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 Senior Lecturer in 2001, and Reader in French Film and Gender Studies in 2006.

Research interests

My research has focused in recent years on the feminist philosophy of film, represented by the sole authored book The Body and the Screen: female subjectivities in contemporary women's cinema (Bloomsbury 2017), and on the study of women film directors, an area in which I am currently completing a monograph on the French director Mia Hansen-Love (The Cinema of Mia Hansen-Love: candour and vulnerability). I am Principal Investigator of the AHRC network 'Serge Daney and queer cinephilia' (July 2018-June 2020), working with Dr Marc Siegel (JGU, Mainz) as Co-Investigator and Dr Pierre Eugene (INHA, Paris) as third project team member. I am Treasurer of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, (BAFTSS) and sit on the BAFTSS Executive Committee, on the Editorial Board of Studies in French Cinema, and on the Advisory Board of Edinburgh University Press's 'Visionaries' book series on women film-makers. I regularly attend the Film-Philosophy, BAFTSS and NECS annual conferences. 

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 currently lead-supervise a PhD student working on a comparison of 'Western' and Hong Kong feminist cinema (Yiran Ai), and co-supervise a PhD on cinematic representations of the French Occupation 1940-44.

I welcome enquiries from potential doctoral researchers on film and visual culture (especially French or by women) and on twentieth century French thought (existential phenomenology, poststructuralism, feminist thought).