ReFocus: A Series of Film Studies Anthologies: The International Director

deadline for submissions: 
January 31, 2026
full name / name of organization: 
Edinburgh University Press
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In 2015, the University of Edinburgh Press launched a multivolume series of scholarly, refereed anthologies entitled ReFocus. Edited by Gary D. Rhodes (University of Central Florida), Stefanie Van de Peer (University of Exeter), and Robert Singer (CUNY), each book focuses on a critically overlooked film director who worked in the studio system, independent cinema, mainstream cinema, experimental filmmaking, or the documentary tradition. Volumes published so far in this series include: Susanne Bier, Pablo Larrain, Paul Leni, Teuvo Tulio, Xavier Dolan, and Francis Veber, with many more in preparation

ReFocus features a series of contemporary methodological and theoretical approaches to the interdisciplinary analyses and interpretations of the work of international film directors, from the once-famous to the ignored, in direct relationship to inter/national cultures --its myths, values, and historical precepts. This series will consider any director who created a historical space, beginning with the origins of cinema and continuing up to the present. This research may include work in other media such as television.

We are now soliciting on-line proposals by potential editors/authors for new ReFocus editions. We are especially interested in proposals for the following international filmmakers:

  • Michal Bat-Adam 
  • Pedro Almodovar
  • Michael Apted
  • Jacqueline Audry
  • Claude Autant-Lara
  • Ronit Avni
  • Yevgeni Bauer
  • Maria Bemberg
  • Bernardo Bertolucci
  • Simone Bitton
  • Nouri Bouzid
  • Charles Burguet
  • Edith Carlmar
  • Liliana Cavani
  • Youssef Chahine
  • Segondo de Chomon
  • Rene Clement
  • David Cronenberg
  • Vera Chytilová
  • Claire Denis
  • Vittorio DeSica
  • Lav Diaz
  • Germaine Dulac
  • Cheryl Dunye
  • Nana Dzhordzhadze
  • Paul Fejos
  • Louis Feuillade
  • Mike Figgis
  • Stephen Frears
  • Lucio Fulci
  • Kinji Fukasaku
  • Abel Gance
  • Haile Gerima
  • Jean-Luc Godard
  • Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Jessica Hausner
  • Agnieszka Holland
  • Alejandro Inarritu
  • Agnès Jaoui
  • Astrid Henning-Jensen
  • Tran Anh Hung
  • Neil Jordan
  • Chen Kaige
  • Xhanfize Keko
  • Michel Khleifi
  • Esmail Koushan
  • Diane Kurys
  • Gerhard Lamprecht
  • Mike Leigh
  • Kim Longinotto
  • Ernst Lubistch
  • Samira Makhmalbaf
  • Djibril Mambety
  • Ana Mariscal
  • Mary McGuckian
  • Márta Mészáros
  • Moshé Mizrahi
  • Friedrich Murnau
  •  Mira Nair
  • Gaspar Noe
  • Maria Novaro
  • Alanis Obomsawin
  • Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira
  • Max Ophuls
  • Yasujiro Ozu
  • Euzhan Palcy
  • Jafar Panahi
  • Olga Ivanovna Preobrazhenskaya
  • Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
  • Satyajit Ray
  • Leni Riefenstahl
  • Brigitte Roüan
  • Ousmane Sembene
  • Li Shaohong
  • Larisa Shepitko
  • Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Elia Suleiman
  • Istvan Szabo 
  • Bela Tarr
  • Nadine Trintignant
  • Margarethe von Trotta
  • Agnes Varda
  • Paul Wegener
  • Peter Weir
  • Robert Wiene
  • Lina Wertmuller
  • Wu Yonggang 
  • Sun Yu
  • Ferdinand Zecca
  • Friedrich Zelnik 
  • Mai Zetterling
  • Suggest a director

If you are interested in editing/authoring such a volume, or have any related questions, please attach a curriculum vitae to your abstract/proposal and email to all three editors:

Gary D. Rhodes,

Stefanie Van de Peer,

Robert Singer,