Kate Ince

Prof, Professor of French and Visual Studies

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I have supervised or co-supervised eight PhDs, two MAs by Research (40,000 word thesis) and numerous shorter Masters theses/dissertations to completion, and currently lead supervise one PhD on French film (‘Anachronistic Heroes in French comedy cinema’), co-supervise a PhDs on French cinematic memories of the années noires, and am advising a visiting PhD student from the University of Melbourne on her thesis on Céline Sciamma.

1994 …2023

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BA (Oxon), MA, DPhil (Sussex)


My BA was in Modern Languages (French and German) at St John's College, Oxford, which I followed with an MA in Critical Theory and DPhil in French Studies at the University of Sussex. I then worked as a lectrice (colloquial assistant of English) for two years in France (Dijon and Paris) before being appointed to a lecturership in French at Birmingham, in 1990. I was made Reader in French Film and Gender Studies in 2006, and Professor of French and Visual Studies in 2020.

Research interests

My latest book The Cinema of Mia Hansen-Løve: candour and vulnerability was published in Edinburgh University Press’s ‘Visionaries’ series on women film-makers in February 2021. This followed The Body and the Screen, on female subjectivities in the films of French and British women directors, which appeared in Bloomsbury’s ‘Thinking Cinema’ series in January 2017 and won BAFTSS Best Monograph award for that year. I was PI of the AHRC network ‘Serge Daney and queer cinephilia’ from July 2018 to June 2021, with Professor Marc Siegel of the University of Mainz, Germany as Co-Investigator, and Dr Pierre Eugene of the Université d’Amiens as third project team member; a collection of essays arising from this network project is being published by Meson Press in 2023.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Deconstructing Difference: Sexuality and Love in Contemporary French Literature and Philosophy, University of Sussex

1 Oct 198630 Apr 1992

Award Date: 11 Sept 1992

Master of Arts, Critical Theory, University of Sussex

1 Oct 198530 Sept 1986

Award Date: 30 Sept 1986

Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages (French and German), University of Oxford

1 Oct 198130 Jun 1985

Award Date: 14 Jul 1985

External positions

British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies

30 Apr 2027 → …


  • N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
  • BH Aesthetics
  • BJ Ethics


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