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Durham University


Transnational Cinema

The Transnational Cinema research group (formerly World Cinema and Cosmopolitics) brings together MLAC researchers and students interested in cinematic representation and peripherality, film theory and criticism, and the politics and ethics of cinema beyond and across national boundaries and international circuits.

Attentive to film-historical and cultural analysis approaches to national, minority and diasporic cinemas, this research group addresses regional, postcolonial, diasporic, transnational and global cinematic productions as well as discipline- and archive-bound critical practices. Research group members have led the organization of several local and international events, including film programmes, talks and discussions, and film festival programming.

Our intellectual commitments dialogue at the intersection of the new cinemas of Latin American and the Caribbean; the Middle East and the Arab world; post-Soviet and Central Asian film; and other ‘third’, ‘accented’ and peripheral cinemas. Our group builds on its members’ diverse fields of expertise in critical theory and cultural analysis, literary criticism and history, and visual culture. We share a strong determination to establish transnational film studies at Durham and regionally at a time when the related fields of world and transnational cinema studies are consolidated nationally and expanding in exciting new directions.

Film studies have figured prominently in MLAC’s curriculum since the early 2000s, thanks to the research and impact activities of colleagues working on French, German, Italian, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Russian, and Spanish national cinemas. Our teaching, research, and professional involvement in transnational, non-European, diasporic and ‘accented’ cinemas have added new and different emphases on film theory and criticism to MLAC’s intellectual environment. Consequently, the Transnational Cinema research group initiative represents a dynamic new development in MLAC’s long-standing profile in film studies.

A key aspect of the research group’s plan for the immediate future is a more active focus on student participation and training; exploring postgraduate funding opportunities related to the group’s interests and expertise; and working on new grant proposals. This research group is linked with ‘Transnational Cinema’, a new module in the MA in Visual Culture and the MA in Languages, Literatures and Culture.

Francisco-J. Hernández Adrián, Dusan Radunovic, Abir Hamdar 

Group activities

February 2019

Lisa Blackmore

Lecturer in Art History and Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Essex

Seminar: ‘Sand Clock, Mud Time. Geostories on a De-industrialising River'

Alejandro Jaime

Artist and Lecturer in Painting, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Seminar: ‘Extractive Landscapes. From Peru to Essex'

8 February 2019

November 2018

Three-day international network event, St Chad’s College Seminars, workshops, and work-in-progress screenings

María Fernanda Arias

Universidad de Antioquia, Medellín

Oscar Campo

Documentary filmmaker, Universidad del Valle, Cali

Laura Huetas

Filmmaker, Paris

Juan Soto

Filmmake and film editor, London

Juana Suárez

NYU Tisch School of the Arts

Pedro Adrián Zuluaga

Film critic and programmer, Bogotá

Latin American cinema and environmental politics: Colombia and Cuba'

15-17 November 2018

March 2018

Juana Suárez

New York University Tisch School of the Arts

Seminar: ‘Against the National Project: Memory and Mobility in Contemporary Colombian Cinema'

Q & A with filmmaker Juan Soto

9 March 2018

June 2017

Shohini Chaudhuri

University of Essex

Talk: ‘The Alterity of the Image: The Distant Spectator and Films about the Syrian Revolution and War'

8 June 2017

November 2016

Paul Cooke

University of Leeds

Talk: ‘Soft Power, Film and the BRICS: The Case of South Africa'

Stephanie Dennison

University of Leeds

Talk: ‘Remapping World Cinemas: Brazilian cinema and the Global screen'

9-10 November 2016

June 2016

Deborah Shaw

University of Portsmouth, founding co-editor of the journal Transnational Cinemas:

Talk: ‘Transnational Cinema: Mapping a Field of Study'

Workshop: ‘Deconstructing and Reconstructing Transnational Cinema'

1-2 June 2016