Rania Kosmidou

Eleftheria Rania Kosmidou

Lecturer in Film Studies

Biography

My research is on European cinema (centred on British, Greek, Spanish, and Irish cinemas) and film theory, genre and gender, memory and identity construction, and ideology bridging the gap between film studies-based disciplines, gender studies, and audience engagement. Further research interests include the horror film, the Greek new wave and the Greek weird cinema.

In my Ph.D. I looked at representations of genre (romance, the musical and melodrama) and gender (the gaze and representations of women), as well as devices such as allegory and the Bakhtinian carnivalesque through a series of analyses of European films about the Spanish, Irish, and Greek Civil Wars. My detailed textual analysis and comparison of films made by the above filmmakers was informed by different critical approaches, and broke new ground by deconstructing and critically reanimating civil war cinema. I was able to demonstrate what kind of gender identities these films (an important aspect of popular culture) promote, what their relationship to their social and political contexts of production is, how they make use of romance, melodrama, tragedy and the carnivalesque, as well as what kind of cultural memories they create. This research was funded by IRCHSS and The Humanities Institute of Ireland, and it was published by Routledge in 2013 and re-printed in 2016: European Civil War Films: Memory, Conflict and Nostalgia. This monograph is also being translated into Greek (for 2016).

A series of articles from my work on European cinema emerged in journals and edited collections. I was invited to contribute in an edited collection on Greek cinema, and I have published on animated film as well as on the cinema of Theo Angelopoulos and Brecht.
I have been invited to deliver seminars at the University of London, Leeds Metropolitan University, Panteion University of Athens (Greece), University of Central Greece, the University of Salford, University College Dublin, and the University of Zaragoza (Spain). And I have presented my research at numerous national and international conferences.
Consultancy Work (Public Education Sector).

I am involved in the project ‘Public Awareness on the Subject of Social Inclusion and Bullying’, funded by the 2nd Prefecture, County Fthiotida (Greece) as a consultant. My consultancy work involves the evaluation of the use of British social realist films in teaching in public schools in Greece, and the production of teaching strategies and materials. I was invited to deliver a seminar and two workshops on this project at the University of Central Greece on 16 June 2015.

Journal Editorship

I co-edited the Special Issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Media and Cultural Politics (Intellect) themed 'Studies in Cultural Memory', that was published in June 2016. I serve as a reviewer for the Journal of Modern Greek Studies (John Hopkins University Press), and for the Journal of Media Practice.

Teaching

Currently I teach Film History and Film Movements, Classical Hollywood Cinema, British TV Drama, and Genre and Beyond. In the past, I taught modules on film theory and critical approaches to film, the city in film, interpreting TV, popular European cinema, and culture and society.

Research Interests

  • Film theory and film history
  • European film
  • Critical theory (with emphasis on popular culture)
  • Critical approaches to film and television
  • European civil war film (form and style, gender and genre)
  • Film and history
  • Cultural memory

Other research interests include Greek New Wave and Greek Weird Cinema, European popular cinema (comedy, the western, the horror film), and Nordic noir.

I would be happy to supervise PhD students in the following areas: European cinema, film and history, civil war film, popular European cinema, Greek New Wave and Greek new weird, Nordic noir, the horror film and horror television.
 

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Salford (2013).
  • Ph.D. in Film Studies, University College Dublin (2010): Conflict, Remembering and Forgetting: Civil Wars and Memories in Late Twentieth-Century European Cinema’. Published in 2013, Re-printed in 2016.
  • M.A. in European Studies, University College Dublin (2004). Dissertation: ‘Watching Lola Rentt and Le Fabuleaux Destin d’Amélie Poulain: A Prologue to ‘Europeaness’?’
  • BA in English Literature and Civilisation, Université du Maine, France (2002).

Other education

Camera and Lighting Course, Filmbase, Dublin (2006).

Memberships:

  • Member of Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA).
  • Member of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS).
  • Member of ECREA.
     

Publications

European Cinema (Greek, Spanish, Irish, Eastern European), European Civil War Films, Theo Angelopoulos, Cultural Memory, Animated Film, Greek Cinema.