Members

Co-Directors

Professor Rob Stone

Professor Rob Stone

Professor of Film Studies
Chair of European Film, Co-Head of Department of Film and Creative Writing
Co-director of B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies

Department of Film and Creative Writing

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
Head of Education, LCAHM

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 and a specialist in interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, critical theory, and the history of diagnostic and cultural concepts. My enduring research interest is in questions of exceptionality, difficulty, and (ab)normality as they are represented and understood in cultural, medical, and political fields. My most recent work has been on ...

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

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in German

Department of Modern Languages

My research interests focus on the relationship between social and political inequalities and German culture in the period between 1750 and 1850. I have a particular interest in outsider figures, and above all the work of J.M.R. Lenz and Heinrich von Kleist. I have recently published a monograph on German-language pastoral writing, and am currently working on projects on the ...

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

Dr Louise Hardwick

Dr Louise Hardwick

Professor of Francophone Studies and World Literature
AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow
Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Department of Modern Languages

I am a specialist of Francophone Studies and World Literature, with a particular interest in the global reception, adaptation circulation and translation of Francophone literature. A published translator, with a growing body of work in Translation Studies, I am fluent in French and German, and am currently learning Spanish.

The majority of my research focuses on the postcolonial literature, film ...

Professor Kate Ince

Professor Kate Ince

Professor of French and Visual Studies

Department of Modern Languages

My work is on French cinema and women’s cinema, film and feminist theory and philosophy, and film and the visual arts, sexuality and gender.

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

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.

B-Film has a vibrant postgraduate community, carrying out research in a broad range of areas. Profiles of some of our current doctoral researchers and details of their research are listed below:

David Evans-Powell

David Evans-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

Jennifer Steil

Jennifer Steil

Doctoral researcher

PhD titleErebo: A narrative and critical exploration of representations of a queer underground in South America as a revolutionary space, a postcolonial space, and a gendered space
Supervisor: Dr Dan Vyleta

PhD Creative Writing