Staff Profile:Professor Lucia Nagib

Professor Lucia Nagib
Job Title:
Professor in Film
  • Director of the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (CFAC)
  • Director of Global Engagement
  • Co-ordinator of the MA courses
Areas of Interest:

I am the PI of the AHRC-FAPESP funded project, 'Towards an Intermedial History of Brazilian Cinema: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method' (short title: IntermIdia). This project focuses on cinema's nature as a mixture of arts and media in order to produce the first, groundbreaking intermedial history of Brazilian cinema. It also explores the uses of intermediality as a historiographic method applicable to cinema as a whole. To that end, it brings together scholars from the University of Reading (UoR) and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), as well as 3 PDRAs, 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. More details on:

As well as cinematic intermediality, I specialise in world cinema theory, history and geography, which I have explored through a novel approach in many publications, including my most recent 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. Once notions of a single centre and primacies are discarded, everything can be placed on the world cinema map on an equal footing, even Hollywood, which instead of a threat becomes a cinema among others. At the core of this proposal is the belief that different cinemas of the world can generate their own, original theories. In multicultural, multi-ethnic societies like ours, cinematic expressions from various origins cannot be seen as 'the other' for the simple reason that they are us. More interesting than their difference is, in most cases, their interconnectedness.


Postgraduate Supervision:

I welcome 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.

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  • FT2PO Practical Option
  • FT3WC A/B World Cinema A & B
  • FTMAE Film Aesthetics
  • FTMWC World Cinema
  • UG & MA Dissertation supervision


  • 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

Honorary Positions Held:

  • 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, 2003-04
  • Ministry of Culture Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Brazilian Studies, University of Oxford, Jan-Feb 2000

Other Positions and Affiliations:

  • Editor, World Cinema Series, I.B. Tauris (London/New York)
  • Co-editor (with Tiago de Luca), Film Thinks Series, I.B. Tauris (London/New York)
  • 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; Aniki; Significação; Series 'Issues in National Cinemas', Bloomsbury.
  • Member of the advisory board of AIM (Associação de Investigadores da Imagem em Movimento)
  • Member of NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies)
  • Member of SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies)
  • Member of ABIL (Association of British and Irish Lusitanists)
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Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 4084

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