Funding for Film Research
University of Leicester international expert, who teaches on the University’s
newly launched BA degree programme, Film
Studies and Visual Arts, has received a major grant for a four-year large
research project on the theme of Balkan
Cinema: Film and History.
Dina Iordanova, who is with the Leicester History of Art Department, is the
author of two recent books on themes related to the cinema of the Balkans, both
published by the British Film Institute: Cinema
of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture and the Media (2001) and Emir
Kusturica (2002). Her work was recently recognised by the Arts and
Humanities Research Board by awarding her a grant of £98,345 to allow her to
expand her study of the rich but little known cinematic tradition of the Balkans
(including the cinemas of ex-Yugoslavia, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey and
Albania) and explore the specifics of historical filmmaking in the region.
Iordanova comments: ‘The very claim that there is such thing as Balkan culture
may sound unacceptable to outsiders. They have been told repeatedly that people
in the Balkans do not share a feeling of togetherness, that the culture of each
Balkan country stands for itself, separated from the others by linguistic and
religious barriers, and that there is more hostility than exchange among the
groups in the region.
closer examination of Balkan cultural output, however, reveals an astonishing
thematic and stylistic consistency. Cinema in particular testifies to a specific
artistic sensibility, possibly coming from shared history and cultural space. We
feel we need to develop the study of Balkan cinema – there is no shortage of
cinematic traditions here but shortage of scholarship that recognises the
affinities within the region.’
award funds a post-doctoral research position and a PhD studentship. The project
will lead to the publication of several volumes compensating for the shortage of
English-language scholarship on these European cinematic traditions.
Iordanova’s expertise was recently recognised when she became one of a handful
of world film critics invited to compile her 'top ten' best films of all times
for the decade’s poll conducted by the leading film magazine Sight
and Sound and with her appointment to the Society of Cinema Studies’
new University of Leicester Film Studies and Visual Arts degree course, which
started in September 2002, explores the history and theory of film and visual
arts across a wide-ranging span of film-making styles as well as social and
TO EDITORS: Further
information is available from Dr Dina Iordanova, University of Leicester
Department of History of Art, telephone 0116 252 2838, facsimile 0116 252 5128,
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