Prof. Ewa Mazierska

Professor of Contemporary Cinema

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Livesey House, LH110

+44 (0) 1772 89 3025

Subject Areas: Film and Media

Ewa was born and educated in Poland. In 1987, she finished her graduate education at Warsaw University, where she received a master’s degree in philosophy. In 1995, she received a PhD from Łódź University in film studies. She was working in Poland as a lecturer in sociology and film journalist. In 1995, she relocated to Britain but retained close links in Poland, where she publishes regularly. In 1997, she started working full-time in British academia at UCLan and became a Professor in 2008.

Ewa is research active within the area of journalism, media theory and practice and is a member of the Film, Media and Culture research group.

Full Profile

Ewa has published widely on various aspects of European and world cinemas from perspectives such as gender, representation of cities and travel and political and cultural history. In total, she has published over twenty monographs and edited collections and numerous scholarly articles, published in film journals and those of other disciplines, such as 'Tourist Studies' and 'Science Fiction Studies'. She is also conducting research on popular music. Her current project concerns electronic music in Austria, from 1990 to the present.

Her recent books are 'Falco and Beyond: Neo Nothing Post of All' (Equinox, 2013), 'Marx at the Movies: Revisiting History, Theory and Practice' (edited with Lars Kristensen, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and 'From Self-Fulfilment to Survival of the Fittest: Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present' (Berghahn, 2015). Her other books include 'Polish Cinema in a Transnational Context' (edited with Michael Goddard, Rochester Press, 2014), 'Work in Cinema: Labor and the Human Condition' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 'Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema: Portraying Neighbours On-Screen' (edited with Lars Kristensen and Eva Naripea, I. B. Tauris, 2014), 'European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory and Politics' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), 'Nabokov's Cinematic Afterlife' (McFarland, 2011), 'Jerzy Skolimowski: The Cinema of a Nonconformist' (Berghahn, 2010), 'Masculinities in Polish, Czech and Slovak Cinema' (Berghahn, 2008), 'Roman Polanski: The Cinema of a Cultural Traveller' (I.B. Tauris, 2007), with Elżbieta Ostrowska, 'Women in Polish Cinema' (Berghahn, 2006) and with Laura Rascaroli, 'Crossing New Europe: The European Road Movie' (Wallflower Press, 2006), 'Dreams and Diaries: The Cinema of Nanni Moretti' (Wallflower Press, 2004) and 'From Moscow to Madrid: Postmodern Cities, European Cinema' (I.B. Tauris, 2003). Her work was translated into almost twenty languages, including French, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Serbian, Estonian and Korean.

Film serves her as a tool for exploring unknown histories and cultures, therefore she employs versatile methods and approaches, drawing on disciplines such as economy, tourist studies, sociology and history. She is especially interested in cross-cultural phenomena, such as the work of émigré directors, road cinema, heterotopian films and adaptations of the prose of Vladimir Nabokov.

She is principal editor of the journal 'Studies of Eastern European Cinema', published by Routledge, and on the editorial boards of several journals. She received grants from the Leverhulme Trust and AHRC, as well as from the Polish Film Institute and Polish History Museum. She has guest lectured in many countries and was invited to numerous film festivals. In 2010 she curated a retrospective of Jean-Luc Godard’s film at the ENH Festival in Wroclaw, one of the largest retrospectives of Godard cinema ever presented.


Articles (selection)

'Framing a Terrorist: The Politics of Representation in Ici et ailleurs, Four Lions and Essential Killing', 'Framework', vol. 55, No 1, 2014, pp. 102-20.

'Gender Discourse in Eastern European SF Cinema' (with Eva Naripea), 'Science Fiction Studies', vol. 41, No 1, 2014 pp. 163-80.

‘Retelling Polish history through the „soft avant-garde" films of the 1960s’, 'Framework', vol. 53, No 1, 2012, pp. 22-39.

‘Searching for alternatives: The evolution of the motif of work in Jean-Luc Godard’s cinema in the years 1972-1982’, 'Studies in European Cinema', vol. 7, No 3, 2010, pp. 209-220.

‘Escape into a different person, escape into a different reality: Despair by Vladimir Nabokov and Rainder Werner Fassbinder’, 'Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance', vol 3, No 1, 2010, pp. 29-42.

‘Postcommunist Estonian cinema as transnational cinema’, 'Kinokultura', Special Issue 10 (Estonian Cinema), 2010 (online journal).

‘Eastern European cinema: old and new approaches’, 'Studies in Eastern European Cinema', vol. 1, No 1, 2010, pp. 5-16.

More publications

Current Research and Supervision

Contemporary European cinema, including cinemas of Eastern Europe and British cinema, representation of cities and travel in film, gender, science-fiction cinema, transnational cinema, Marxism and film.

Current Projects

  • Representation of social class and work in Polish cinema 
  • Austrian electronic music 
  • Marxism and the moving image


European cinema, including cinemas of Eastern Europe and British cinema, stars and genres, cinema and postmodernism.

External Affiliations

  • Guest editing of special issues of academic journals
  • 'Framework', Dossier: Marking Political Cinema, vol. 55, No 1, 2014.
  • 'Framework', Dossier: Working Life Now and Then, vol. 53, No 1, 2012.
  • 'Kinokultura' (with Eva Naripea and Mari Laaniste), special issue on Estonian Cinema, 2010
  • 'Tourist Studies' (with John Walton), special issue devoted to tourism and the moving image, vol. 6, No 1, 2006.
  • 'Kwartalnik Filmowy', special issue devoted to British cinema, No 52, 2005.
  • 'Film na świecie', special issue about Eric Rohmer, No 403, 2002.

External Activities

Editorial boards

  • 'Studies in Eastern European Cinema' (Principal Editor)
  • 'Frames'
  • 'Alphaville'
  • 'Baltic Screen Media Review'
  • 'Kwartalnik Filmowy'
  • 'Studia Pedagogiczno-Artystyczne'
  • 'Panoptikum'

Editorial advice to publishers Palgrave Macmillan, Berghahn, Edinburgh University Press, Intellect, Pluto, Routledge and Amsterdam University Press (editor of the series Eastern European Screen Cultures) and journals 'Screen', 'New Cinemas', 'Slavic Review', 'Studies in European Cinema', 'Mortality', 'Adaptation', 'Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television', 'Tourist Studies', 'Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change',' Feminist Media Studies' and 'Women's Studies International Forum'.

External Examiner for a film programme at the University of Leicester and Manchester Metropolitan University.