Global Cinema

Global Cinema

Global Cinema is concerned with the way cinema operates as a global medium, and with the patterns of development and interaction of cinematic culture around the world. In an era of globalization, such a perspective is fundamental to understanding one of the most enduringly influential art forms.

The Global Cinema and Culture degree programme offers a series of modules on cinema and visual culture: Global Cinema (EUCU9AA), Post-war European Cinema (EUCU9BB), and Classic European Cinema (EUCU9CC); the film-based Honours bridging module Transnational Identities (EUCU9DD); Global Cinema and Culture Theory I and II (EUCU9C5 and EUCU9C6); and a number of options from which students may choose. Students also have the opportunity to study for a Combined Degree in European Film and Media, taught jointly by the Division and by Communications, Media and Culture.

Members of the Division have published widely on topics in European cinema (including French cinema and Spanish cinema), Latin American cinema, African cinema, early cinema, and transnational cinema.

Current Students

Information for Current Students 

Undergraduate Advising

Modules

Autumn

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
EUCU9AA EUCU9CC EUCU9C5 EUCU9C7

Spring

1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
EUCU9BB EUCU9DD EUCU9C6 EUCU9D8

Choosing Modules

You should check the University Calendar for details of how your degree is structured and the choices you can make within that structure; follow the links on this page to find more information about all the Global Cinema modules available. The University will provide you with a list of compulsory modules for your programme; you choose your modules through the on-line registration system on the Portal.

If you have any further questions about module choices, then these can be raised with the adviser of studies Professor Elizabeth Ezra.

Learning Support

Student Learning Services provides helpful advice about how to develop your study skills and improve your academic performance: workshops are advertised through Succeed.

Other Guidance

The University has many specialist support services on many different issues from counselling to financial guidance. Your first port of call for these issues is likely to be Student Support Services, or one of the Advisers above, who will be able to liaise with other University departments on your behalf in case of illness or personal difficulty.

Remember that you can also access Student Support Services direct if you need help or advice on any of the following matters:

For help with Study Skills, contact Student Learning Services (SLS) who run online workshops via your WebCT. They also run workshops and seminars throughout the year so keep an eye on noticeboards and the portal for details of those

Research

Research conducted by members of the Global Cinema grouping in the Division of Literature and Languages is concerned with the way cinema operates as a global medium, and with the patterns of development and interaction of cinematic culture around the globe. In an era of globalization, such a perspective is fundamental to understanding one of the most enduringly influential art forms.

We published widely on topics in European cinema (including French cinema and Spanish cinema), Latin American cinema, African cinema, early cinema, and transnational cinema, as well as on film festivals and Star Studies. 

Elizabeth Ezra's work spans the history of cinema from film pioneers Georges Méliès and Louis Feuillade to the French New Wave and contemporary cinema. In addition to single-authored books on Méliès, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, and French colonial cinema and popular culture, she has edited books on European cinema and transnational cinema, which are used widely in film studies courses. She is currently writing a book (with Terry Rowden) on posthuman cinema and globalisation.

David Murphy is a leading voice in the analysis of Francophone African cinema, and Senegalese film in particular, with publications on ‘Lost African classics’, Ousmane Sembène and postcolonial African cinema.

Bill Marshall's 2001 Quebec National Cinema was the first comprehensive examination in English of the cinema of Quebec and more recent works have focused on the French director André Téchiné and leading French actress Catherine Deneuve. The questions posed by these works – relating to the status of transnational cinema, to representations of gender and sexuality onscreen, to the relationship between film and national identity and to the dialogue between postcolonial identities and cinematic practice – are taken up by other members of the Global Cinema grouping.

Cristina Johnston's work focuses primarily on French cinema, whether within the métropole or in its ‘transatlantic’ relationships, with a particular interest in the depiction of minority identities onscreen and in transatlantic stardom.

Guillermo Olivera analyses the politics of visibility in post-1960 Argentine cinema with a specific focus on the representation of non-heteronormative sexualities. 

María Soledad Montañez’s research centres on Gender studies and Latin American cinema and, in particular, the status of ‘small cinemas’ through the example of film-making in Uruguay. She is currently working in a comparative and cross-cultural project which focuses on contemporary Latin American women filmmakers.

The focus of Ann Davies's work falls on peninsular Spanish cinema encompassing onscreen masculinities, the star persona of Penélope Cruz, Basque film-making and film noir, while Antonio Sánchez is interested in the concept of space in contemporary Spanish culture, particularly on the diverse cinematographic representations of the city and the countryside, as well as on the representation of Spain in Visual Culture.

We are also proud to work in partnership with the hugely successful Africa in Motion film festival, founded by a former Stirling PhD student. This collaboration regularly allows us to organise masterclasses by leading African film-makers and screenings of contemporary African films in the MacRobert cinema on campus. Our students have also been able to benefit from opportunities to undertake internships and placements with the festival.

Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Opportunities

The Division is involved with numerous research projects concerning world cinema, including Africa in Motion, the UK’s leading African Film Festival, which was founded by our former PhD student, Dr Lizelle Bisschoff in 2006.

There is the opportunity to undertake postgraduate research in topics related to Global Cinema through our MPhil in the Humanities as well as via doctoral study and we welcome enquiries from interested students.

Research by recent and current postgraduates across these programmes has included studies of North African women's film-making, Moroccan urban cinema, French horror films, and Chinese cinema.

Postgraduate supervision is also offered on film topics by

Professor Elizabeth Ezra French and Transnational Cinema, including early cinema, exoticism, gothic, and posthuman cinema.
Professor Bill Marshall French cinema, Quebecois cinema, film theory
Professor David Murphy African cinema
Dr Cristina Johnston French cinéma de banlieue and gay cinema, representations of the city onscreen
Dr Antonio Sánchez Spanish and Latin American cinemas
Dr Guillermo Olivera Latin American cinema; queer studies
Professor Ann Davies Spanish and Basque cinemas, The gothic

For More Information please visit the Literature and Languages Divisional Page 

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