By Dina Iordanova
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Professor Dina Iordanova
Originally from Bulgaria, and having worked in Canada, the US and England, my background is in philosophy and aesthetics. I joined the University of St. Andrews as the University’s first Chair in Film Studies in 2004 and led the start of that Department’s dramatic climb up the research league tables to the best score achieved by a department in Scotland in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. I am the founder of the Centre for Film Studies and the publishing house St Andrews Film Studies. I have served as Head of Department, as Director of Research for the top performing School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies, and as Provost of the ancient St. Leonard’s College/Dean of Graduate Studies, with responsibility for doctoral students.
My research interests are in global (and particularly non-Western) film cultures, transnational cinema, and global film circulation. I have also published extensively on Eastern European and Balkan cinema. In my work, I investigate film history in its socio-historical and mediatic context, paying particular attention to issues of comparative critical analysis of cross-cultural representation, cultural sensibilities and diverse identities. Starting in, 2008 I pioneered research into international film festivals and the dynamics of global cinema. I am active on the international speakers circuit, have been a distinguished visiting professor at Universities in the USA and across Europe and Asia, and I am recipient of multiple awards from organisations such as the Rockefeller, Leverhulme and Carnegie Trusts. My work has been translated into twenty languages and has been adopted for teaching around the world.