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Diana Popa

Diana Popa
Dr Diana Popa
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
3.22 18 Buccleuch Place Edinburgh UK EH8 9LN

Diana is a postdoctoral research fellow working on the ERC-funded project entitled "Illuminating the ‘Grey Zone’: Addressing Complex Complicity in Human Rights Violations." As part of this project, she explores the relation between cinema and totalitarianism in Romania (1945-1989).  Diana received her PhD in Film Studies from the University of St Andrews (2018). Her main research interests lie in the relation between films and social contexts, film style and aesthetics, European cinema, in particular Romanian and Hungarian contemporary cinemas (both arthouse and popular productions), and Slow Cinema.


2018 PhD Film Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK

2005 MA Gender Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

2004 MA Irish Studies, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Journal Articles

Online first article: “Narrating the past: Cultural memory and Romanian identity in Aferim!,” Journal of European Studies (2018)

“Rattling the Cage – Family Relations in Adrian Sitaru’s The Cage,” Short Film Studies 3:1 (2012), pp. 97-100 

“Probing the body - Political and Medical (Empty) Authority in the New Romanian Cinema,” Acta Universitatis SapientiaeFilm and Media Studies, 4 (2011) pp. 115−129 

Book Reviews

Review of Slow Movies. Countering the Cinema of Action by Ira Jaffe, Frames Cinema Journal, December 2015

Review of Popular Cinemas in East Central Europe edited by Dorota Ostrowska, Francesco Pitassio and Zsuzsanna Varga, Frames Cinema Journal, forthcoming. 

Review of Not According to Plan. Filmmaking under Stalinby Maria Belodubrovskaya, Studies in Eastern European Cinema, forthcoming.