy, and on French and feminist visual art and thought.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5972
Email
k.l.ince@bham.ac.uk

Professor Russell Jackson

Professor Russell Jackson

Emeritus Professor of Drama

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

My work focuses on the relationships between text and performance - particularly but not exclusively of Shakespeare’s plays - in their social and intellectual context and in a wide range of media. I am currently engaged in studies of the representation of the theatre in the other arts.

My research is informed by (and informs) my work in professional theatre and film.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5790
Email
r.b.jackson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Richard Langley

Dr Richard Langley

Teaching Fellow in Film

With an academic grounding in American and Canadian Studies, and professional experience of television and film production, I am interested in multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research. In particular, I am keen to develop a fusion of theory and practise by way of a multifaceted audio-visual academia that can function as a versatile teaching tool, and as a mode of publication and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45745
Email
r.m.langley@bham.ac.uk

Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Dr Natalia (Natasha) Rulyova

Lecturer in Russian

Department of Modern Languages

Dr Natasha Rulyova has research interests in three areas: post-Soviet Russian media including new media, translation studies with the focus on self-translation, and genre studies.

Her work on post-Soviet media resulted in the following main publications: monograph (with Stephen Hutchings) of Television and Culture in Putin's Russia: Remote Control (London: Routledge, ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6357
Email
n.e.rulyova@bham.ac.uk

Professor Diana Spencer

Professor Diana Spencer

Professor of Classics
Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences (2014-2018; 2019-)

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

I am primarily interested in what we think Romans thought about themselves (as reflected in texts), how they conceptualized themselves as a people, and responded to (and were shaped by) the world they lived in.

I enjoy investigating how identity and cultural politics are manifest through narratives emphasising space, territory, cultivation of place, and ethos. I research authors and texts ...

Telephone
+ 44 (0)121 41 47967
Email
d.j.spencer@bham.ac.uk

Dr James Walters

Dr James Walters

Reader in Film and Television Studies
Head of Department of Film and Creative Writing

Department of Film and Creative Writing

I research and teach film and television aesthetics. My work involves close reading and, particularly, I am interested in the relationship between this critical practice and questions of value and achievement.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8333
Email
j.r.walters@bham.ac.uk

Postgraduate researchers

B-Film offers a dynamic research environment for postgraduates, with many opportunities to benefit from the college-wide research expertise of academics and to participate in the research events that B-Film holds on campus and throughout the city of Birmingham in such venues as The Electric Cinema, the Midlands Arts Centre and the Mockingbird Theatre. Research students on the MA by research, PhD or Audio-Visual PhD are automatically members of B-Film and encouraged and enabled to run events such as workshops and screenings related to their own research.

David Powell

David Powell

Doctoral researcher

Thesis title: Dark heritage and the earthy unearthly:  Characterising folk horror in British cinema and television
Supervisor: Dr James Walters
PhD Film Studies