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Jeremi Szaniawski

Associate Professor, Comparative Literature, Amesbury Professor of Polish language and culture -- Polish cinema, Belgian cinema, Auteur and auteur legacy studies, Film and Philosophy, Screenwriting

Jeremi Szaniawski

A native of Brussels, Belgium, Jeremi Szaniawski's research and teaching interests include Polish and Russian cinema and literature, Belgian cinema, contemporary auteur film theory and philosophy, women filmmakers, the legacy of Stanley Kubrick (as well as the reception of Kubrick's films in Poland), Marxist theory, and screenwriting.

At UMass Amherst, as the Amesbury chair, Jeremi—a native speaker of Polish and French—will be also in charge of teaching Polish and promoting Polish culture across the five colleges.

Before joining the Department of Comparative Literature at UMass Amherst, Jeremi held appointments at the Korean National University of the Arts (Seoul, South Korea), Massey University (Wellington, New Zealand), Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey), Emerson College European Campus (Well, the Netherlands) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Brussels, Belgium).

He is the author of The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov: Figures of Paradox (Wallflower/Columbia, 2014), and editor of Directory of World Cinema: Belgium (with Marcelline Block, Intellect/Chicago, 2014), The Global Auteur: the Politic of Authorship in 21st Century Cinema (with Seung-hoon Jeong, Bloomsbury, 2016), On Women's Films Across Worlds and Generations (with Ivone Margulies, Bloomsbury, 2019) as well as of the forthcoming After Kubrick: a Filmmaker's Legacy (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Fredric Jameson and Film Theory: Space, Representation and Allegory in a Globalizing Age (with Keith Wagner, Rutgers UP, 2020). His current research includes a monograph on contemporary Polish cinema and a short book in French on the representations of mud in world cinema, L'attrait de la boue (Yellow Now, 2020).

He has translated many film studies articles and book chapters as well as three books into French: Film Theory: an Introduction Through the Senses by Thomas Elsaesser and Malte Hagener (Le cinéma et les sens, PUR 2011), В центре океана [V Tsentre Okeana ] by Alexander Sokurov (Au coeur de l'océan, L'Age d'Homme 2015), and Contemporary Romanian Cinema: the History of an Unexpected Miracle by Dominique Nasta (forthcoming, 2020).

A consultant for the European Union's MEDIA Program as well as a script doctor and award-winning writer/director of short films, he has also programmed many film and lecture series while at Yale (with the Cinema at the Whitney and the Yale Slavic Film Colloquium) and at the Royal Film Archive in Brussels (Cinematek).

He is editor of Studies in World Cinema (Brill, 2020), alongside Anna Grgic, Olivia Khoo and Savaş Arslan.


BA (2002) and MA (2004), Université Libre de Bruxelles, PhD (2012), Yale University