Dr Anna Misiak
MA Film & Television Course Leader
Former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, Anna Misiak holds a PhD from the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is a senior lecturer in Film and MA Film & TV course coordinator. She authored one monograph, Kinematograf kontrolowany (2006) and contributed her film research to edited collections and peer-reviewed journals. Between 2013-2016, Anna was an investigator on an international research project, ‘Documentary in V4 Countries’, which was supported by the Visegrad University Studies Grant. In 2015, she won the Leverhulme Trust Fellowship to develop her archive documentary study, Life Under Communism. Before coming to Falmouth, Anna had lectured in film, media, sociology, and culture studies at the American Studies Centre, Warsaw University and at Warsaw Higher School for Humanities.
In 2017, together with Anna Backman Rogers from Gothenburg University in Sweden, Anna founded a feminist open access academic journal MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture http://maifeminism.com/. She serves as a co-editor-in-chief for this publication.
Anna's research has always explored the interdependence between film and society. Her most recent academic interests centre on archive and cinema that transgresses dominant ideologies. She is the author of Women under Communism: A Report from The Archive: http://womenundercommunism.com/ and a contributor to Female Agency and Documentary Strategies (2018, Edinburgh University Press). Anna is currently working on her book on Polish documentary. Outside academia, she has translated several feature films and TV series (including Green Wing) for Polish television channels and worked as a book reviewer for literary magazines.
In her teaching, Anna aims to inspire and awaken her film & TV students' creativity through consideration of intellectually challenging concepts and theories. Several years of HE teaching have given Anna a lot of satisfaction. Numerous professional and academic successes of her students have included festival awards, nominations, film criticism awards, as well as publications in prestigious journals. At weekends, she teaches yoga classes in Falmouth and Penryn.