Dr Kate Ince BA, MA, PhD

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Department of Modern Languages
Reader in French Film and Gender Studies

Contact details

Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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


BA, MA (Critical Theory), DPhil (French Studies)


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 Senior Lecturer in 2001, and Reader in French Film and Gender Studies in 2006.


Having organized the French cinema curriculum for the Department of French Studies for many years until 2011, I now teach modules called Behind the Camera: women’s cinema from the 1960s to the present and Artists’ Film and Video from the 1920s to the present, the latter also to students of art history. I also convene and teach on a first year Widening Horizons Module in European cinema, and teach on the MRes Sexuality and Gender Studies.

Postgraduate supervision

I currently lead-supervise a PhD student working on a comparison of 'Western' and Hong Kong feminist cinema (Yiran Ai), and co-supervise a PhD on cinematic representations of the French Occupation 1940-44.

I welcome enquiries from potential doctoral researchers on film and visual culture (especially French or by women) and on twentieth century French thought (existential phenomenology, poststructuralism, feminist thought).

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


Kate Ince - Research interests

My research has focused in recent years on the feminist philosophy of film, represented by the sole authored book The Body and the Screen: female subjectivities in contemporary women's cinema (Bloomsbury 2017), and on the study of women film directors, an area in which I am currently completing a monograph on the French director Mia Hansen-Love (The Cinema of Mia Hansen-Love: candour and vulnerability). I am Principal Investigator of the AHRC network 'Serge Daney and queer cinephilia' (July 2018-June 2020), working with Dr Marc Siegel (JGU, Mainz) as Co-Investigator and Dr Pierre Eugene (INHA, Paris) as third project team member. I am Treasurer of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, (BAFTSS) and sit on the BAFTSS Executive Committee, on the Editorial Board of Studies in French Cinema, and on the Advisory Board of Edinburgh University Press's 'Visionaries' book series on women film-makers. I regularly attend the Film-Philosophy, BAFTSS and NECS annual conferences. 

Other activities

I am on the Editorial Board of Studies in French Cinema, 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 annual conferences of these associations and of Film-Philosophy. I do public engagement talks for organisations such as Birmingham’s IKON gallery, the 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, Bloomsbury.

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 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 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, 'Bringing Bodies Back In: For a Phenomenological and Psychoanalytic Film Criticism of Embodied Cultural Identity', Film-Philosophy, vol. 15, no. 1, pp. 1-12.

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.

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.

Ince, K, Smith, S & Deazley, R 2009, Introduction to Part III ‘Transforming the Body'. in The Legal, Medical and Cultural Regulation of the Body: Transformation and Transgression, Stephen W. Smith and Ronan Deazley (Editors).

Book/Film/Article review

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, '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...François Ozon, by Thibaut Schilt', Modern and Contemporary France, vol. 19, no. 3.

Ince, K 2009, 'Review of...Review of....The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love, by Sophie Mayer', Chroma, no. 24.

Ince, K 2009, 'Francois Ozon', French Studies, vol. 63, no. 3, pp. 366-367. https://doi.org/10.1093/fs/knp072

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