Kate Ince

Katherine Ince

Colleges, School and Institutes

External positions

, British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies

30 Apr 2027 → …


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 Body and the Screen, on female subjectivities in the films of French and British women directors, appeared in Bloomsbury’s ‘Thinking Cinema’ series in January 2017 and won BAFTSS Best Monograph of 2017 award. An essay titled Global Women’s Cinema appeared in the Routledge Companion to World Cinema later that year. I am PI of the AHRC network ‘Serge Daney and queer cinephilia’ (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. My book on French director Mia Hansen-Løve will be published in Edinburgh University Press’s ‘Visionaries’ series on women film-makers in March 2021.

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sussex

    Deconstructing Difference: Sexuality and Love in Contemporary French Literature and Philosophy

    1 Oct 1986 - 30 Apr 1992
  • Master of Arts, University of Sussex

    Critical Theory

    1 Oct 1985 - 30 Sep 1986
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

    Modern Languages (French and German)

    1 Oct 1981 - 30 Jun 1985

Professional Qualifications

  • Associate of the London College of Music, ALCM

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I have supervised or co-supervised 7 PhDs and numerous Masters theses to completion, and currently supervise a PhD entitled Gender Perspectives of Directors of Feminist Films between Western countries and Hong Kong between 1990 and 2000 (Yiran Ai) and co-supervise Concrétisations cinématographiques de l’identité française (Diane Michael). Matthew Bruce attained his MA by Research on François Truffaut and silent cinema under my supervision in 2019-20, and Melina Delmas her PhD on retranslations of women’s writing between French and English (lead supervised by Gaby Saldanha and co-supervised by Emma Wagstaff and me) at a Skype viva early in COVID-19 lockdown! Please contact me if you are interested in pursuing research on particular approaches to art and film, or French cinema and visual art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.