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Professor Lucia Nagib

Professor Lucia Nagib

Areas of interest

I specialise in world cinema theory, history and geography, as well as cinematic realism, which I have explored through a novel approach in many publications, including my single-authored book, World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism. My proposal consists in the adoption of a positive, democratic and inclusive approach to film studies, which rejects the usual binary division that posits world cinema against Hollywood, defining it instead as a polycentric phenomenon with peaks of creation in different places and periods. My forthcoming single-authored book, Realist Cinema as World Cinema: Non-cinema, Intermedial Passages, Total Cinema (Amsterdam University Press in 2020), expands on realism as a mode of film production.

I also specialise in cinematic intermediality and have been the principal investigator on the AHRC-FAPESP funded project, Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method (short title: IntermIdia), from October 2015 to July 2019. This project explored cinema's nature as a mixture of arts and media in order to produce the first, groundbreaking intermedial history of Brazilian cinema. It also tested the use of intermediality as a historiographic method applicable to cinema as a whole. To that end, it brought together scholars from the University of Reading and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR), as well as three postdoctoral research assistants, combining expertise in cinematic intermediality, Brazilian cinema, film history, film theory, film and music, film and theatre, film and visual arts, and film and popular culture.

Within the remit of the IntermIdia project, I have co-directed the feature-length essayistic documentary, Passages, which is currently doing the rounds in international film festivals.

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised 13 PhD students through to completion and am currently supervising four PhD students.

I welcome postdoctoral researchers and postgraduate students in all areas of world cinema theory, history and geography. I am particularly interested in projects concerned with cinematic realism; intermediality; new waves and new cinemas; national cinemas such as Brazilian, Japanese and German cinemas. I have a growing interest in practice as research.


  • Practical option
  • World Cinema: Presenting and Representing Reality
  • Film Beyond the Medium
  • Dissertation supervision (BA and MA).

Academic qualifications

  • LLB University of São Paulo
  • MA in Film Studies (thesis on Werner Herzog), University of São Paulo
  • PhD in Film Studies (thesis on Nagisa Oshima), University of São Paulo.

Awards and honours

  • Distinguished Visitor, Dept of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, 3–7 March 2008
  • Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2003–4
  • Ministry of Culture Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford, January–February 2000.

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Co-editor (with Julian Ross), World Cinema Series, Bloomsbury (London/New York)
  • Co-editor (with Tiago de Luca), Film Thinks Series, Bloomsbury (London/New York) Member of the AHRC Peer-Review College
  • Member of the advisory board of BAFTSS: British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies
  • Member of the advisory board of AIM  (Associação de Investigadores da Imagem em Movimento), Portugal
  • Member of the University of Reading Heritage & Creativity Grant Development college
  • Member of the advisory board of the series 'Remapping World Cinema', Routledge (London)
  • Member of the advisory board of Screen; New Cinemas  Journal of Contemporary Film; Transnational Cinemas; Series 'Issues in National Cinemas', Bloomsbury.
  • Member of the advisory board of the journal Open Screens
  • Member of the advisory board of journal Transnational Cinemas
  • Member of the advisory board of the series 'Brazilian Studies', Peter Lang (Bern, Switzerland)
  • Member of the advisory board of the Series 'Issues in National Cinemas', Bloomsbury (London/New York)
  • Member of the advisory board of journal Aniki
  • Member of European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS)  
  • Member of Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • Member of Association of British and Irish Lusitanists (ABIL).