Malgorzata Bugaj is from Gdansk, Poland and studied at the University of Gdansk before completing her PhD in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She currently teaches Film, Media and Contemporary Cultures at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in European, and particularly, Eastern European film. Her broader research interests revolve around avant-garde cinema, the representations of senses in film (an upcoming book chapter on the representations of smell in cinema), as well as the intersections of film and other media (here publications on such directors as Andrzej Wajda, Alexander Sokurov, or Peter Strickland, and videos artists such as Douglas Gordon and Christian Marclay). Malgorzata is currently preparing two short courses for the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Open Learning: “Cinema and the Five Senses”, and “The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski”. She is also a co-founder of KinoKlub, a film collective showcasing rare surreal masterpieces from all over the world in unusual locations and immersive projections.
Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Maryam Ghorbankarimi moved to Canada in 2001 to continue her education in film at Toronto's Ryerson University. She completed her PhD in film studies at the University of Edinburgh in November 2012, her dissertation was entitled “A Colourful Presence; An Analysis of the Evolution in the Representation of Women in Iranian Cinema since the 1990”. As well as a scholar Maryam is a filmmaker and have made some award winning short films in both formats of short documentary and fiction. These works have been shown in a number of international festivals, namely: Montreal International Film Festival, Beijing International Short Film Festival, and Tehran International Short Film Festival. She is also a film editor and recently edited an Iranian-Canadian feature length film entitled “The Desert Fish”. Her wider research interests include the concept of third cinema and different national cinemas and transnational cinemas and cultures. Her current research is mostly on world cinema subjects, with a focus on Middle Eastern cinema specifically.
Pasquale is a Film Academic and Critic, and works at the University of Edinburgh, teaching Open Studies courses such as Childhood and the Cinema, Italian Cinema and The Art and Practice of the Video Essay.
He is currently working on a volume on Jean-Pierre Melville's 'L'armée des ombres' for BFI/Palgrave, and upcoming publications include chapters on Luchino Visconti's 'Conversation Piece' (Routledge), sound/music in Hitchcock (Manchester University Press) and Pietro Germi and the Italo-Western (Edinburgh University Press). Pasquale is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound, Senses of Cinema, to BBC Radio 4's 'The Film Programme' and BBC Radio Scotland's 'The Culture Studio'.He has also curated several film seasons for Filmhouse (Edinburgh), Glasgow Film Theatre and BFI Southbank, including seasons on Jean Renoir, Luis Bunuel and Bob Dylan.
Roger gained an MA in Film Studies from the University of Newcastle in 1996. He has not only taught in secondary and higher education since then, but has also run courses at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle for more than 20 years. Roger’s main interests are the cinemas of Europe and East Asia.
Martin Parker, who is a composer, improviser and sound artist, is programme director of the MSc Sound Design at the University of Edinburgh, artistic director of Dialogues Music Festival and a member of improvisation ensembles Lapslap and Edimpro. Martin’s compositions have been performed by some of the world’s finest experimental performers, including Joby Burgess, Phil Minton, Anne La Berge, Peter Furniss, The Athelas Sinfonietta and New Noise London. He has made collaborative work with Evan Parker, Theatre Cryptic, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Music at the Brewhouse and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and his sound installations have been presented in places as diverse as the Klangturm, Austria and in the National Trust For Scotland’s abandoned library at Newhailes.
Martine Pierquin studied cinema history in Paris and European film studies at the University of Edinburgh, where she teaches general film studies, French cinema and the UALL award-nominee course “An Insight into EIFF”, in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival. She has published on film director Jean Eustache and has contributed lectures and film introductions to the French Film Festival UK for many years. She was involved in piloting “Understanding Cinema”, the Edinburgh Filmhouse’s five- year running film-making programme for young people, in collaboration with the British Film Institute and the Cinemathèque Française in Paris. Her current research is on film education and lifelong learning.