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Maria Poulaki

Assistant Professor - Department of American Literature and Culture

305 | +30 2310 997394 | mariapoulaki@enl.auth.gr
Office hours: TU 16:00-17:30(Online, by appointment) | FR 13:00-13:30(Onsite/Online, by appointment)

Maria Poulaki is Assistant Professor of Cinema and American Culture in the Department of American Literature and Culture, School of English Language and Literature, at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
She has an interdisciplinary background in Psychology and Film/Media/Culture studies (BA & MA in Psychology and Psychology and Media, Panteion University, and PhD in Media and Culture, track Film Studies, University of Amsterdam & Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis - ASCA). Her current research focuses on the intersection of psychology, phenomenology, cognitive studies and aesthetics with cinema and the moving image. She has published extensively in these fields as well as on the subject of narrative complexity and complex narrative forms in cinema. She is the author of Before or Beyond Narrative (Rozenberg publishers, 2011) and coeditor of volumes Compact Cinematics: The moving image in the age of bit-sized media (Bloomsbury 2017, with Pepita Hesselberth) and Narrative Complexity: Cognition, embodiment, evolution (University of Nebraska Press 2019, with Marina Grishakova), while her research publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Screen, Projections, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Cinema & Cie, Empedocles, Gestalt Theory, NECSUS, Film-Philosophy, and chapters in various collective volumes, among which Puzzling Stories: The aesthetic appeal of cognitive challenge in literature, film and television (Steven Willemsen & Miklos Kiss (Eds.), Berghahn Books), Narrating Complexity (Richard Walsh and Susan Stepney (Eds.), Springer), Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity, and Culture (Ekman et al (Eds.), Routledge), Hollywood Puzzle Films (Warren Buckland (Ed.), Routledge).
She has given presentations in numerous international conferences, and was keynote speaker at the 2019 conference of the Screenwriting Research Network (SRN). She has also been member of the jury at Leiden film festival, collaborated with the British Film Institute (BFI), and regularly reviews publishing and research projects for various international academic publishers and research councils.
Since 2011 Poulaki held posts as lecturer in universities in The Netherlands (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University College, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht), while from 2013 until 2021 she was assistant professor at the University of Surrey, UK (Film Studies and Digital Media Arts programmes).

TEACHING (ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024)

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Winter G-LSUD1 Lit127 Workshop in Critical Writing: Fiction b Tuesday 13:30 16:00 112 ..
Winter G-LSUD3 AmLit388 Narrative in American Cinema and Culture Monday 18:30 21:00 107
Spring G-LSUD1 Res1-220 Methodology of Research a Thursday 18:30 21:00 01 ..
Spring Film Topics Friday 10:00 13:00 308 .