Dr Mani Sharpe
- Position: Lecturer in Film Studies and French
- Areas of expertise: Film theory; critical theory; decolonisation; decolonial culture; French cinema; postcolonial cinema
- Email: M.Sharpe@leeds.ac.uk
- Location: 1.03 Michael Sadler Building
I am a film scholar specialising in representations of the Algerian War. Since completing my PhD at Newcastle University in 2014, I have published articles in journals such as French Cultural Studies, Modern and Contemporary France, Studies in French Cinema and French Studies. I taught at Newcastle University and La Sorbonne - Paris 3, before taking up my current position at Leeds. I am in the final stages of writing my monograph, French Cinema and the Algerian War (1957-1966), which is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press.
Building upon my past research in world cinemas, post-colonialism, and representations of political engagement and conflict, my current monograph aims to illustrate how French films made during the Algerian War (1954-1962) acted in order to soften the trauma and guilt caused by it. With this in mind, each chapter deploys a different theoretical paradigm to analyse this phenomenon, including star studies, space studies, memory studies, theories of the gaze, theories of gender, documentary theory, theories of the voice, and theories of the cinematic face. Using this interdisciplinary approach, this monograph aims to radically alter how scholars have previously conceptualised cinematic representations of this often-misunderstood war.
Apart from this focus on war, I am also interested in cinematic representations of the face – particularly in relation to questions of mental health. I am currently the Principal Investigator on a major public engagement project, entitled Facing the Mind, funded by the Cultural Institute, Leeds. This project involves setting up a series of community orientated, creative practice workshops, blending film theory and film practice. It is due to run online, as a series of webinars, in June 2020, and will provide the impetus for a future book project.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD Newcastle University (2010-2014)
- MA Leeds (2008-2009)
- French BA Leeds (2004-2008)
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures