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Prof Rosalind Galt

Professor Rosalind Galt

Rosalind-Galt-2Professor in Film Studies

Head of Department

Tel 020 7848 7560
Film Studies Department
King's College London
449N Norfolk Building
Strand Campus



Rosalind Galt was educated in Scotland and the United States. She holds a PhD in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University (2002), and an MA (Hons) in Film and Television Studies and English Literature from the University of Glasgow (1993).

Before joining King’s in 2013, she was Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sussex and Assistant Professor of Film Studies and International Studies at the University of Iowa.

From 2012-2013 she was co-investigator of an AHRC Research Network on Global Queer Cinema. 

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • World cinema post-1945
  • Queer cinemas
  • Film theory, especially issues of aesthetics and politics
  • Comparative European cinemas
  • Cultures of economic crisis

Rosalind Galt’s research is situated at the intersection of film theories and histories, locating European and world cinemas within debates on visuality and aesthetics, modernity and globality, sexuality and the politics of the image. Her most recent book Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image (Columbia UP, 2011) argues that film cultures have denigrated ‘pretty’ images and, reading diverse filmmakers such as Baz Luhrmann, Wong Kar-wai and Ulrike Ottinger, it makes a case for the value of decorative style. Pretty locates a history of the decorative in aesthetic theories from Plato to Kant and Loos and teases out their influence on film theories from classical accounts of cinematic vitalism to contemporary philosophies of the image.

Rosalind welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests. 

Selected Publications
  • Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image (New York: Columbia University Press: 2011)
  • Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories, co-edited with Karl Schoonover (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006)
  • “Claire Denis and the World Cinema of Refusal,” SubStance (forthcoming December 2013)
  • “Default cinema: Queering economic crisis in Argentina and beyond,” Screen 54/1 (Spring 2013)

Rosalind Galt has taught in a wide range of areas including modules in film theory, european cinema, world cinema, queer cinema, experimental film, realism and the cinematic image, and feminist film theory.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Rosalind Galt has co-organised public events at the BFI, London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, and CineCity: Brighton Film Festival, has served on the jury of the Mediterranean Film Festival in Croatia, and has programmed a film series that screened at the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA and Anthology Film Archives in New York.

She is on the editorial boards of Cinema Journal, Transnational Cinemas and REFRAME, and the advisory board of World Picture.

She has peer reviewed for the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the Humanities Research Council of Canada, and for scholarly publishers including Duke, Indiana, Liverpool, and Texas University Presses, Routledge, Wiley Blackwell and Bedford St Martin Press.

She serves on the Professional Development committee of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. 

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