Professor Kate Ince BA, MA, PhD, FHEA

Photograph of Dr Kate Ince

Department of Modern Languages
Professor of French and Visual Studies

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


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


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.


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, and Cross-Cultural Cinema: Migration and Displacement. 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 7 PhDs and numerous Masters theses to completion, and currently supervise a PhD entitled Gender Perspectives of Directors of Feminist Films between Western countries and Hong Kong between 1990 and 2000 (Yiran Ai) and co-supervise Concrétisations cinématographiques de l’identité française (Diane Michael). Matthew Bruce attained his MA by Research on François Truffaut and silent cinema under my supervision in 2019-20, and Melina Delmas her PhD on retranslations of women’s writing between French and English (lead supervised by Gaby Saldanha and co-supervised by Emma Wagstaff and me) at a Skype viva early in COVID-19 lockdown! Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing research on particular approaches to art and film, 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.


Kate Ince - Research interests

My latest book The Body and the Screen, on female subjectivities in the films of French and British women directors, appeared in Bloomsbury’s ‘Thinking Cinema’ series in January 2017 and won BAFTSS Best Monograph of 2017 award. An essay titled Global Women’s Cinema appeared in the Routledge Companion to World Cinema later that year. I am PI of the AHRC network ‘Serge Daney and queer cinephilia’ (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. My book on French director Mia Hansen-Løve will be published in Edinburgh University Press’s ‘Visionaries’ series on women film-makers in March 2021.

Other activities

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


Highlight publications

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

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

Recent publications


Ince, K 2020, 'Ethics, gender and vulnerability in the films of Mia Hansen-Løve', Film-Philosophy, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 104-121.

Ince, K 2018, 'Ethics, universality and vulnerability in Abderrahmane Sissako's Bamako (2006) and Timbuktu (2014)', Paragraph , vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 167-183.

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.

Ince, K 2013, 'Women’s Filmmaking in France 2000-2010', Studies in European Cinema, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 3-10.

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. <>

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.


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.

Ince, K, Higbee, W & Leahy, S 2010, Cinema, the Second Sex and Studies of French Women’s Cinema in the 2000s. in Studies in French Cinema: UK Perspectives 1985-2010.

Book/Film/Article review

Ince, K 2011, 'Francois Ozon', Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 529-529.

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. <>

Ince, K 2009, 'Francois Ozon', French Studies, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 366-367.

Other contribution

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

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