- Senior Lecturer (French)
- Adviser of Studies (Arts College Academic and Student Administration)
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. 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). She has recently completed a monograph on Jean-Luc Godard’s cult feature, A bout de souffle, which has been commissioned by the I.B. Tauris Publishers, and will come out in 2012. 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, 2012). 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. 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 volume in the series, which she prefaced, annotated and commented, came out in September 2010 and was very favourably reviewed in the press. The prestigious French radio station, France Culture, invited her for a 34-minute interview (with Alain Venstein) on this editorial project.
• Director of the Lev Shestov Studies Society (www.shestov.arts.gla.ac.uk).
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 two PhD theses on French cinema (one on Claire Denis and the other on word/image interaction and the question of inadaptability).
Joint supervisor of a MPhil thesis on Benjamin Fondane’s work (successfully
defended in October 2011).
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on the first reception of
Dostoevsky’s work in France (to be submitted in September 2012).
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).
Honours Options: French Women's Writing, Twentieth-Century French Thought, Modern French Novel, French Cinema.
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), 66p
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.