AHRC Project: French Cinema in Britain since 1930

 
PhD Studentship
 

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship in connection with an
AHRC-funded research project led by Dr. Lucy Mazdon. The post is for a fixed
period of 3 years starting in October 2006.

 
The Project
This project will examine perceptions and articulations of French cinema
within British culture from 1930 to the present. In a market dominated by
Hollywood, French films are consistently the most widely distributed
non-English language work. However French cinema appears to undergo a
transformation as it reaches Britain, becoming something quite different to
that experienced by audiences at home. This project will analyse how and why
this process of transformation takes place and to what extent it curtails
French cinemaıs plural identities via study of the distribution, exhibition,
promotion and reception of French cinema in Britain

The PhD project (supervised by Mazdon) will explore the promotion,
distribution and reception of French cinema in Britain since 1980, a key
moment in this history as the then Socialist administration in France
vociferously advocated a popular and exportable national cinema. As such it
will provide detailed analysis of a central period in Franco-British
cinematic exchange.

 

The projectıs other envisaged activities and outputs include:

 
* A co-authored volume written by Mazdon and a Research Assistant
provisionally entitled French Cinema in Britain 1930 to 1980. This book will
provide a broad overview of key debates and developments in the
distribution, promotion and exhibition of French cinema in Britain and will
include specific case studies) as wells a comprehensive account of policies,
strategies and statistics.
* A symposium which will explore a key moment in constructions and
understandings of French cinema both at home and in Britain, the emergence
of the New Wave in the late 1950s.
* A conference which will move beyond the specific focus of the project to a
wider discussion of Anglo-French cinematic relations from 1930 to the
present. 
* An exhibition which will complement the conference and which will be
devoted to posters and other promotional material linked to the
distribution/promotion of French film in Britain.
* An edited collection (co-edited by Mazdon and a Research Assistant) based
upon conference proceedings and commissioned work. It will include essays on
Franco-British cinematic traffic as well as broader questions of
Anglo-French cinematic relations.
 

 

 

 

 

The person specification:

 

You will have a good first degree and a postgraduate qualification (or be in
the process of completing a postgraduate qualification) in a Humanities
subject area. Ideally you will have engaged with the medium of film. You
will possess basic IT skills. You will either have, or must acquire, a broad
knowledge of French and British culture, specifically cinematic culture,
since 1980. You will also require native or near-native ability in written
and spoken English and French.

 

You must have a keen interest in academic study. You must have the ability
to work independently and to manage your time effectively. You should have
good interpersonal skills. You must also be willing to undertake some
research trips to London and Paris (funded by the project).

 
Film Studies at Southampton
Film Studies has been taught at Southampton for more than twenty years. It
is a small but vibrant academic community, which aims to be one of the
leading Film Studies groupings in Europe, for research, teaching and
outreach. Film Studies was until recently in interdisciplinary venture run
by the then departments of English and Modern Languages. In the last
Research Assessment Exercise in 2001 Film staff were submitted with their
parent disciplines and contributed to a rating of 5* (Modern Languages) and
5 (English). Due to a University restructuring, Film Studies is now an
independent entity in the School of Humanities but retains strong teaching
and research links with other disciplines within the School. Film Studies
has an innovative, student centred approach to education, offering degree
combinations of Film with English, History, History of Art and Design,
Philosophy, and Modern Languages and form 2006, a single honours degree in
Film Studies. Its MA in Film Studies is one of the most successfully
recruiting postgraduate programmes in the School and it has recently begun a
second MA programme in Film and Cultural Management. Current and recently
completed PhDs include work on topics such as Universalıs Sherlock Holmes
series in the 1940s, stars in East German cinema, James Bond and British
film culture in the 1960s, the films of David Lynch, the representation of
the Holocaust on British television, the 1950s American film adaptations of
Jules Vernes, early British television history, and the use of music in the
films of Stanley Kubrick.

 
The School of Humanities
Film Studies is located in the recently formed School of Humanities, where
it enjoys a close collaborative relationship with Archaeology, English,
History, Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy. The School has a vigorous
culture of postgraduate research and has developed an extensive range of
taught MA programmes. It also has several interdisciplinary groupings and
research-based Centres, including some of which involve other Faculties
within the University.

 
The University
Southampton is an expanding research-led university with a strong commitment
to improving profile within the Russell Group, the leading group of research
universities in the UK, and to extending the number of disciplines in which
it has an international reputation. With strong departments in science,
engineering, social science and medicine, as well as arts and humanities,
the University is at the centre of a substantial network of higher education
in the region and internationally. It is a member of the Worldwide
University Network (WUN), an alliance of research-led universities in the
UK, US, Europe and the Far East. The predominant ethos is informal and
participatory with a strongly developed and supportive structure.

More detailed information is available as the Universityıs website:
www.soton.ac.uk <http://www.soton.ac.uk/>

 

For informal enquiries regarding the studentship, please contact Dr. Lucy
Mazdon ([log in to unmask])

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