Lecturer, Film and Media

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Stefanie is Lecturer in Film and Media. She joined QMU in April 2019, after a time as post-doctoral researcher on projects at the Universities of Exeter, Glasgow and St Andrews. She also taught at Stirling, Ghent (Belgium) and Southampton.

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Stefanie’s PhD was awarded for her thesis entitled The Aesthetics of Moderation: Women Making Documentaries in North Africa, which resulted in her first monograph Negotiating Dissidence: The Pioneering Women of Arab Documentary, published in 2017 with Edinburgh University Press. Her qualifications also include an MA (Distinction) in Literature and Film from Newcastle University and a Licentiate (Distinction) in English Literature from Ghent University. She has professional experience with several international film festivals as coordinator, programmer, curator and board member.

Stefanie is one of three editorial board members of the Edinburgh University Press series ReFocus: The International Directors, and an active contributing board member of the open-access MAI: Journal of Feminism and Visual CultureShe serves as board member of the Africa in Motion Film Festival, has served on several student and professional film festival juries, and founded MONA, a festival in Antwerp (Belgium) dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African film.

Stefanie has particular expertise in the following areas: Film Festivals, Film History, Film-Philosophy, Feminist Film Studies, African Film, Arab Cinema, Documentary and Non-Fiction, Third Cinema, Poetry Film, Animation.

Stefanie’s area of expertise is women in world cinema. She is a film historian interested in non-mainstream filmmaking such as activist non-fiction and animation, and the manner in which these art forms have been perceived and received on international festival networks. With the growing public awareness of the intersection of feminist and critical race theory, central questions in her research focus on power structures, identity formation and emancipation. A particular interest is film-philosophy’s explorations of ethical spectatorship, and how film/viewing enables solidarity across borders. Past research projects have focused on African film archives and festivals, Arab women’s cinema, and animation in the Middle East – always inspired by the particular ways in which the exhibition of films impacts on diverse audiences.

Active research interests:

  • World Cinema
  • Arab and African Cinema
  • Film History (particularly the 1960s-1970s)
  • Film Festival Studies
  • Film-Philosophy
  • Feminist Film Studies

 Please see my research publications in eResearch – Queen Margaret University’s repository

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Drawing on my scholarly research and inspired by over a decade of film festival experience, I mostly teach undergraduate courses in film studies with a participatory and intersectional sensibility. The growing public and academic recognition of feminist and critical race theory challenges us to revise curricula and canons, and feed my interest in non-mainstream texts, approaches and analyses.  

In the past, I have taught diverse subjects, including Film Festivals, Film Analysis, Classics of World Cinema and Animation

Academic awards: 

  • BAFTS Award for Best Edited Collection 2018: Animation in the Middle East: Practice and Aesthetics from Baghdad to Casablanca
  • Above & Beyond Award from the University of Exeter for “excellence in Impact Case Study work”