Department of Media and Film

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Dr Catherine Grant

Post:Senior Lecturer in Film Studies (Media and Film, School of Media, Film and Music)

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UK:01273 678876
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Catherine Grant studied Modern Languages and Literatures (French and Spanish) at the University of Leeds (1982-86), and gained a PhD from the same university (1987-1991) with a thesis on issues of authorship and feminism in Mexican fiction. She was appointed Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 1991, and later was made Director of its Postgraduate Programme in Women's Studies, until 1998 when she took up a post in Film Studies at the University of Kent. There, she taught courses on such topics as world cinema, European cinema, film studies methodologies, individual film directors, 'border crossings' in American cinema, and, latterly, a highly successful practical module in film programming, and served as Director of the Film Studies Department between 2003-7. In 2008, Grant left Kent to move to East Sussex to focus on research and online publishing. She was a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Media, Film & Music at Sussex between 2008 and February 2011, when she was appointed to her current, part-time, Senior Lectureship in Film Studies in this School.

In August 2008, Grant created Film Studies For Free, a regularly updated web-archive of links to, and comment on, online, Open Access, film and moving image studies resources of note. The website, with its associated micro-blogs, has a large international readership, including around 14,000 regular subscribers. Her research blog Filmanalytical can be found here; and Audiovisualcy, the film studies video essay group forum that she curates is here.

During her career, Grant has given lectures and researched at universities in Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Canada, the USA, Spain and France. She is a member of the editorial advisory boards of the following academic journals: Screen (since 1995); and Studies in Hispanic Cinemas (since 2003); she has advised Manchester University Press on their book series Spanish and Latin American Filmmakers since 2002. Since 2008, she has been a member of the advisory board of the University of St Andrews Dynamics of World Cinema: Transnational Channels of Global Film Distribution project. In 2012, she joined the advisory boards of Frames Cinema Journal, TOMA UNO, and the JISC MediaHub.

Also in 2012, she commissioned and guest-edited a collection of more than forty contributions by international scholars on the topic Film and Moving Image Studies Re-Born Digital? for the inaugural issue of the open access Frames Cinema Journal. The issue included two contributions by her: 

Her latest research publication--'Déjà-Viewing? Videographic Experiments in Intertextual Film Studies'--appeared in the Winter 2013 issue of the UCLA's MEDIASCAPE: Journal of Cinema and Media.

Her video essay work has been shown at a number of film festivals:

Grant is also the founding editor of REFRAME, a new, open access, academic digital platform for the online practice, publication and curation of internationally produced research and scholarship. Its subject specialisms—media, film and music— are also those of its publisher, the School of Media, Film and Music (MFM) at the University of Sussex, UK. REFRAME is managed by an editorial board composed of MFM faculty, graduate researchers, and other University of Sussex associates, and it is supported by an international advisory board. Grant co-edits one of REFRAME's first projects--SEQUENCE Serial studies in media, film and music--and also contributes to another: Global Queer Cinema, a collaborative research project engaged in investigating queer film cultures from a global perspective and analysing world cinema from a queer point of view.

In January 2013, she was invited to join the Advocacy and Steering and Editorial Committees of the newly launched, international organisation Open Library of the Humanities, which is working towards a sustainable, open-access future for scholarly publishing in the humanities.