I hold an MA (Distinction) in Film and Literature from the University of York and an MA (cum laude) in Cultural Theory from Tallinn University. I also hold a BA (Hons) in Art Education and a BA (cum laude) in Cultural Theory, both from Tallinn University. My MA dissertations concentrated on the multi-protagonist films Crash (Haggis, 2004) and Magnolia (Anderson, 1999), and received awards at the Estonian National Student Research Competition (http://www.etag.ee/en/).
My research interests include film-philosophy, film theory, and modern continental philosophy, especially speculative realism and psychoanalysis.
Working title: Contingency in the Multi-Protagonist Film vis-à-vis Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Supervisors: Drs Michael Pigott and Catherine Constable
The thesis focuses on exploring the theoretical potential of the multi-protagonist film. While the form, with its number of central characters, has been discussed mostly in terms of its socio-political or formal importance, it is also a film-type that suggest contingency to have a significant influence over everyday life. Through close analyses of films like Thirteen Conversations about One Thing (Sprecher, 2001), Batalla en el cielo [Battle in Heaven (Reygadas, 2005)], 71 Fragmente einer Chronologie des Zufalls [71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (Haneke, 1994)], and Jiao you [Stray Dogs (Ming-liang Tsai, 2013)], the thesis will illustrate the manifold representations of contingency in contemporary cinema. The theorisation of contingency put forth by the thesis will draw upon the thinking of Jacques Rancière, Slavoj Žižek, Alain Badiou, and Quentin Meillassoux.
The research is funded by the Chancellor’s Scholarship.