Christina Stojanova

Film Department

Office: ED 239.7
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 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 The New Romanian Cinema (2019, Edinburgh University Press, UK), she is currently working on monograph about Canadian animator Caroline Leaf for Bloomsbury, USA.


• 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



• 2019. The New Romanian Cinema (editor), Edinburgh University Press, UK
• 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

• 2021. “Cinema from the End of Days: Malmkrog by C. Puiu and V. Solovyov” for the bilingual (Hungarian/ English) anthology Intermedial Encounters, Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (forthcoming)
• 2020. “Trickster Narratives and Carnivalesque Intermediality in Contemporary Romanian Cinema”, in Intermediality in Eastern European Cinema, Agnes Petho, Ed., Edinburgh University Press, UK, pp. 109-126.
• 2019. “Authenticity in New Romanian Cinema: ‘Ethics and Aesthetics Are One’ in The New Romanian Cinema, C. Stojanova, Ed., Edinburgh U Press, pp. 123-137.
• 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.

Peer-Reviewed Articles (online and in print)

• 2019. “Expressionism and its Legacy,” Special Issue co-edited with Ian Germani, in Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Series Film & Media Studies, Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Volume 16, 2019 (print and online)
• 2019. “German Cinematic Expressionism in Light of Jungian and Post-Jungian Approaches”, in Expressionism and its Legacy, published by Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Series Film & Media Studies, Summer 2019, Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Volume 16/2019, pp. 35-58 (print and online).
• 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, online).
• 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)
• 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)


• 2019. KEYNOTE lecture “The Existential Realism of New Romanian Cinema”, at the International Conference Romanian Cinema in the Cultural Framework: A multidisciplinary approach to Romanian film, literature, history, and the visual arts, Dec 6-7, 2019, Université Libre de Bruxelles & Bruxelles CInematek
• 2019. Public lecture “The Cautious Revival of New Bulgarian Cinema”, Invited Speaker at the St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, St, Petersburg, Russia, Nov 14
• 2019. Public Lecture “Eastern and Central European Cinema, 1989-2018: Negotiating Survival and social Change”, Visiting Scholar at the School of Marxism, Beijing Normal University, Bejing, China, May 20
• 2019. “The Existentialist Realism of New Romanian Cinema: Paradigmatic Phenomenon in Eastern European Cinemas”, Visiting Scholar lecture at the College of Art and Communication, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China, May 21
• 2018. “The Existential Realism of New Romanian Cinema within the Context of Post-communist cinema” KEYNOTE speaker, at the International Conference on Post-totalitarian Cinema in the Eastern European Countries, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Bulgaria, Nov 2.
• 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


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



• 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


• 2020. Lecture and Q & A about La Dolce Vita and Amarcord within the auspices of the Fellini Film School, Regina Public Library, Dec 3
• 2020. Organizing of the Federico Fellini Centennial for the RPL Film School (Sept-Dec)
• 2020. Public launch of the “Special Dossier: Reframing German Expressionism”, under the auspices of RPL, U of R HRI and Dept of Film, U of R, Jan 30
• 2018. Curating mini-festival of New Romanian cinema for the RPL, March 23-25
• 2016. Curating monthly film Series on German Expressionism and its Cinematic Legacy for Regina Public Library, Jan-Sept

JURY MEMBER (selected)

• 2021 Golden Arc Award International Jury, Moscow, Third Edition, Russia, June-August (online)
• 2020 FIPRESCI Jury Member, 69th International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Nov 12.-22 (online)
• 2019 FIPRESCI Colloquium on Russian Cinema, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2nd edition, Nov 11-14
• 2019 Golden Arc Award International Jury, Moscow, Second Edition, Russia, Feb-April (online)
• 2019 FIPRESCI Colloquium on Russian Cinema, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1st edition
• 2017 FIPRESCI Jury Chair, Sofia IFF, Bulgaria


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