Dr Chiara Quaranta

Teaching Fellow in Film Studies

  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

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40 George Square

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Dr Chiara Quaranta is Teaching Fellow in Film Studies at the University  of Edinburgh and an editorial board member of the journal Film-Philosophy. She has previously taught film courses at the Universities of Edinburgh, Stirling and Dundee. 


PhD in Film Studies (University of Edinburgh, 2019)

MA (Università degli Studi Roma Tre, 2014)

Master Certificate (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, 2011)

BA (Università degli Studi Roma Tre, 2010)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Editorial board member of Film-Philosophy

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of BAFTSS – British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies

Undergraduate teaching

Introduction to European Cinema

Gender and Visual Representation



Global Cinema

Global Film as/& Philosophy

Classic European Cinema

Post-War European Cinema

Reading the Screen


Postgraduate teaching

Film Theory

Sound and Cinema (course organiser)


Global Women Filmmakers (course organiser)

Film Adaptation

Cinema Auteurs 

Research Methods in Film Studies





Research summary

  • Film-philosophy
  • Iconoclasm/Image destruction and film
  • The voice in cinema
  • European cinema
  • Sound and film
  • Film Moods
  • Boredom and/in Cinema
  • Gender and cinema
  • Cinematic ethics
  • Film and religion
  • Art house film
  • Film aesthetics

Papers delivered

"'Don't Tell Mama': Empathic Unsettlement and the Body as Living Archive in Sharp Objects," NECS Conference, University of Oslo, 13-17 June 2023. 

"Echo and Narcissus: Listening to Film as Being-with", BAFTSS Conference, University of Lincoln, 3-5 April 2023.

“Iconoclastic Gestures: Image-Destruction and Ethical Imagination in the Cinema.” SineFilozofi, International Symposium on Cinema and Philosophy V, Ankara, 9-11 December 2022.

“Desiring Bodies: Céline Sciamma's Sensuous Cinema.” BAFTSS Conference, University of Southampton, 7-9 April 2021.

Interview (September 30, 2020). Interview on Ray Harryhausen, documentary report. BBC Scotland [C. Bobyn, interviewer].

“Icons and Idols: Philosophical Iconoclasm in the Cinema.” Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Brighton, 9-11 July 2019.

“A Blind Tale in a Visual Medium: João César Monteiro’s Anti-Mimetic Snow White.” NECS –European Network for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, University of Gdańsk, 13-15 June 2019.

“Cinematic Images: Audio-Visual Flux or Relational Entities?” Film-Philosophy Conference, University of Gothenburg, 3-5 July 2018.

“Cinematic Iconoclasm, or the End of the Filmic World (as We Know It).” Franco-Scottish Doctoral Seminar with Antoine de Beacque, French Institute Edinburgh, 1 December 2017.

“The Image between Iconoclasm and Iconophilia: From Plato to Cinema.” The 8th International Conference on the Image, Venice International University, 31 October-1 November 2017.

“Profound Boredom as Aesthetic Category: Isidore Isou’s Traité de bave et d’éternité.” Film-Philosophy Conference, Lancaster University, 4-6 July 2017.

“Cinematic Iconoclasm in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours: Blue.” Doctoral Seminar, The University of Edinburgh, 1 March 2017.


Iconoclasm in European Cinema: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Image Destruction. (2023, Edinburgh University Press) https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-iconoclasm-in-european-cinema.html



"In the Mood for Heideggerian Boredom? Film Viewership as Being-in-the-world." Film-Philosophy [Special Issue: Heidegger and the Phenomenology of Film], Volume 28, Issue 1 (February 2024), pp. 31-46. DOI: https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/film.2024.0253


“Confirmations that Were not Meant to Be: Religion, Violence and the Female Body in Love Like Poison, Heavenly Body and Stations of the Cross,” co-authored with Silvia Angeli, Studies in European Cinema, (online May 2021); Volume 20, Issue 1 (March 2023), pp. 20-35. DOI: https://www.tandfonline.com/.../10.../17411548.2021.1921931


“A Cinema of Boredom: Heidegger, Cinematic Time and Spectatorship,” Film-Philosophy, Volume 24, Issue 1 (February 2020), pp. 1-21. DOI: https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/film.2020.0126


Book Review

“Nathan Andersen (2014) Shadow Philosophy: Plato’s Cave and Cinema,” Film-Philosophy, Volume 22, Issue 2 (June 2018), pp. 317-320. DOI: https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/full/10.3366/film.2018.0082