Profile


Dr Catherine Grant BA (Hons), PhD Film Studies researcher and writer

I studied Modern Languages and Literatures (French and Spanish) at the University of Leeds, and gained a PhD from the same university in 1991 with a thesis on issues of authorship and feminism in Mexican fiction. I was appointed as Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 1991, and later was appointed Director of its Postgraduate Programme in Women's Studies, until 1998 when I took up a post in Film Studies at the University of Kent. I have also given lectures and researched at universities in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Canada, the USA, Spain and France.

At Kent,  I taught courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels on such topics as world cinema, European cinema, film studies methodologies, individual film directors, 'border crossings' in American cinema, and, latterly, a highly successful practical module in film programming. I supervised the work of many BA, MA, and PhD students. Between 2003 and 2007, I was Director of the Kent Film Studies Department; and I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004. 

After ten rewarding years at the University of Kent, I chose to leave that post in July 2008 in order to live with my partner and family in East Sussex and to focus on my work as a researcher and writer. I am now affiliated to the School of  Film and Media at the University of Sussex as a Visiting Research Fellow.

My current research centres on two main areas:

  • film directing in world cinema and questions of authorship or auteurism;
  • recognition as concept, practice, motif, and scene in films and other audiovisual culture.

My main current writing project is an academic book for Manchester University Press, Directing Cinema: The New Auteurism. Building on my existing work on authorship in international cinema, the book examines the many ways in which film directors, their discourse and discourse about them, act, or 'perform' in the contemporary international practices of film production, distribution and exhibition, and in contemporary film cultures more widely.

I have also set up the Film Studies For Free weblog, which actively espouses the ethos of Open Access to digital scholarly material. This blog aims to promote good quality, online, film and moving-image studies resources by commenting on them, and by linking to them.