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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 books, Realist Cinema as World Cinema: Non-cinema, Intermedial Passages, Total Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2020) and World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism (Bloomsbury, 2011)

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.

Within the remit of the IntermIdia project, I have written and co-directed (with Samuel Paiva) the award-winning feature-length documentary film, 
Passages (UK, 2019).

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised 14 PhD students through to completion and am currently supervising eight PhD students at Reading. I have supervised nine postdoctoral researchers, and one is ongoing.

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; and national cinemas such as Brazilian, Japanese and German cinemas. I have a growing interest in practice as research.


I have taught at the State University of Campinas (Brazil), the University of São Paulo (Brazil), the Catholic University of São Paulo (Brazil), the University of Leeds (UK) and since 2013 at the University of Reading. My research-led teaching has encompassed film theory, film history, cinematic realism, cinematic authorship, film and intermediality, Brazilian Cinema, German Cinema, Japanese Cinema, film programming and film festivals, and filmmaking, on UG, PGT and PGR levels.

Current Teaching:

  • World Cinema: Creative Peaks
  • Film Programming and Film Festivals
  • Dissertation and practical project 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

  • 2021 – Best Edited Collection Prize from AIM (the Portuguese Association of Moving Image Researchers) for the Dossier ‘Brazilian Cinema in the Neoliberal Era’, edited by me, Ramayana Lira de Souza and Alessandra Soares Brandão, published in the open-access journal Aniki, vol. 5, issue 2.
  • 2020 – Best International Documentary Prize at the Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival, for the feature-length documentary film Passages (2019), written by me and directed by me and Samuel Paiva
  • 2008 – Distinguished Visitor, University of Alberta, Dept of English and Film Studies, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2003-2004 – Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media, Birkbeck, University of London, on invitation from Prof Laura Mulvey, to conduct research on ‘Utopia in Brazilian Cinema’ (12 months)
  • 2000 – Ministry of Culture Research Fellowship at the Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford (3 months)

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 the Centre for Cinematic Intermediality and Visual Culture, Sapientia Hungarian University, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  • Member of the advisory board of the ERC-funded project ‘Screen Worlds: Decolonising Film and Screen Studies’ (SOAS, London)
  • 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 advisory board of the series 'Remapping World Cinema', Routledge (London)
  • Member of the editorial advisory board of Screen Studies, Bloomsbury
  • Member of the advisory board of journal Screen
  • Member of the advisory board of journal Open Screens
  • Member of the advisory board of journal Transnational Cinemas
  • Member of the advisory board of journal New Cinemas  Journal of Contemporary Film
  • 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)