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Professor William Higbee

Research supervision

Dr Will Higbee welcomes enquiries about postgraduate supervision (MRes, MPhil, PhD) across a range of areas in Film Studies and French Studies, including research by (film) practice.

Specific areas of research interest include:

  • Contemporary French cinema
  • North African and West African cinemas
  • Immigrant cinema in France and Europe
  • Post-colonial cultures in France
  • Diasporic or accented cinemas
  • Theorising national, transnational and regional cinema
  • Research based (film) practice

Research students

Postgraduate Supervision since 2003

  1. PhD ‘Representations of the Harkis in contemporary French culture', Nina Sutherland, 2003-06. Awarded in 2006, minor corrections.
  2. PhD thesis (film practice) 'Rhizomes
New Approaches 
Documentary’, Dave Shaerf, 2005-10. Awarded in 2011, minor corrections. 

  3. PhD (film practice) ‘Towards participatory documentary practice', Curtis Wilkinson, 2006-11. Awarded in 2011, minor corrections.
  4. PhD 'Transnational cinema and film genre', Lucyann Kerry, 2007-2012. Awarded in 2012, minor corrections.
  5. PhD (film practice) 'Film genre and the "mental space" of the screenwriter', Jule Selbo, 2008-11. Awarded 2011, minor corrections.
  6. PhD (film practice) 'Digital Fluidity', Ben Sherriff (AHRC studentship), 2009-13. Awarded 2013, minor corrections.
  7. PhD, ‘A cinema in relation: Belgian Francophone cinema and the regional transnational’, Jamie Steele, 2010-13. Awarded 2014, minor corrections.
  8. PhD 'Accent, soundtrack and heteroglossia in the cinema of Tony Gatlif', Tamsin Graves, 2010-present.
  9. PhD, (film practice) ‘Cinematography: The dynamics of authorship’, (LFS/Exeter studentship) Pierre-Alain Giraud, 2011-present.
  10. PhD (film practice), ‘Surrealism as attitude in film practice’, Michaela Morning (AHRC-studentship), 2011-present.
  11. PhD, (film practice) ‘Directing: exilic and accented cinema’, (LFS/Exeter studentship), Sam Taleifard, 2012-present.
  12. MPhil, ‘Cinema, Migration and New Europe’, Sevastiana Angastopoulou, submitted September 2015 (viva passed: award pending minor corrections).
  13. PhD (film practice), ‘Identity, race, representation: new documentary form in South African cinema’ (LFS/Exeter studentship), Teddy Mattera, 2014-present.
  14. PhD (film practice), ‘ The producer as creative force’, (LFS/Exeter studentship), Anna Sowa, September 2015- present