Dr David Sorfa (MA, PhD)

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies | LLC Postgraduate Research Director | Programme Director of MSc & PhD in Film Studies

Background

Dr David Sorfa is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University  of Edinburgh and Programme Director of the MSc and PhD in Film Studies.  He is editor-in-chief of the journal Film-Philosophy. He has written  on Michael Haneke, Czech film, surrealism, belief in cinema and the  philosophical implications of point-of-view. He has particular interests in film-philosophy, Existentialism, phenomenology, the work of Jacques Derrida and the presentation of thought and thinking in cinema. 

He was previously Head of Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University.

Qualifications

PhD (University of Kent)

MA (University of Cape Town)

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • LLC Postgraduate Research Director 
  • Programme Director, MSc & PhD Film Studies
  • Editor-in-Chief, Film-Philosophy
  • Member of the Edinburgh University Press Committee 
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Previous

Member of the Board Trustees of the Africa in Motion Film Festival (2015 - 2019)

Undergraduate teaching

Previous:

  • Film Criticism and Analysis

Postgraduate teaching

  • Film Theory
  • Film-Philosophy
  • Film and Existentialism
  • Research Methods in Film Studies

Previous:

  • Film Adaptation
  • Cinema Auteurs
  • Comparative Literature (2 seminars on Jacques Derrida)

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?

No

Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome PhD applications in the areas of film-philosophy, film theory and cinematic aesthetics. I am also interested in projects related to European and classical Hollywood cinema.

Current PhD students supervised

  • Structuralism and the Western
  • Mental States in Horror Film
  • Fiction and Reality in Cinema
  • H. P.  Lovecraft and Postliterary Adaptation
  • Film Poetics and Chinese Aesthetic Theory
  • Irene Dunne, Catholicism and Classical Hollywood Cinema
  • The Queer Monster in Cult Cinema
  • Nostalgia in Contemporary American Television
  • Homosexuality in Spy Literature, Film and Television

Second Supervisor

  • Politics and Turkish Cinema - with Dr Nacim Pak-Shiraz
  • Film Festivals in Chile - with Dr Charlotte Gleghorn
  • Antonin Artaud, Francis Bacon and Vincent van Gogh (Liverpool John Moores University) - with Professor Colin Fallows

Past PhD students supervised

Research summary

  • Film-philosophy and theory
  • Czech, European and classical Hollywood cinema
  • Art house film
  • Post-structuralism and phenomenology
  • Existentialism
  • Subjectivity in cinema
  • Genre, especially the Detective film, the Western and Romantic Comedy
  • Surrealism
  • Film Adaptation

Research activities

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  • 2016 - 2020: MA Film Studies, King's College London
  • 2016 - 2020: BA Film Studies and English, MLitt Film Studies, University of Dundee
  • 2010 - 2014: BA Film, Falmouth University
  • 2010 - 2014: BA Film, University of the West of England, Bristol
  • 2008 - 2012: MA Screening Europe, University of Swansea