- University of Stirling
- Media and Communications
|Work history||- AHRC funded research student 2015-2018|
|Study history||PhD Film Studies 2015-2018, University of Stirling
MRes Film and Visual Culture 2014-2015, Bangor University
BA (Hons) Film Studies 2011-2015, Bangor University
Transnational Nordic film culture and minority politics
This project provides a focused analysis on two significant topics in the field of film studies, namely the subject of minorities and the under-researched area of Nordic cinema. By combining these two topics, I frame each film text in an ideological context, drawing on the identity politics of multiculturalism in the Nordic welfare states. Over the last few decades, the Nordic countries have witnessed an unprecedented rise in extreme right-wing activity and xenophobic nationalism. Much of the rhetoric driving these movements takes aim at multiculturalism and the politics of immigration. These developments clash with the seemingly prosperous images of the contemporary Nordic welfare states. Throughout the history of Nordic welfare politics, these five nations have prided themselves on a shared vision of equality and cooperation between the state and its citizens. This collective vision has been tested, especially in the wake of the 2015 refugee crisis, which has provoked hostility towards those seeking asylum across the region. As these ideologies have clashed, the work of accomplished first and second generation immigrant directors such as Josef Fares, Reza Parsa, Tarik Saleh and Reza Bagher remains largely unexplored, especially in the context of these pressing political issues. In addressing the political scope of these films, I explore and challenge the concepts of ‘Nordic egalitarianism’ and ‘exceptionalism’ relating to the treatment of minorities in contemporary Nordic societies, using cinema to bring wider political, economic and ideological matters into focus.