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Dr Maryam Ghorbankarimi

Lecturer in Film Practice

Maryam Ghorbankarimi

The LICA Building



Tel: +44 1524 594677

Research overview

My research interests include gender and representation in film both on and off screen, film adaptation, transnational cinemas with a focus on Iran and other Middle Eastern cinemas, and film industries and practices in general. 

PhD supervision

I am happy to discuss PhD proposals on any aspect of transnational cinemas and Middle Eastern Cinemas as well as gender and representation in film and TV. I am also interested to receive creative and practice based PhD proposals intersecting practice with any of the above topics.


Maryam Ghorbankarimi is a filmmaker and film scholar. She has completed her PhD in film studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 and her dissertation was published as a book entitled A Colourful Presence; The Evolution of Women’s Representation in Iranian Cinema (2015). Her current research is on transnational cinemas and cultures, specifically the representation of gender and sexuality in Iranian cinema. He forthcoming edited volume on seminal Iranian female filmmaker Rakhshan Banietemad, ReFocus: The Works of Rakhshan Banietemad (2021) will be published in spring 2021 (Edinburgh University Press). 

Maryam is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has developed some new practice based modules in film at Lancaster University.



I currently convene and teach the second-year options: Documentary Practice (LICA257) and Short Film Production (LICA259), the third-year option: Experimental Cinema: Theory and Practice (LICA 359)

I also contribute lectures on the 1st-year Film Studies core module, Introduction to Film Studies (LICA150), on the 2nd-year core Film Studies module, Hollywood and Beyond: Global Cinema (LICA251) and I supervise a number of undergraduate dissertations. 


I am the course leader of MA in Film Studies. 

I convene the core MA modules LICA441: Transnanational Cinemas and LICA442: Major Research Project: Film Dissertation.

I am currently co-supervising the following PhD projects:

  • Areej Alghamdi, Saudi Women's Incorporeal Heritage, practice-based
  • Ian Hunt, Cinema and memory, practice-based
  • Tom Carter, Trancultural screenwriting, practice-based
  • Kingsley Akam, Women filmmakers in Nollywood Cinema




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