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Dr Lydia Papadimitriou

Dr Lydia Papadimitriou

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Biography

Lydia Papadimitriou is Reader (Associate Professor) in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. She has published extensively on different aspects of Greek cinema, and is currently researching on film festivals, distribution, documentary, and Balkan cinema. She has authored 'The Greek Film Musical' (2006), co-edited 'Greek Cinema: Texts, Forms and Identities' (2011), and is the Principal Editor of the 'Journal of Greek Media and Culture'. She has published numerous articles in books and journals, including New Review of Film and Television Studies (NRFTS), Filmicon, Studies in European Cinema and Screen.

Languages

French
Greek, Modern (1453-)
Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

Degrees

1997, University of Kent, UK, PhD in Film Studies

Publications

Highlighted publications

Papadimitriou L. 2017. Cinema at the Edges of the European Union: New Dynamics in the South and the East Stone R, Cooke P, Marlow-Mann A, Dennison S. Routledge. London

Papadimitriou L. 2017. The Economy and Ecology of Greek Cinema since the Crisis: Production, Circulation, Reception Tziovas D. Greece in Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Austerity :135-157 I.B.Tauris 9781784538453

Papadimitriou L. 2017. Transitions in the Periphery: Funding Film Production in Greece since the Financial Crisis International Journal on Media Management, 19 >DOI

Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. 2016. Having its Cake and Eating it Too: Contemporary American 'Indie' Cinema and 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Reframed Badley L, Perkins C, Schreiber M. Indie Reframed: Women's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema :188-203 Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh 978147440392 4

Papadimitriou L. 2016. Politics and Independence: Documentary in Greece during the Crisis Tzioumakis Y, Molloy C. The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics :469-480 Routledge 978-0415717397

Papadimitriou L. 2016. The Hindered Drive toward Internationalisation: Thessaloniki (International) Film Festival The New Review of Film and Television Studies, 14 :93-111 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 2015. In the Shadow of the Studios, the State and the Multiplexes: Independent Filmmaking in Greece The Meaning of Independence: Independent Filmmaking around the Globe University of Toronto Press. Toronto 9781442626836

Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. 2015. 'My Big Fat Life in Ruins': Marketing "Greekness" and the Contemporary US Indepedent Film Mingant N, Tirtaine C, Augros J. Film Marketing into the Twenty-First Century :36-46 BFI Palgrave. London 978-1844578382

Papadimitriou L. 2014. The Power of the Local: Greek Documentaries in the 2000s Small Cinemas in Global Markets: Genres, Identities, Narratives Lexington Books: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 9780739196526

Papadimitriou L. 2011. The National and the Transnational in Contemporary Greek Cinema The New Review of Film and Television Studies, 9 :493-512 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. Greek Cinema as European Cinema: Co-productions, Eurimages and the Europeanisation of Greek Cinema Studies in European Cinema, >DOI

Other

Papadimitriou L. 2018. EUFA and Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University Alphaville : Journal of Film and Screen Media, :173-176

Papadimitriou L. 2017. Documentary Chronicles. Dialogue (with Vitaly Mansky). >Link

Papadimitriou L. 2017. The Berlinale Side of Hope

Papadimitriou L, Calotychos V, Tzioumakis Y. 2016. On Solidarity, Collaboration and Independence: Athina Rachel Tsangari discusses her films and Greek cinema with Vangelis Calotychos, Lydia Papadimitriou and Yannis Tzioumakis. Journal of Greek Media and Culture, 2 :237-253

Papadimitriou L. 2016. Continuity and Change

Papadimitriou L. 2016. Sheffield Among Doc/Fests

Papadimitriou L. 2016. 56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival. Balkan Survey Section. >DOI

Papadimitriou L, Ruoff JK. 2016. Film Festivals: Origins and Trajectories Papadimitriou L, Ruoff JK. The New Review of Film and Television Studies, 14 :1-4 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 2015. Weathering the Crisis: The Sixteenth Thessaloniki Documentary Festival :169-176 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 2015. Greek Media and Culture at a New Juncture Papadimitriou L, Kolocotroni V, Tzioumakis Y. Journal of Greek Media and Culture, 1 :3-7 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 2015. Breaking the Ice: Queues, Premieres and Awards in the 65th Berlinale Filmicon,

Papadimitriou L. 2015. Past and Present in the 17th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Pure Movies,

Papadimitriou L. 2015. On Colonialism, Access and Form: A Discussion with Hubert Sauper

Papadimitriou L. 2014. Celebrating Independence: 54th Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Papadimitriou L. 2014. Resisting Differently: Maria Kallimani, leading actor of At Home, interviewed by Lydia Papadimitriou in Karlovy Vary Filmicon,

Papadimitriou L. 2014. Politics, Hipness and Aspiration: The 21st Sheffield Doc/Fest comes of age

Papadimitriou L. 2014. Checkpoint Karlovy Vary 2014 Sight and Sound,

Papadimitriou L. 2014. Leanness and Resilience: 55th Thessaloniki International Film Festival Filmicon,

Papadimitriou L. 2013. Reaching Audiences: The 15th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival Senses of Cinema,

Papadimitriou L. 2013. Thessaloniki: Straitened Circumstances Sight and Sound, :23

Papadimitriou L. 2012. Navigating through Contemporary Greek Culture Eleftheriotis D, Papanikolaou D, Papadimitriou L. Interactions: studies in communication and culture, 2 :123-127 >DOI

Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. 2011. Introduction to edited collection "Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities" Tzioumakis Y, Papadimitriou L. :9-14

Papadimitriou L. 2007. A 'touch of spice' CINEASTE, 32 :56-56 >Link

Journal article

Papadimitriou L. 2018. Film Distribution in Greece: Formal and Informal Networks of Circulation since the Financial Crisis Screen, 59

Papadimitriou L. 2017. Transitions in the Periphery: Funding Film Production in Greece since the Financial Crisis International Journal on Media Management, 19 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 2016. The Hindered Drive toward Internationalisation: Thessaloniki (International) Film Festival The New Review of Film and Television Studies, 14 :93-111 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 2014. Locating Contemporary Greek Film Cultures: Past, Present, Future and the Crisis Filmicon, :1-19

Papadimitriou L. 2011. The National and the Transnational in Contemporary Greek Cinema The New Review of Film and Television Studies, 9 :493-512 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 2009. Greek Film Studies today: In search of Identity Kampos: Cambridge Papers in Modern Greek, 17 :49-78

Papadimitriou L. 2000. Traveling on screen: Tourism and the Greek film musical JOURNAL OF MODERN GREEK STUDIES, 18 :95-104 >DOI >Link

Papadimitriou L. Greek Cinema as European Cinema: Co-productions, Eurimages and the Europeanisation of Greek Cinema Studies in European Cinema, >DOI

Chapters

Papadimitriou L. 2017. Cinema at the Edges of the European Union: New Dynamics in the South and the East Stone R, Cooke P, Marlow-Mann A, Dennison S. Routledge. London

Papadimitriou L. 2017. The Economy and Ecology of Greek Cinema since the Crisis: Production, Circulation, Reception Tziovas D. Greece in Crisis: The Cultural Politics of Austerity :135-157 I.B.Tauris 9781784538453

Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. 2016. Having its Cake and Eating it Too: Contemporary American 'Indie' Cinema and 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Reframed Badley L, Perkins C, Schreiber M. Indie Reframed: Women's Filmmaking and Contemporary American Independent Cinema :188-203 Edinburgh University Press. Edinburgh 978147440392 4

Papadimitriou L. 2016. Politics and Independence: Documentary in Greece during the Crisis Tzioumakis Y, Molloy C. The Routledge Companion to Cinema and Politics :469-480 Routledge 978-0415717397

Papadimitriou L. 2015. In the Shadow of the Studios, the State and the Multiplexes: Independent Filmmaking in Greece The Meaning of Independence: Independent Filmmaking around the Globe University of Toronto Press. Toronto 9781442626836

Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. 2015. 'My Big Fat Life in Ruins': Marketing "Greekness" and the Contemporary US Indepedent Film Mingant N, Tirtaine C, Augros J. Film Marketing into the Twenty-First Century :36-46 BFI Palgrave. London 978-1844578382

Papadimitriou L. 2014. The Power of the Local: Greek Documentaries in the 2000s Small Cinemas in Global Markets: Genres, Identities, Narratives Lexington Books: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 9780739196526

Papadimitriou L. 2013. Greek Cinema and the Balkans: Connections, Divergences and Escapes Tutui M. Escape from the Balkans

Papadimitriou L. 2012. Greece Creemur C, Mokdad L. The International Film Musical Edinburgh University Press 9780748634774

Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. 2011. Introduction Papadimitriou L, Tzioumakis Y. Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities :9-14 Intellect/ University of Chicago Press 9781841504339

Eliopoulos C, Moraitis K, Vanna V, Manolis SK. 2011. Greece Marquez-Grant N, Fibiger L. The Routledge Handbook of Archaeological Human Remains and Legislation: An International Guide to Laws and Practice in the Excavation and Treatment of Archaeological Human Remains

Papadimitriou L. 2011. Music, Dance and Cultural Identity in the Greek Film Musical Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities :147-166 Intellect/ University of Chicago Press. Bristol 9781841504339

Papadimitriou L. 2009. Stars of the 1960s Greek musical: Rena Vlahopoulou and Aliki Vougiouklaki Soila T. Stellar encounters: Stardom in Popular European Cinema :205-214 John Libbey & Co Ltd 9780861966790

Papadimitriou L. 2004. Greek war film as melodrama: women, female stars and the nation as victim Tasker Y. Action and adventure cinema :297-308 Routledge. London and New York 9780415235075

Papadimitriou L. 2000. More than a Pale imitation: Narrative, music and Dance in two Greek film musicals from the 1960s Marshall B, Stilwell RJ. Musicals: Hollywood and Beyond :117-124 Intellect Ltd 9781841500034

Editorial/letter to the editor

Papadimitriou L, Calotychos V, Tzioumakis Y. 2016. Revisiting Contemporary Greek Film Cultures: Weird Wave and Beyond Journal of Greek Media and Culture, 2 :127-131 >DOI

Conference publication

Papadimitriou L. 2015. Heroines of the 1821 Revolution in Greek cinema: 'Bouboulina' (1959) and 'Manto Mavrogenous' (1971) Tutui M. Balkan Heroes and Anti-Heroes

Papadimitriou L. 2014. Satire, Sex and Politics: Nikos Perakis’ Loufa kai Parallagi Films Balkan Comedy :60-65

Book review

Papadimitriou L. 2015. Review of Vangelis Calotychos (2013) The Balkan Prospect: Identity, Culture and Politics in Greece after 1989, New York: Palgrave Macmillan Journal of Greek Media and Culture, 1 :165-168 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 2015. Daniela Berghahn, Far-Flung Families in Film: the Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Film. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2013, 224 pp. Screen (Oxford), 56 :295-298 >DOI

Papadimitriou L. 1998. The Films of Theo Angelopoulos: a Cinema of Contemplation/The Last Modernist: the Films of Theo Angelopoulos. Screen (Oxford), 39 :210-218

Book

Papadimitriou L. 2006. The Greek film musical: A Critical and Cultural History McFarland & Co Inc Pub 9780786421404

Report

Papadimitriou L. Netflix in Greece https://www.global-internet-tv.com/netflix-country-reports/greece/

Engagement & Impact

Conference organisation:

6th Conference of the European Society of Modern Greek Studies, Member of Programme Committee, https://easychair.org/cfp/MGS2018

Third International Conference on Balkan Cinema: The Great War(s): Our Story, Member of the Programme Committee, http://filmiconjournal.com/conference/2018/call-for-papers

Liverpool Film Seminar, Established in 2010, the Liverpool Film Seminar is a series of talks jointly organised between LJMU's Department of Film Studies (Lydia Papadimitriou) and the Department of Communication and Media at the University of Liverpool (Yannis Tzioumakis)., https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/microsites/liverpool-film-seminar

Contemporary Greek Cinema Cultures Conference 2015 Seattle, Washington, US (May 2015), Member of Programme Committee, http://filmiconjournal.com/blog/post/45/contemporary-greek-film-cultures-goes-to-america

Greek Cinema: Texts, Histories, Identities, co-organiser with Yannis Tzioumakis (University of Liverpool)

Editorial boards:

Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies, Member of the Advisory Board, http://filmiconjournal.com/journal

Modern Greek Studies Online, Member of the Editorial Board, http://www.moderngreek.org.uk/journal/content/editorial-board

Journal of Greek Media and Culture (Principal Editor), Principal Editor, http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=237/

Interactions: Studies in Communication and Culture, 3.2 Special issue on 'Contemporary Greek Culture', Co-editor with Dimitris Eleftheriotis (Glasgow) and Dimitris Papanikolaou (Oxford) of special issue on 'Contemporary Greek Culture', November 2012

External collaboration:

https://global-internet-tv.com/, Global Internet TV Research Consortium, A network for research on Netflix and other internet-distributed TV services

https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/news/film-studies-feature-at-fact-this-october, FACT, Liverpool: Contemporary Balkan Cinema: Cultural Identity and Memory, Organiser and presenter of a season of three films from the Balkans, followed by discussion with the public (October 2015)

Greek Film Centre, Member of committee for the selection of films to be funded for production and development

http://www.altcineaction.com/, AltcineAction Online Film Festival for Balkan Filmmakers, Best Critic Jury Member

External PGR examinations performed:

University of Southampton, PhD, Transnational Bulgarian Cinema - Pieces of the Past, Present and Future

Queen Mary, University of London, PhD, Family, Nation and the Medium under Attack: Queer Time and Space in Contemporary Greek Cinema

University of Glasgow, PhD, Towards an Inclusive Discourse: Representation of Albanian Immigrants in Greek Cinema

University of Glasgow, PhD, Towards the Creation of “Quality” Greek National cinema in the 1960s

Fellowships:

Onassis Foundation: Scholarship for Foreigners (Onassis International Fellow 2014-15), Onassis Foundation, http://www.onassis.org/en/scholarships-foreigners.php

Media Coverage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/film, The Film Programme, BBC Radio 4, 12 June 2014, interviewed on Greek cinema

Membership of professional bodies:

Fellow of Higher Education Academy, HEA

Member of FEDEORA (Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean), Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean (FEDEORA)., http://www.fedeora.eu/

Member of SMGS (Society of Modern Greek Studies), Society of Modern Greek Studies (SMGS), http://www.moderngreek.org.uk/

Member of BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies), British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), http://www.baftss.org/

Member of MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association), Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA), http://www.meccsa.org.uk/

Member of MGSA (Modern Greek Studies Association), Modern Greek Studies Association (MGSA), http://www.mgsa.org/

Member of NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies), European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS), http://necs.org/

Member of SCMS (Society of Media and Cinema Studies), Society of Media and Cinema Studies (SCMS), http://www.cmstudies.org/

Other invited event:

Greek Cinema as European Cinema: co-productions, film festivals and the Weird Wave, University of Birmingham, Part of the seminar series of the Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies department at the University of Birmingham

La Grèce dans la tourmente cinématographique: quels regards politiques par temps de crise?, Université de Paris 3, Keynote talk during 'journee d'etudes' at the University of Paris

In Search of Balkan Cinema: Approaches, Uses, Prospects, University of Belgrade, Serbia, The paper will offer a conceptual (re)mapping of the term ‘Balkan cinema’ with reference to film history, contemporary film production, distribution and reception, as well as future prospects. For Dusan Makavejev the project of Balkan cinema has been about ‘connecting a disconnected space’ (Iordanova, 2006:1), a space consisting of different languages, religions, nations that has nonetheless a lot of cultural and historical similarities. Paradoxically, perhaps, it was the explosive disconnectedness of the 1990s that brought Balkan cinema into conceptual existence, through the international visibility of a number of films from the region, and the consequent emergence of Balkan cinema as a field of academic inquiry. Twenty years later, the assumed stability that accession to the European Union promised to bring is marred by new geopolitical and existential challenges for Europe. In the new post-communist and crisis-ridden realities of ‘South Eastern Europe’, the ‘Balkan’ brand risks becoming further reduced to politically incorrect Orientalist stereotypes, and/or unhelpful attachments to self-deprecation. By focusing mostly on recent developments in Balkan cinema, its regional and international circulation, and its academic study, the paper will explore the usefulness of the term in creating a collective – but not reductive – identity for the cinemas of the region.

Greek cinema since the crisis: Economy, Ecology, Industry, University of Salford, Talk for staff and post-graduate students

A Blast and other crises: Tracing the economy and ecology of recent Greek cinema, University of Oxford, Pivoting around Syllas Tzoumerkas’ A Blast (2014), a film set in crisis-ridden Greece and focusing on a young mother’s radical break with her past, the talk explores the state of Greek cinema since the advent of the financial crisis in 2010. Drawing on industry data and interviews with filmmakers, distributors and cinema owners, as well as on selected film-textual examples, it utilizes the concepts of ‘economy’ and ‘ecology’ to map out the landscape of Greek cinema since the crisis. In so doing it combines quantitative and qualitative analysis, and presents both a macro and a micro analysis of the effects of the cultural politics of austerity on the production, circulation and reception of Greek films.

'Domestic Workers in Greek art, society and history: Myths and reality' Symposium, University of Crete, Invited speaker at symposium at the University of Crete on Domestic Workers in Greek art, society and history: Myths and reality. Title: “Dignifying domestic work: Muted confrontations in Karanikolas’ At Home (2014)”

Divan Film Festival: Symposium: The Balkan City, Cetate, Romania, Invited speaker and Symposium Chair at Divan Film Festival Symposium Cetate, Romania, and the 5C Project on “The Balkan City”.

“Greece in Crisis: Culture and the Politics of Austerity” Symposium, University of Birmingham, Invited speaker at “Greece in Crisis: Culture and the Politics of Austerity”, University of Birmingham (part of The Cultural Politics of the Greek Crisis AHRC-funded network). Topic: “The Economy and Ecology of post-crisis Greek cinema: Between production, circulation and reception”

“Independent Film (and) Women” Symposium, University of Liverpool, Invited speaker at the “Independent Film (and) Women” Symposium, University of Liverpool. Topic: “Giving a Voice to Greek American Women: Nia Vardalos, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and Contemporary US indie cinema” (with Yannis Tzioumakis)

Provoke Seminar Series, University of Liverpool, Invited speaker at the Provoke Seminar Series, Liverpool School of Architecture, University of Liverpool, on “Analysing Space in the Moving Image”

University of Sussex: Chronicles of Crisis: Public Culture, Austerity and Documentary in Greece, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, Invited to participate at workshop

Birkbeck College: Theo Angelopoulos: Cinema as History and History as Cinema, Birkbeck College, London, Invited speaker at symposium

Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece, Regularly invited since 2012

Divan Film Festival: Symposium: Roads and Crossroads, Cetate, Romania, Invited as chair and symposium convenor

Divan Film Festival: Symposium: Balkan Heroes and Anti-Heroes, Cetate, Romania, Invited speaker

Divan Film Festival: Symposium: Balkan Comedy, Cetate, Romania, Participation at the symposium as invited speaker

Keynote: Contemporary Greek Film Cultures 2013 Conference, Hellenic Centre, London, Keynote Address

Divan Film Festival. Symposium: Escape from the Balkans, Cetate, Romania, Paper: Is it all Greek to you? Typical and Untypical films from Greece

University of Cambridge, Modern Greek lecture series, University of Cambridge, Research paper on Greek film studies today

University of St Andrews, Centre of Film Studies, University of St Andrews, One hour research paper on the national and the transnational in contemporary Greek cinema

Kings' College London, Centre of Hellenic Studies Seminar, Kings' College, London, Presentation of one hour paper on contemporary Greek cinema

Teaching qualification:

PostGraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP)

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)