Dr Ramona Fotiade
- Senior Lecturer in French (French)
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 2016 she curated the exhibition, Léon Chestov - La Pensée du dehors (at the Mairie du 6e in Paris), devoted to the sesquincentenary of the existential thinker, and co-produced and scripted a short documentary film released during the exhibition. She has also prefaced and annotated the new, critical edition of Lev Shestov's work, Athens and Jerusalem, in English, published with Ohio University Press. Her recent publications in visual culture include an essay on Bazin, Surrealism and Postmodernism published in The Major Realist Film Theorists critical anthology edited by Ian Aitken (EUP, 2016), and a monograph on Jean-Luc Godard’s cult feature, A bout de souffle, which was commissioned by the I.B. Tauris Publishers, and was very favourably reviewed in the TLS (17 January 2014). She also 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 next year: Pictures of the Mind. Surrealist Photography and Film (Peter Lang, 2017). 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 five volumes in the series, four of which she prefaced, annotated and commented, came out in September 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015 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).
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2017 - RSE Research Network Award £19,402.10
2016 - GKE Fund grant £4051
2014 - Sovereign Holding Trust Research Grant €40,000 to the Lev Shestov Society
Carnegie Small Research Grant £1000
SMLC Strategic Research Fund Award £500 (organising KE event in Paris)
2014 - SMLC Strategic Research Fund Award £126 (film-philosophy conference participation)
2012 – Conseil National du Livre (CNL) award of €2,000 to the Lev Shestov Society
2012 – SMLC Strategic Research Fund Award £700 (translation and copyediting of Ashgate volume)
2010/11 – Strategic Research Fund Award £350 (research trip to Paris)
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)
2009 – Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund Award for conference participation £200
2009 – SMLC Strategic Research Fund Award for participation in Salon de la revue £150
2008 – SMLC Research Support Fund Award £500 (research trip to New York)
2008 – British Academy Travel Grant for conference participation £200 (Fondation des Treilles)
Faculty of Arts Strategic Research Fund Award for conference organisation £300 (Fondation des Treilles)
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
2007 – Chancellor’s Fund Award £2,200
2005/06 - AHRC Study Leave Award £14,013
1997 – The British Academy Small Research Grant £3,109
Graduate Research Supervision
Dr Fotiade has supervised 10 PhD theses (6 of which have already been successfully defended) on topics related to French philosophy, cinema and literature. She has also supervised 3 MPhil dissertations on Twentieth-Century literature and ideology. She has experience supervising students from France, the UK, and she would welcome applications from prospective doctoral students on topics related to her research interests.
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on Maurice Blanchot, philosophy and international relations.
2016 - present
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on Lev Shestov and continental philosophy and literature.
2014 - present
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on contemporary French film and philosophy.
2014 - present
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on the absurd in the work of Camus, Ionesco and Pirandello.
2010 - 2014
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on French Cinema (Claire Denis & intertextuality) - successfully defended in July 2014.
2010 - present
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on the word/image interaction and the question of inadaptability
2008 - 2013
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on the first reception of Dostoevsky’s work in France (successfully defended in May 2013).
2010 - 2011
Joint supervisor of a MPhil thesis on Benjamin Fondane’s work (successfully defended in October 2011).
2008 - 2010
Joint supervisor of a PhD thesis on French and Italian feminist writers (successfully defended in October 2010).
1999 - 2005
Joint supervisor a PhD thesis on contemporary French banlieue & gay cinema (successfully defended in 2005).
1997 - 2000
Supervisor of a PhD thesis on Sartre and Ionesco’s conceptions of the theatre (successfully defended in 2000).
1996 - 1999
Supervisor of a MPhil thesis on André Breton and Paul Auster (successfully defended in 1999).
Honours Options: Existentialism - Atheism, Reason and Faith (with TRS), Modern French Thought, French Cinema, French Women's Writing, European and Latin-American Cinema (SMLC course), The Twentieth-Century French Novel.
Honours: JH Language Tutor
Level 3: Convener & Tutor
Level 2: Gender & Performance lectures and seminars (French)
Level 1: Surrealism lectures and seminars (French)
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
- nr. 13-14 Autumn 2014 (special issue Chestov - Kierkegaard), 87pp
- nr. 15 Autumn 2015 (special issue Chestov - Nietzsche), 98pp
For further information visit the Shestov Studies Society website
since 2012 - Member of the Gifford Lectures Committee; organiser of the Gifford Lectures in 2014 (guest speaker: Jean-Luc Marion)
since 1999 – 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.
Co-organiser of an international conference with the Forum for European Philosophy – The Crisis of Self-Consciousness. Consciousness and Language, October 1999.