Professor Sally Faulkner

Associate Dean for International Development, Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies


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Telephone: 01392 723408


I am a specialist in European cinema, especially Spanish and, more recently, Portuguese film. I am fascinated by cinema's interconnections with literature, especially the novel, by its interconnections with politics, especially resistant filmmaking (both art and popular) under authoritarianism, and by its interconnections with history, especially in nostalgia and heritage films. Underpinning these concerns lies my interest in social mobility and its manifestation in culture, especially middlebrow cinema and television. In 2005 I held an Arts and Humanities Research Board Research Leave Scheme award and a Spanish Foreign Office research grant (BECAS MAE), and in 2011 I held an Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship. From 2014-17 I held the Philip Leverhulme Prize , which I was awarded in 2013 for distinction in the field of Modern Languages and Literatures. I have held a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London (2014-15) and a Visting Professorship at Carlos III University, Madrid (2017).

Modern Languages at Exeter 

I am Founder- Director of the College of Humanities Centre for Translating Cultures , which holds fortnightly seminars and regular workshops and symposia. The Centre brings together work on cultural transfer (broadly understood) across the University. From 2012-14 I was Director of Research for Modern Languages, overseeing the Department's REF2014 submission, and from 2016-18, Head of the Department of Modern Languages. I am currently Associate Dean for International and Development in the College of Humanities.

Contribution to the Discipline

I am a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Advisory Board for Modern Languages and sit on the Editorial Boards of Legenda, UK, and of GeNueve Ediciones, Spain. I have previously held membership of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, and of the Executive Committee of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland.

I have served as external examiner in the Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Bristol (2011-14) and in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, University of Cambridge (2014-17). 

Conference Organization

In January 2016 I co-organized, with Dr Mariana Liz (Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon) 'Portuguese Film: Colony; Postcolony; Memory' at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, at which we hosted as special guest the director Margarida Cardoso. A recording of the Q and A I co-chaired with the director is available at this link.

In April 2015 I co-organized, with Dr Jonathan Bradbury and Dr Katharine Murphy (University of Exeter), the 60th Anniversary Conference of the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland at the University of Exeter. 

I also co-organized, with Dr Maria Thomas (University of Exeter) the 'Iberian Transitions' workshop in the Centre for Translating Cultures, University of Exeter in July 2014.

I organized the 'Middlebrow Cinema' symposium, University of Exeter, in July 2012.

Selected Speaking Engagements

From 2000 I have spoken on over 30 occasions as key-note speaker, invited speaker or conference participant at events in Britain, Ireland, Spain, Belgium and Germany. Selected speaking engagements include:

Invited speaker: 'Middlebrow Spanish Cinema: Working across Languages, Cultures and Disciplines,' 'Our Uncommon Ground' International Conference, University of Durham, April 2018.

Plenary lecture: 'Reclaiming, Remapping and Repositioning: Middlebrow Cinema and the case of Almodóvar', B-Film, Screening and Book Launch, Middlebrow Cinema, University of Birmingham, November 2017.

Invited seminar speaker, 'Introducing the Middlebrow in Film Studies', Workshop, 'Art History and the Middlebrow', Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London, March 2017.

Key-note lecture, ‘Una aproximación al cine de la Transición’, at the ‘Democracia de ayer a hoy en España’ Conference, X Simposio de Historia Actual, organized by the Instituto de Estudios Riojanos, the University of La Rioja, the Asociación de Historia Actual and the Asociación de Historia Contemporánea, Ibercaja, Logroño, Spain, October 2015.

Seminar speaker with Dr Ana Martins (University of Exeter) 'Intermedial Dialogue in The Murmuring Coast / A Costa dos Murmúrios (Lídia Jorge 1988 and Margarida Cardoso 2004): Photography; Novel; Film', Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, May 2015.

Invited seminar speaker 'Un cine a medio camino entre el cine de arte y el cine popular, o, los problemas y las ventajas de traducir "middlebrow" al contexto del cine español: Presentación del libro A History of Spanish Film', Carlos III University, Madrid, November 2014.

Invited seminar speaker, 'La caza y la larga transición española: memoria; paisaje; género', Coloquio Internacional / Internationale Tagung 'Estéticas intermediales de Carlos Saura', University of Regensburg, October 2013.

Key-note lecture, 'Galdós and Spanish Cinema', The Annual Pérez Galdós Lecture, University of Sheffield / Spanish Embassy, November 2011.

Public lecture, 'New Spanish Cinema', 'Spain (Un)censored' Film Season, British Film Institute, London, January 2008.

Public lecture, 'Cinema, Literature, History: Literary Adaptations in 1980s Spanish Cinema', Canning House (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Council), London, November 2002.