Professor Kate Ince BA, MA, PhD, FHEA

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Department of Modern Languages
Professor of French and Visual Studies

Contact details

Address
Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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

Qualifications

  • BA
  • MA (Critical Theory)
  • DPhil (French Studies)
  • FHEA, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Biography

My BA was in Modern Languages (French and German) at St John's College, Oxford, which I followed with an MA in Critical Theory and DPhil in French Studies at the University of Sussex. I then worked as a lectrice (colloquial assistant of English) for two years in France (Dijon and Paris) before being appointed to a lecturership in French at Birmingham, in 1990. I was made Reader in French Film and Gender Studies in 2006, and Professor of French and Visual Studies in 2020.

Teaching

Having organized the French cinema curriculum for Birmingham’s Department of French Studies for many years until 2011, I now (in the Department of Modern Languages) convene and teach (on) modules called Behind the Camera: women’s cinema from the 1960s to the present; Introduction to European Film, Cross-Cultural Cinema: Migration and Displacement, and Ethics, Politics, Race and Sexuality in Contemporary French and Francophone Cinema. I also teach on the core modules of the DoML’s new MA in Global Comparative Literatures and Critical Theories, on the Sexuality, Gender and Representation module of the MRes Sexuality and Gender Studies, and on Core modules I, II and V of the BA Modern Languages (French).

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised or co-supervised 8 PhDs and numerous Masters theses to completion, and currently lead supervise one PhD on French film and co-supervise two PhDs, one on motherhood in contemporary horror cinema and one on French cinematic memories of the années noires. Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing research on particular approaches to art and film (especially feminist approaches), or French cinema and visual art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


Find out more - our PhD French Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

Kate Ince - Research interests

My latest book The Cinema of Mia Hansen-Løve: candour and vulnerability was published in Edinburgh University Press’s ‘Visionaries’ series on women film-makers in February 2021. This followed The Body and the Screen, on female subjectivities in the films of French and British women directors, which appeared in Bloomsbury’s ‘Thinking Cinema’ series in January 2017 and won BAFTSS Best Monograph award for that year. I was PI of the AHRC network ‘Serge Daney and queer cinephilia’ from July 2018 to June 2021, with Professor Marc Siegel of the University of Mainz, Germany as Co-Investigator, and Dr Pierre Eugene of the Université d’Amiens as third project team member; a collection of essays arising from this network project will be published by Meson Press in 2022.

Other activities

I am a General Editor of French Screen Studies (formerly Studies in French Cinema), and a member of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), the European Network for Cinema Studies (NECS) and the Women’s Film and Television History Network (WFTHN). I regularly attend the conferences of these associations and of Film-Philosophy, and sometimes do public engagement talks for organisations such as Birmingham’s IKON gallery, the Electric cinema, and the Mockingbird cinema at Birmingham’s Custard Factory.

Publications

Highlight publications

Ince, K 2021, The Cinema of Mia Hansen-Love: candour and vulnerability. Visionaries: Thinking Through Female Filmmakers, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. <https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-the-cinema-of-mia-hansen-love.html>

Ince, K 2019, Whose Identification? A Brief Meditation on the Relevance of Jean-PIerre Meunier's The Structures of the Film Experience to Contemporary Feminist Film Phenomenology. in J Hanich & D Fairfax (eds), The Structures of the Film Experience: Historical Assessments and Phenomenological Expansions. Film Theory in Media History, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 259-271.

Ince, K 2017, The Body and the Screen: female subjectivities in contemporary women's cinema. Thinking Cinema, 1st edn, Bloomsbury. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781501396519

Recent publications

Article

Ince, K 2020, 'Ethics, gender and vulnerability in the films of Mia Hansen-Løve', Film-Philosophy, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 104-121. https://doi.org/10.3366/film.2020.0134

Ince, K 2018, 'Ethics, universality and vulnerability in Abderrahmane Sissako's Bamako (2006) and Timbuktu (2014)', Paragraph , vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 167-183. https://doi.org/10.3366/para.2018.0261

Ince, K 2013, 'Feminist phenomenology and the film-world of Agnès Varda', Hypatia A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 602-617. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1527-2001.2012.01303.x

Ince, K 2013, 'Women’s Filmmaking in France 2000-2010', Studies in European Cinema, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 3-10. https://doi.org/10.1386/seci.10.1.3_2

Ince, K 2011, 'Altérité, violence et (dés)humanisation dans les films de Georges Franju, in Le Mystere Franju, Frank Lafond (Editor), Coll. CinémAction no.141, Editions Charles Corlet, Conde-sur-Noireau, 4eme trimestre 2011, 44-49. ISBN 978-2-847064-14-8', CinémAction (special issue), no. 141, pp. 44-49.

Ince, K 2011, 'Bringing Bodies Back In: For a Phenomenological and Psychoanalytic Film Criticism of Embodied Cultural Identity', Film-Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 1-12. <http://www.film-philosophy.com.>

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Ince, K 2021, Agnes Varda's Sans toit ni loi/Vagabond as the centre of my feminist film teaching 1998-2021. in C Kennedy-Karpat & F Cicekoglu (eds), The Sustainable Legacy of Agnès Varda: Feminist Practice and Pedagogy. 1st edn, Bloomsbury, London & New York. <https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/sustainable-legacy-of-agn%C3%A8s-varda-9781350240902/>

Ince, K 2018, Feminist phenomenology and Jean-Pierre Meunier's 'The Structures of the Film Experience'. in J Hanich & D Fairfax (eds), The Structures of the Film Experience. Film Theory in Media History, Amsterdam University Press, The Structures of the Film Experience International Symposium , Frankfurt , Germany, 23/11/17.

Chapter

Ince, K 2017, Global Women's Cinema. in RS, C Paul, S Dennison & A Marlow-Mann (eds), The Routledge Companion to World Cinema. Routledge.

Ince, K, Boulé, JP & Tidd, U 2012, Feminist Phenomenology and the Films of Sally Potter. in Existentialism and Contemporary Cinema: A Beauvoirian Perspective. Berghahn Books.

Ince, K 2011, Glocal Gloom: Existential Space in the Cinema of Michael Haneke. in The Cinema of Michael Haneke: Europe Utopia.

Book/Film/Article review

Ince, K 2011, 'Francois Ozon', Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 529-529. https://doi.org/10.1080/09639489.2011.622541

Ince, K 2011, 'Review of...Framing the Nation: Documentary Film in Interwar France, by Alison J. Murray Levine', H-France Review, vol. 11, no. 170, pp. 4pp.

Ince, K 2011, 'Review of...François Ozon, by Thibaut Schilt', Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 19, no. 3. <http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10/1080/09639489.2011.622541>

Other contribution

Ince, K 2015, Fantasy, Fairy Tale, and Feminism? Eyes without a Face. British Film Institute, London.

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Expertise

French cinema; French 20th century thought; feminist history and theory