Christina Stojanova

Film Department
Associate Professor

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

Research interests
Political, social, and aesthetic aspects of (post) communist cinemas, cinema of Québec, interwar German cinema; Narrative, hybridity, and Intermediality in the digital age; Ludwig Wittgenstein; Freudian, Lacanian, and (Neo) Jungian analytical psychology

Christina Stojanova, PhD is 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 national and international film retrospectives across Canada and abroad. She currently serves on the editorial boards of Rodopi Publishing House (Amsterdam), and the international refereed journals Studies in Eastern Europe Cinema (UK) and Ekphrasis. Images, Cinema, Theory, Media (Romania).

Since 2005, she has contributed 20 chapters to internationally acclaimed academic publications, two of which – Wittgenstein at the Movies (2011, Lexington Press, USA) and The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard (2014, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Canada) – she has co-edited. Editor of the forthcoming The New Romanian Cinema (2019, Edinburgh University Press, UK), she is currently working on monograph about Canadian animator Caroline Leaf for Toronto University Press.

 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

SELECTED WORKS OF NOTE

Books

  • 2019. The New Romanian Cinema (editor), Edinburgh University Press, UK, (forthcoming)
  • 2014. The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard (co-editor with Douglas Morrey and Nicole Cote, Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Canada, 250 pages
  • 2011. Wittgenstein at the Movies: Cinematic Investigations (co-editor with Béla Szabados), Lexington Books, USA, 172 pages

Chapters in Anthologies

  • 2019. “Trickster Narratives and Carnivalesque Intermediality in Contemporary Romanian Cinema” in Intermediality in Eastern European Cinema, Agnes Petho, Ed, Edinburgh University Press, UK (print, forthcoming)
  • 2019. “Authenticity in New Romanian Cinema: ‘Ethics and Aesthetics Are One’ in The New Romanian Cinema, C. Stojanova, Ed, Edinburgh U Press (print, forthcoming)
  • 2014. “Private Regina: The Poetics and Politics of Memory” in Mind the Gap, C. Ramsay, R. Rogers, Eds., University of Regina Press, pp. 245-265
  • 2014. “Jean-Luc Godard and Ludwig Wittgenstein in New Contexts” in The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard, D. Morrey, C. Stojanova, N. Cote, Eds., WLUP, pp. 127-141
  • 2013. “The Damnation of Labor in the Films of Béla Tarr” in Work in Cinema: Labor and the Human Condition, Ewa Mazierska, Ed., Palgrave-MacMillan, UK, pp. 169-187
  • 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
  • 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, Christine Ramsay, Ed., WLU Press, pp. 101-129.

Articles and Reviews (online and in print)

  • 2018. “The Great War, Cinema, and Propaganda: Industry and Artistry” in Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Series Film & Media Studies, Volume 14/ 2017, pp. 131-156 (print and online, refereed)
  • 2018. “The Existentialist Realism of New Russian Cinema: Notes from the St. Petersburg’s FIPRESCI Colloquium, November 2017” in Offscreen. Volume 22, Issue 3 / March 2018 (online, non-refereed)
  • 2017. “It Passes Through Time and Space: Notes on Radu Jude’s Eponymous Film” in Short Film Studies, Volume 7/ Issue 2; ISSN: 20427824, Online ISSN: 20427832 Intellect Journals, UK, pp. 181-187 (print, refereed)
  • 2013. “The Surreality of Saskatchewan Puppets: Notes on the IUPFF Exhibition and Films” in DAG Volumes: No. 2, 2013, pp. 10-14 (print, non-refereed)
  • 2013. “The Trickster in Bulgarian Identity Discourses and His Manifestations in Post-communist Bulgarian Cinema, in Studies in Eastern European Cinema, Intellect, UK, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp. 161-180 (print, refereed)
  • 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 (print and online, refereed)
  • 2007. “New Romanian Cinema”, Guest Co-Editor, www.kinokultura.com, Special Issue # 6 (online, non-refereed)

INVITED SPEAKER

  • 2018. “The Existentialist Realism of New Romanian Cinema within the Context of Postcommunist cinema” KEYNOTE speaker at Post-totalitarian Cinema in the Eastern European Countries, International Conference, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2016. “Methodology and Identity: A personal Journey through the Cinemas of Eastern Europe”, KEYNOTE speaker at Conference and Workshop on Intermediality in Contemporary Eastern and Central European Cinemas, Sapientia Hungarian University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania
  • 2015. “Narratives for the Digital Age,” KEYNOTE speaker at Trash Talkin’ Conference, U of R
  • 2014. “Irony and Revolution: The Aesthetic Laboratory of the Dziga Vertov Group Films (Jean-Luc Godard)” at Screenings and Lecture Series Godard Forever: Part II, TIFF and Cinematheque Ontario, LightBox Theatre, Toronto
  • 2012. “The Trickster and the Others: New Bulgarian Cinema and the Crisis of Masculinity” at Colloquium Guest Series, Department of Cinema & Media Studies (Franke Institute for the Humanities) and Department of Slavic Languages, U of Chicago, USA
  • 2011. “Godard and Wittgenstein in New Contexts” at OMAD Lecture Series, Dept of English Lecture Series, U of R

SELECTED COURSES TAUGHT

FILM 100: The Art of Motion Pictures
FILM 245: Genre: Film Noir
FILM 253: Narratives for the Digital Age
CTCH 304: The Rise and Fall of Media Empires
FILM 380AJ: Traditions in Animation
FILM 480AS: Jean-Luc Godard
CTCH 402: Censorship & Propaganda in the Media
FILM 480AO: Horror & Mysticism on Screen FILM 480 AT: Jungian Approaches to Identity Formation
FILM 804: Indigenous Motifs in Screen Mysticism & Horror FILM 810AN: Identities in Global Context (Immigration & Diaspora; New Media & Tradition)
FILM 890AL: Jungian Archetypes in Film & Media
FILM 810AX: (Self) Censorship and Artistic Creativity

MOST RECENT EVENT ORGANIZER AND CURATOR 

Academic

  • 2018. One Day Interdisciplinary International Symposium on (Im)migration, Emigration, and Refugees in Europe and Canada: Social Challenges and Issues of Representation, March 21
  • 2016. Lecture Series German Expressionism and its Legacy, at University of Regina, Sept-Oct
  • 2015. 17th Graduate Studies FSAC Colloquium on Propaganda, Censorship, and Surveillance, U of R, February 27-28
  • 2010. Co-Chair of SonImage, International Conference on J-L Godard, U of R, Sept

Outreach

  • 2018 Curating mini-festival of New Romanian cinema for the Regina Public Library, March 29-31
  • 2016 Curating monthly film Series on German Expressionism and its Cinematic Legacy for Regina Public Library, Jan-Sept
  • 2015. Organizer of screenings and discussions of Quebecois Indigenous Film Le Dep (2015) at U of Regina and Regina Public Library, Nov 26-27

SELECT JURY MEMBERSHIP

  • 2018. International Jury of Golden Arc Award, Moscow, Russia
  • 2017. FIPRESCI Jury Chair, Sofia IFF, Bulgaria
  • 2014. Main Jury, 32nd Bulgarian National Film Festival
  • 2011. Jury of Film Journal Séquence, 15th Annual IFF Fantasia, Montreal
  • 2010. FIPRESCI Jury Chair, Karlovy Vary IFF, Czech Republic
  • 2009. FIPRESCI Jury Chair, Moscow IFF, Russia
  • 2008. FIPRESCI Jury Chair, Montreal World Film Festival, Canada

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)