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Professor William Higbee

Professor in Film Studies and Programme Link Manager for the London Film School Partnership


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Telephone: 01392 724216

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Will Higbee studied as an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham (BA French) and the University of  Exeter (PhD in French Cinema). He was appointed to a lectureship at Exeter in 2002. His research focuses primarily on French and Francophone cinema, with a particular emphasis on immigrant and post-colonial cinema in France and the cinemas of the Maghreb. His research is also concerned with broader issues of national, transnational and diasporic cinema. He has published widely in these areas and has been invited to participate in film festivals and symposia in France, the USA and North Africa. From 2006-14 he was an editor of the international peer-reviewed journal, Studies in French Cinema and now sits on the advisory board for the journal. 

His most recent monograph, Post-Beur Cinema was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2013. He is the PI for an international research project on Transnational Moroccan Cinema that is funded by the AHRC and runs from December 2015 - December 2018.

He teaches on a range of film history and theory modules across the College of Humanities, contributing to the film programme in the Department of English and offering specialist cinema modules in the Department of Modern Languages.

He has successfully supervised (as first supervisor) seven PhD students to completion to date across a range of topics in history, theory and practice.  His experience supervising PhD film practice students has led him to take a central role in the College’s partnership with the London Film School. He is currently the Academic Co-ordinator of the Exeter/LFS PhD film practice programme and the co-director of the new MA in International Film Business, a collaborative MA taught between the College of Humanities, London Film School and the Exeter Business School.