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Professor Tim Bergfelder MA, PhD

Professor of Film, Internationalisation Officer, REF Champion (Film)

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Professor Tim Bergfelder is Professor of Film at the University of Southampton. His research focuses on historical developments in European cinema, and on transnational connections in world cinema.

After studying English Literature, Journalism, and History in Berlin, and working as a film critic in Germany, I came to the UK in the 1980s to do a Masters degree and subsequently a PhD in Film at the University of East Anglia, before taking up a post at Southampton.  My research is recognized internationally, evidenced by regular invitations as a keynote speaker at conferences, and through talks and events in Asia, Australia, the Americas, and Europe. I have appeared in and advised on television and film documentaries, radio, exhibitions, and film retrospectives.

My publications focus on various aspects of European and international cinema. Since 2005 I have been an editor for the book series ‘Film Europa' for Berghahn Publishers. Since 2010 I am on the editorial board of Screen, one of the most prestigious journals in the field. I am an editorial advisor on Transnational Cinemas and Cinema&Cie.

I have been a founding member of NECS (Network of European Film and Media Studies) and BAFTSS (British Association of Film and Television Studies), and am a member of MeCCSA (Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies Association), and the German GfM (Gesellschaft für Medienwissenschaften). I have been a peer reviewer for a variety of institutions, and a subpanel member on REF2014 and REF2021.

Between 2004 and 2007 I coordinated a research project on German-speaking émigrés and British Cinema, funded by the AHRC. In 2007, the British Academy funded two workshops on stardom and intertextuality in Brazilian cinema. in 2012 I hosted a delegation of scholars from eleven countries for a workshop on transnational film histories, funded by the ESF. Since 2019 I have been participating in a collaborative five-year ERC project (led by the University of Bristol), called Film Studios: Infrastructure, Culture, Innovation in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, 1930-60.


Appointments held:

Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Author: Hans-Michael Bock (Editor), Tim Bergfelder (Editor), Kevin Brownlow (Foreword)
The Concise Cinegraph
Destination London
Destination London
by Tim Bergfelder
International Adventures
The German Cinema Book
The German Cinema Book

Research interests

  • Transnational film connections, primarily within Europe, and particularly encompassing the national film cultures of Britain and Germany, and their respective relations to World Cinema
  • Asian cinema (especially Hong Kong and South Korean action film)
  • Issues of cultural and national identity, and their expression through historically specific practices of cinematic production, distribution and reception
  • Popular cinema, approached through the methodologies of star, genre, and historical reception studies, and addressing issues of class, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students working on transnational aspects of world cinema, film history, and popular genres. Past PhD theses I have supervised to completion have included topics such as Migrant Filmmakers in Dutch Cinema; Horror and Science Fiction in Bollywood; Left-Wing Terrorism in Postmillennial German and Italian Cinema; Female Authorship and Soviet Cinema; the Italian peplum genre; Post-1997 Hong Kong Cinema; the films of Peter Lilienthal; British audiences and approaches to European cinema; Intertextuality in Contemporary Brazilian Film; Austrian Filmmakers in Britain; German Cinematographers in British Cinema, Stardom in East German Cinema.

I am currently co-supervising the following PhD projects:

Student: Anchalee Chaiworaporn
Supervisors: Tim Bergfelder and Ruby Cheung
Project: Independent Thai cinema

Student: Ao Chen
Supervisors: Malcolm Cook, Elizabeth Carroll (Coordinating Supervisor: Tim Bergfelder)
Project: Buddhist Approaches in Film Theory

Student: Hee-Young Chung
Supervisors: Tim Bergfelder and Malcolm Cook
Project: Breath in South Korean Cinema

Student: Yael Gordon
Supervisors: Tim Bergfelder and Michael Hammond
Project: Adolescent Refugees in Contemporary European Cinema

Student: Yushi Hou
Supervisors: Tim Bergfelder and Louis Bayman
Project: Chinese Neo-Noir

Student: Thomas Humpal
Supervisors: Tim Bergfelder and Louis Bayman
Project: South Korean Horror Cinema

Student: Jia Kang
Supervisors: Ruby Cheung and Tim Bergfelder
Project: South Korean Art Cinema

Student: Yuan Li
Supervisors: Tim Bergfelder and Ruby Cheung
Project: Multilingualism in Taiwanese Cinema

Student: Ruohan Tang
Supervisors: Ruby Cheung and Tim Bergfelder
Project: Participatory Video in China

Affiliate research groups

Film, STUDIOTEC: Film Studios: Infrastructure, Culture, Innovation in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, 1930-60

Research project(s)

German-speaking émigrés in British cinema, 1925-1950

Stardom and Intertextuality in Brazilian Cinema

REF Champion (Film)

Director of Internationalisation for the School of Humanities

Member of the University World Rankings Advisory Project

Chair of the Parkes Institute Advisory Committee

Member of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Collaborative Provision Subcommittee

Member of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Internationalisation Committee

REF 2021: Member of Main Panel D: Subpanel 33: Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies

Editor of Screen (Oxford University Press)

Editor of book series ‘Film Europa’ for Berghahn Books (Oxford and New York)

Editorial advisory board member for journals Transnational Cinemas (Taylor and Francis) and Cinema&Cie (Mimesis International).

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Book Chapters

Module Coordinator on MA module Post-Classical Film Theory

Module Coordinator on MA module East Asian Action and Noir cinema

UG and PGT dissertation supervision

Personal tutor for UG and PGT students

Professor Tim Bergfelder
University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number : 65/1069

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