Keynote speakers – University of Copenhagen

Yosefa Loshitzky

Yosefa Loshitzky is Professorial Research Associate at the Centre for Media and Film Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), University of London. From January to April 2014 she will also be a Visiting Researcher at the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility based in Barcelona, Spain. She is the author of The Radical Faces of Godard and Bertolucci (1995), Identity Politics on the Israeli Screen (2001), and Screening Strangers: Diaspora and Migration in Contemporary European Cinema (2010), the editor of Spielberg's Holocaust: Critical Perspectives on Schindler's List (1997) and a guest editor of a special issue of Third Text on “Fortress Europe: Migration, Culture, Representation” (2006). She is currently writing a book entitled “Just Jews? Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Contemporary Culture and Beyond.”

Savaş Arslan

Savaş Arslan is Associate Professor of Film and Television at Bahçeşehir University in Istanbul, Turkey. Apart from contributing various articles on cinema, arts, and culture to different journals, magazines, and edited volumes, he has published three books: Cinema in Turkey: A New Critical History (Oxford University Press, 2011), Media, Culture and Identity in Europe (co-editor, Bahçeşehir University Press), and Melodram (in Turkish, L&M).

Dina Iordanova

Dina Iordanova joined St. Andrews as the University's first Chair in Film Studies. She is the founder of the Centre for Film Studies and the publishing house St. Andrews Film Studies, the activities of which she currently directs. Having published extensively on transnational cinema, her books are, among others, Cinema of the Other Europe: The Industry and Artistry of East Central European Film (2003), Film Festivals and East Asia (2011) and Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture and the Media (2001). Dina is an international authority on transnational cinema, global film industries, and film festivals. In her work, she investigates film history in its socio-historical and mediatic context, paying particular attention to issues of comparative critical analysis of cross-cultural representation, specific cultural sensibilities and diverse ethnic identities. Lately she has pioneered research into international film festivals and the dynamics of global film circulation. She also maintains the popular blog DinaView.

Mieke Bal

Prof. dr. Mieke Bal, cultural theorist and critic, is Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Professor. She is based at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA), University of Amsterdam. Her interests range from biblical and classical antiquity to 17th century and contemporary art and modern literature, feminism and migratory culture. Her many books include Of What One Cannot Speak: Doris Salcedo’s Political Art (2010), Loving Yusuf (2008), A Mieke Bal Reader (2006), Travelling Concepts in the Humanities (2002) and Narratology (3d edition 2009). She is also a video artist, her experimental documentaries on migration include A Thousand and One Days; Separations; Colony, and the installation Nothing is Missing as part of the Cinema Suitcase collective. Occasionally she acts as an independent curator.

Tabish Khair

Tabish Khair is the author of various books, including the poetry collections, Where Parallel Lines Meet (Penguin, 2000) and Man of Glass (HarperCollins, 2010), the studies, Babu Fictions: Alienation in Indian English Novels (Oxford UP, 2001) and The Gothic, Postcolonialism and Otherness (Palgrave, 2010), and the novels The Bus Stopped (Picador, 2004), Filming (Picador, 2007), The Thing About Thugs (Harpercollins, 2010; Houghton Mifflin, 2012) and How to Fight Islamist Terror from the Missionary Position (2013). He is Associate Professor in English at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University, Denmark.