Contributors' Details

Lars Kristensen (editor) is Lecturer in Media, Aesthetics and Narration at the University of Skövde, Sweden, where he teaches moving image theory to game developers. His research focuses on transnational and postcolonial filmmaking. Current research topics include bicycle cinema and the intersection between computer games, film and fine art. He is the editor of Postcommunist Film - Russia, Eastern Europe and World Culture (2012), Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema (co-edited with Ewa Mazierska and Eva Näripea, 2014), Marx at the Movies (co-edited with Ewa Mazierska, 2014) and Marxism and Film Activism (co-edited with Ewa Mazierska, 2015).


Ana Grgic (co-editor) is a film scholar and researcher, with a PhD from the University of St. Andrews and a Masters Degree from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris III. Her contributions on archival theory, film history and Balkan cinema have appeared in the following volumes and journals: The Film Festival Yearbook 5: Archival Film Festivals (2013), Divan Film Festival Symposium Papers (2014, 2015), Cinemas of Paris (2016), Frames Cinema Journal and East European Film Bulletin. Ana has been on the Board of Albanian Cinema Project since 2016, where she collaborates on programming international screenings and roundtables to introduce new audiences to Albania’s rich cinema.

Ridvan Peshkopia (co-editor) teaches political science at the University for Business and Technology, Kosovo. He received an MA in Diplomacy from the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and MA and PhD in Political Science with the University of Kentucky; and also spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at George Washington University. He publishes in several disciplines and sub-disciplines including international relations, film studies, social theory, political behavior, migration studies and epistemology.

Trudy Anderson: University of New York Tirana


Julian Bejko holds a PhD in Philosophy (Saint-Denis Paris 8). Since 2006, he is professor at the Department of Sociology, University of Tirana. He is the author of Shoqëria e Kinemasë I, II [The Society of Cinema, I, II] (2012, 2013) and Sociologji e Qytetërimeve [Norbert Elias. A Sociology of Civilizations] (2014).


Iris Elezi is an Albanian filmmaker. Studied film theory & criticism, anthropology and women’s studies before completing her film production degree at New York University in 2001. Her documentary exploration of the Western Balkans, the six-part series Under Construction, played at numerous festivals following its release in 2006. After garnering thirteen international awards, her first full-length feature, Bota, became Albania’s official selection for the 2016 Academy Awards.

Konstantinos Giakoumis is Associate Professor at the Research Centre for Social Sciences at the University of New York Tirana, in which institution he also serves as Deputy Rector. He has written numerous contributions dealing with cultural studies and has developed an interest in the ways in which totalitarian regimes turned to religious isomorphism, including pilgrimage. His work has been published in various journals or books such as Pilgrimage, Politics and Place-Making in Eastern Europe: Crossing the Borders.

Arben Imami chairs the political philosophy project with the Institute for Political Studies in Tirana, Albania. He has been a member of the Kuvend [Albanian legislative body] since 1991, and has served as a government minister in several ministries. He has had an early career as film actor, theatre director and professor with the Institute of Fine Arts, University of Tirana. Imami writes and publishes in international relations and political philosophy


Dina Iordanova is Professor of Global Cinema and Creative Cultures at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She has published extensively on the cinemas of the Balkan countries, considering them both at a regional level and at the level of individual nations. She is the author of Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture and the Media (2001), Emir Kusturica (2002), New Bulgarian Cinema (2008), and the editor of Cinema of the Balkans (2006).

Konstanty Kuzma studied philosophy and Japanese studies in Berlin and Berkeley. He is the co-founder and co-editor of the East European Film Bulletin, an online journal on the cinemas of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

Christopher Lockwood is a Research Associate at the Research Center for Social Sciences at the University of New York Tirana. His research interests include Eastern Orthodox theology, religious symbolism, spirituality and religious anthropology, as well as how these topics are reflected through and preserved in culture and rituals.


Thomas Logoreci is an occasional journalist, sometime film festival programmer and freelance critic currently based in Tirana, Albania. In 2013, he co-wrote a feature-length essay documentary about Albania, Here Be Dragons, with acclaimed Irish director Mark Cousins. Along with film director Iris Elezi, he is the co-writer and co-director of the 2014 Albanian fiction feature Bota.


Regina M. Longo is the Associate editor of Film Quarterly and teaches in the School of Film and Media Studies at SUNY Purchase. She has taught in the department of Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Film and Media Studies department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Longo is a professional film and media archivist. She has published articles in The Journal of the Moving Image, Screening the Past and California Italian Studies. Longo serves as Co-chair of the Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference Committee, Special Consultant to the Albanian Film Archives and as the Director of ACP (Founding Director and Board Member)


Ewa Mazierska is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. She published nearly twenty monographs and edited collections. They include From Self- Fulfillment to Survival of the Fittest: Work in European Cinema from the 1960s to the Present (2015), Postcolonial Approaches to Eastern European Cinema: Representing Neighbours on Screen, with Eva Näripea and Lars Kristensen (2014) and European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory, Politics (2011). Mazierska’s work was translated into nearly twenty languages, including French, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean, Portugese, Estonian and Serbian. She is principal editor of a Routledge journal, Studies in Eastern European Cinema.


Alison Reilly is an art historian, curator and the Managing Editor of Chicago Gallery News. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) with a Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History. Her master's thesis examined the psychological internalization of military architecture, the politics of filmmaking under socialist and post-socialist governments, and the formal devices of Albanian filmmakers in the 1990s.


Andrei Rogatchevski is Professor of Russian Literature and Culture at UiT – the Arctic University of Norway. The second edition of his Filming the Unfilmable: Casper Wrede’s One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (co-authored with Ben Hellman) came out in 2014. A special issue of SFFTV, on the screen adaptations of fiction by the Strugatskii brothers (co-edited with Muireann Maguire), was published in 2015.

Bruce Williams is professor and graduate director in the Department of Languages of William Paterson University. He has published extensively in the areas of Latin American and European cinemas, language and cinema, and queer theory. His current research focuses primarily on Albanian cinema. His articles have appeared in such journals as Framework, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, The New Review of Film and Television, and Studies in Eastern European Cinema. Most recently, he co-authored with Keumsil Kim Yoon Two Lenses on the Korean Ethos: Key Cultural Concepts and Their Appearance in Cinema (2015).


Updated: 18 Mar 16