Rob Stone


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I welcome enquiries about research supervision in relevant areas of World Cinema. I have supervised and examined numerous theses and am currently supervising the following PhD theses amongst others: Hui-Han Chen on a new theorisation of slow cinema for World Cinema. Will McKeown on the political meanings of contemporary horror cinema. Karolina Ginalska on ethnographic filmmaking. Petra Olaoye on affect in American independent cinema. Luis Freijo on de-westernising the western. Ira Ortigosa on sub-titling and dubbing in Basque cinema "We are having a wonderful, life-changing postgraduate experience at the University of Birmingham with its state-of-the-art campus and various academic and social events for postgraduates, which offer opportunities to meet brilliant fellow students whose friendship is enriching. The PhD course gives you the freedom to direct and refine your own research with expert guidance from academics whose supervision is helpful, rigorous and inspiring. The close interaction between students and supervisors, other academic staff, and a cohort of research students keeps our research progress on track and constantly improving. We would recommend it to anyone with a penchant for film and a curious, inquiring mind because the University of Birmingham is the perfect place to study if film is your academic interest." - Hui-Han Chen, Luis Freijo, and Will McKeown, MA by Research and PhD in Film Studies students


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Personal profile


After graduating in Film Studies and Art History, I worked for several years in Spain and completed my doctoral studies on flamenco in Spanish film and literature at the University of Wales. I then worked as lecturer in the University of Aberystwyth before moving to Swansea University in 2004, where I was Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Media and Communication. I was made Professor in 2007 and this was recognised by ANECA (Spanish Government) in 2010.

I became Chair of European Film at the University of Birmingham in 2012 and for 2012-14 I was awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust that enabled me to work on a monograph on Basque cinema with a colleague from the University of Deusto in San Sebastian that was published in English and Spanish. In 2015 I was awarded the Koldo Mitxelena Chair in Basque Studies at the University of Chicago. Amongst other publications and editorial responsibilities, I am co-founder and co-editor of the Routledge series Remapping World Cinema: Regional Tensions and Global Transformations and co-editor of The Routledge Companion to World Cinema. At the University of Birmingham I co-direct B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies, supervise numerous research students, and lecture on American and European cinema. I have contributed to Time OutCinemascope and Sight & Sound as well as film notes and commentary to the Region 2 DVDs of the films of Julio Medem and The Criterion Collection blu-ray box-set of Richard Linklater’s The Before Trilogy.

Research interests

I have a wide range of research interests related to Film Studies and World Cinema and have published on Hispanic cinema (particularly, Spanish, Basque and Cuban cinema), on European cinema, and on independent American cinema. I am particularly interested in the interaction and overlap of history, politics and philosophy in film aesthetics. I am currently working on a range of projects that include a revisionist history of American independent cinema, adaptations of Don Quixote, and representations of neurodiversity in film and television. I have published in English, Spanish and Italian and have been awarded major research grants by the AHRC, the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust and the Mellon Foundation.

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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