- Adviser of Studies (Arts College Academic and Student Administration)
- Senior Lecturer (French)
R311A Level 3
Glasgow G12 8RS
Modern and Contemporary French Thought (Existentialism, Deconstruction, Postmodernism), Twentieth-Century French Avant-Garde Movements (Dada and Surrealism), French Photography and Cinema.
Dr Fotiade's research profile spans across three inter-related areas of investigation in French Twentieth-Century Studies: avant-garde literary movements, philosophy and visual culture. Her recently published monograph on Jean-Luc Godard’s cult feature, A bout de souffle, which was commissioned by the I.B. Tauris Publishers, was very favourably reviewed in the TLS (17 January 2014). Last year she published a book-chapter on 'Bunuel's Surrealist Time-Image' in Rob Stone & Julian Gutiérrez-Albilla's Companion to Luis Bunuel (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). In 2010 she was invited to contribute as one of only four international advisors to the major Surrealist retrospective organised at the Barbican Arts Centre in London (June-September 2010). On this occasion, she wrote five short essays on French cinema and Surrealist architecture for the exhibition catalogue (The Surreal House, Yale University Press, 2010). The exhibition attracted more than 42,500 visitors and was very favourably reviewed in The Independent, The Guardian and voted nr 1 critics’ choice in Time Out. Over the past three years, she has also published several book-chapters and articles on French cinema, in preparation for the first integrated study of Surrealist photography and film from a philosophical perspective, due to be published later this year: Pictures of the Mind. Surrealist Photography and Film (Peter Lang, 2014). The argument of the book focuses on the relevance of post-structuralist theories (in particular, deconstruction) for the re-assessment of the Surrealist approach to still and moving images leading to the elaboration of an ‘aesthetics of spectrality’ with lasting implications for a range of post-war trends in art-house and popular cinema. An edited volume on the topic of Embodiment (Phenomenological, Religious and Deconstructive Views on Living and Dying), which includes contributions from Jean-Luc Marion, Jean-Luc Nancy and Michel Henry was published in March 2014 with Ashgate. In 2010 Dr Fotiade was asked to give a paper in the prestigious “Provocations” series of debates organised by the Forum for European Philosophy at Regent’s Park College, Oxford (Life After Deconstruction, 3 June 2010). In recognition of the international reputation of the Shestov Studies Society and the scholarly publication (Les Cahiers Léon Chestov) which she directs, the Paris-based publisher Le Bruit du temps entrusted her with the direction of the new critical edition of Lev Shestov’s complete works. The first three volumes in the series, which she prefaced, annotated and commented, came out in September 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively, and were very favourably reviewed in the press. The prestigious French radio station, France Culture, invited her on two occasions to give 34-minute interviews (with Alain Venstein) on this editorial project. The interviews were broadcast in November 2010 and October 2012. More recently, she was asked to contribute to a programme on Benjamin Fondane’s avant-garde film, Tararira (broadcast on France Culture on 16 January 2014).
• Director of the Lev Shestov Studies Society (www.shestov.arts.gla.ac.uk).
À Bout de Souffle.
Series: Cine-files: the French film guides
I.B. Tauris, London.
Fixed-explosive: Buñuel's surrealist time-image.
In: Stone, R. and Gutierrez-Albilla, J.D. (eds.)
A Companion to Luis Buñuel.
Series: Wiley-Blackwell companions to film directors
Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, UK, pp. 156-171.
Filming Grace: Kieslowski, Dante and the confines of cinematic representation.
La Parola del Testo: Rivista Internazionale di Letteratura Italiana e Comparata, 17
Conceptions of the Absurd: From Surrealism to the Existential Thought of Chestov and Fondane.
Legenda/ EHRC, Oxford .
Le Pouvoir des clés. Nouvelle éd. corrigée, présentée et annotée par Ramona Fotiade.
Léon Chestov - La Philosophie de la tragedie. Dostoïevski et Nietzsche.
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1997 – The British Academy Small Research Grant £3,109.
2005/06 - AHRC Study Leave Award £14,013.
2007 – Chancellor’s Fund Award £2,200.
2007/8 – I helped a graduate student to apply successfully for a Carnegie scholarship and start writing a PhD thesis on Dostoevsky’s reception in France under my supervision.
2008 – British Academy Travel Grant for conference participation £200.
Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund Award for conference organisation £300
SMLC Research Support Fund Award £500 (research trip to New York).
2009 – Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund Award for participation to conference £200.
SMLC Strategic Research Fund Award for participation in Salon de la revue £150.
2009/10 – I helped two graduates in the SMLC to develop their research projects and make successful applications for PG funding to the AHRC (one student obtained an AHRC scholarship to write a PhD in film studies under my supervision and the other successfully applied to the AHRC for a MPhil scholarship to write a dissertation on Fondane under joint supervision).
2010/11 – Strategic Research Fund Award £350 (research trip to Paris).
2012 – SMLC Strategic Research Fund Award £700 (translation and copyediting of forthcoming volume).
2012 – Conseil National du Livre (CNL) award of €2,000 to the Lev Shestov Society
Graduate Research Supervision
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on subtitling French Cinema banlieue films.
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on French Cinema (Claire Denis & intertextuality) - thesis submited and awaiting examination in May 2014.
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on word/image interaction and the question of inadaptability
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on the first reception of Dostoevsky’s work in France (successfully defended in May 2013).
Joint supervisor of a MPhil thesis on Benjamin Fondane’s work (successfully defended in October 2011).
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on French and Italian feminist writers (successfully defended in October 2010).
Joint supervisor a PhD thesis on contemporary French gay cinema (successfully defended in 2005).
Supervisor of a PhD thesis on Sartre and Ionesco’s conceptions of the theatre (successfully defended in 2000).
Supervisor of a MPhil thesis on André Breton and Paul Auster (successfully defended in 1999).
Post-Graduate MSc Programme in Translation Studies: Lecture on literature and film in the Media Option - Marketing & Translation Across Media
Honours Options: Twentieth-Century French Thought, French Cinema, French Women's Writing, European and Latin-American Cinema.
Honours: Language Programmes Convener
Level 3: Language Programme Convener
Level 2: Gender & Performance lecture (French)
Level 1: Film Unit core course lecture (SMLC); French Cinema lectures
The Shestov Journal/Cahiers Léon Chestov:
As general editor of this bi-lingual publication, Dr Fotiade has overseen the production of several themed issues, including contributions from internationally renowned scholars as well as new archival documentation and previously unpublished manuscripts relating to the life and work of the existential philospher, Lev Shestov.
The Lev Shestov Journal: ISSN 1369 9636
- no. 1, 124pp, Autumn 1997
- no. 2, 132pp, Winter 1998
- nr. 3, 120pp, Autumn 2002
- nr. 4-5 (special issue Chestov – Buber), 106pp, Spring 2005
- nr. 6, Autumn 2006, 66pp
- nr. 7, Autumn 2007, 69pp
- nr. 8 Spring 2008 (special issue Chestov – Bespaloff), 90pp
- nr. 9 Autumn 2009 (special issue Chestov – Fondane), 78pp
- nr. 10 Autumn 2010 (special issue Chestov – Cioran), 66pp
- nr. 11 Autumn 2011 (special issue Chestov - Schloezer), 76pp
- nr. 12 Autumn 2012 (special issue Chestov - Bataille), 82pp
For further information visit the Shestov Studies Society website
1999/2011 – Member of the Forum for European Philosophy (representative of the Glasgow French Section/SMLC).
Invited contribution to the “Provocations” conference series of the Forum for European Philosophy at Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford – June 2010.
Invited contributions to the Tate Modern conference series on Surrealism and Film (organised by the Forum for European Philosophy), 2001: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/surrealism/events.htm
Co-organiser of an international conference with the Forum for European Philosophy – The Crisis of Self-Consciousness. Consciousness and Language, October 1999.