Professor Tim Bergfelder
Professor, Director of Research, Internationalisation
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Professor Tim Bergfelder is a Professor of Film at the University of Southampton.
After studying English Literature, Journalism, and History at Berlin's Free University, and working as a film critic in Germany for some years, I initially came to the UK in the 1980s to do a Masters degree in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. I subsequently completed my PhD there on 'The Internationalisation of the German Film Industry in the 1950s and 1960s', and took up a teaching position at Southampton in 1995 where I have been based ever since, and where I have been promoted, first to Senior Lecturer, and later to full Professor. Over the last ten years my research has become recognized both nationally and internationally, evidenced by regular invitations to be a keynote speaker at conferences, and through invited talks and public events in locations including the Far East, Australia, Latin America, the United States, and Europe. I have also appeared in and advised on television and film documentaries, radio programmes, museum exhibitions, film retrospectives, and in the print media. Since 2009, I have been on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Study of Globalization and Cultures at the University of Hong Kong.
My research and publications since the 1990s focused on various aspects of European and international cinema. In 2002, I co-edited The German Cinema Book, a collection of essays that became a successful textbook in many University courses on the subject (a second edition is currently in progress). In 2004, The Titanic in Myth and Memory: Representations in Visual and Literary Culture was published, a book that analysed the multiple ways in which the tragic disaster has been imagined and transformed by authors, visual artists, and filmmakers throughout the 20th Century. International Adventures: Popular European Co-productions (2005) was a book-length study of a previously under-researched period and mode of filmmaking in European film history, and was hailed by critics as a groundbreaking intervention. It was shortlisted for the prestigious annual ‘Willy Haas-Prize' for best international book in film history, as was my next book, co-written with Sue Harris and Sarah Street, which was called Film Architecture and the Transnational Imagination: Set Design in 1930s European Cinema (2007). In 2008 I co-edited with Christian Cargnelli Destination London: German-speaking émigrés and British Cinema, 1925-1950. The latter was one of several outputs of a large research project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, which I coordinated between 2004 and 2007.
Apart from my book projects I have published numerous articles and chapters in collections and peer-reviewed journals. Since 2005 I have been a series editor for the book series ‘Film Europa: German Cinema in an International Context' for Berghahn Publishers, and advised on topics including Peter Lorre, Michael Haneke, and Memory and Nostalgia in German Film. Since 2006 I was on the advisory board of Screen, one of the world's most highly regarded academic journals in the field, and I have been one of the main editors since 2010. I am also involved with two other journals, Transnational Cinemas, and Cinema&Cie, the latter published in Italy.
In addition to my editorial work, I am keen to engage with policy and strategy pertaining to my field, at both national and international levels. I have been a founding member of and actively involved in organisations such as NECS (Network of European Film and Media Studies) and BAFTSS (British Association of Film and Television Studies), and am also a member of MeCCSA (Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association), and the German GfM (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaften). Since 2010 I am a member of the national Peer Review College of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), assessing research proposals for funding.
I have organised or co-organised a number of conferences and workshops in Southampton and elsewhere, on topics including musicals, the Titanic, film exile, and stardom and intertextuality in Brazilian cinema. Most recently I co-curated the annual Screen conference (Repositioning Screen History) at the University of Glasgow in 2011, and in 2012 I hosted a delegation of scholars from eleven different countries for a workshop on transnational exile film histories across Europe, an event that was funded by the European Science Foundation (ESF).