Christina Stojanova

Film Department
Associate Professor

Office: ED 239.7
E-mail: christina.stojanova@uregina.ca
Phone: 306-585-5690

Research interests
Art, History, and Politics of (Post) Communist Cinemas; Text and Image in the Digital Age and the Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein; Jungian Analytical Psychology.

Christina Stojanova is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film at the University of Regina, where she has taught since 2006. As a media historian, she focuses on cultural semiotics in Canadian multicultural cinema, the audio-visual media of Québec, Central and Eastern European media and cinema, inter-war German cinema, and on the legacies of Jean-Luc Godard. Her interdisciplinary theoretical grid includes theories of gender and genre; new media narrative theory; the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein; philosophical and analytical-psychological (neo-Jungian) approaches; theories of propaganda, persuasion and globalization, as well as phenomenology of horror and mysticism. She is an internationally recognized expert consultant in academic competitions, has sat as a jury member at more than twenty international film festivals, and has curated twelve international film retrospectives across Canada and abroad.

The first research program is focused on the recent successes of New Romanian Cinema from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural points of view. The monograph "The New Romanian Cinema" co-authored with Professor Dana Duma from the Bucharest Academy of Theatre and Film, will be published in 2015 by the Edinburgh University Press. The study of Béla Tarr's cinema in its philosophical contexts and the crisis of post-communist masculinities also falls under this research program. The second research program looks at media hybridity and intermediality within the context of Wittgenstein's philosophy and neo-Jungian analytical psychology. 

ACCREDITATION

  • PhD (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Humanities – Concordia University) 1999
  • MFA (Film and Theatre Studies, Sofia State Academy for Theatre and Film, Bulgaria) 1982
  • BA (Film and Theatre Studies, Sofia State Academy for Theatre and Film, Bulgaria) 1980

WORKS OF NOTE

Books

  • 2013. The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard (co-edited with Douglas Morrey, U of Warwick, UK, and Nicole Cote, U of Sherbrooke. WLU Press, Canada, 250 pages
  • 2011. Wittgenstein at the Movies: Cinematic Investigations (co-edited with Béla Szabados, University of Regina), Lexington Books, USA, 172 pages

Chapters in Anthologies

  • 2012. “A Gaze From Hell: Eastern European Horror Cinema Reconsidered” in European Nightmares, P. Allmer, D. Huxley and E. Brick, Eds., Wallflower, UK /Columbia U Press, USA, pp. 225-238
  • 2012. “Post-Communist Cinema Twenty Years Later: Negotiating Survival and Social Change” in From Totalitarianism to Democracy: Twisted and Unfinished Road, published by The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences (Montreal, Canada) and The Polish Academy of Arts & Sciences (Cracow, Poland), H-M. Pappius and S. Latek, Eds., pp. 223-246.
  • 2011. Beyond Text and Image: Péter Forgács and his Wittgenstein Tractatus” in Wittgenstein at the Movies, B. Szabados and C. Stojanova, Eds., Lexington Books, USA, pp. 121-138.
  • 2011. Stranger Than Paradise: Immigration and Impaired Masculinities” in Making It Like a Man, Edited by Christine Ramsay, WLU Press, pp. 101-129.
  • “An Overview of Canadian Film History” (in Bulgarian) in History of World Cinema, Volume 2, Bulgarian Academy of Science Press & Marin Drinov Press (Sofia, Bulgaria), pp. 243-265.
  • 2010. “Between Tradition and Modernity: The Transnational Cinema of Deepa Mehta” in Canadian Women Directors, George Melnyk and Brenda Austin-Smith, Eds., WLU Press, pp.  217-232.
  • 2009. “Good-bye East Berlin: The City as a Chronotope of the Post-Communist Drama of Transition” in Berlin's Culturescapes in the 20th Century, M. Zimmerman and T. Bredohl, Eds., Canadian Plains Research Center, pp. 201-228.

Articles and Reviews (online and in print)

  • 2012. The New Romanian Cinema Between the Tragic and the Ironic (with Dana Duma), Film International, Intellect UK (Volume 10, Issue 1), pp. 7-21
  • 2011. Romania on the Movie Map: Some Notes from the 10th Edition of Transylvania IFF, Kinema,  Waterloo, CA, No. 36
  • 2011. In the Spirit of JLG: Notes on the Godard FilmPool DVD Project, Splice, Regina, CA, pp. 20-25
  • 2011. Siberia, Monamour, www.kinokultura.com, Issue 33
  • 2010. The New Vicissitudes of Auteur Cinema in E European Cinema: Karlovy Vary IFF, www.kinokultura.com, Issue 30
  • 2009. Characters and Circumstances: Some Notes On the Moscow IFF, www.kinokultura.com, Issue 26
  • 2007. Special Issue on Romanian Cinema – Guest Co-Editor, www.kinokultura.com, Special Issue # 6

Awards and Distinctions

  • Recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Recipient of Diploma and Silver Medal from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture (2006)