Dina Iordanova (born 1960) is an educationalist and Professor of Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews. A specialist in world cinema, her special expertise is in the cinema of the Balkans, Eastern Europe, and Europe in general. Her research approaches cinema on a meta-national level and focuses on the dynamics of transnational film; she has special interest in issues related to cinema at the periphery and in alternative historiography. She has published extensively on international and transnational film art and film industry, and convenes research networks on film festivals and on the Dynamics of World Cinema, with funding from the Leverhulme Trust.
Born in an intellectual family in communist Bulgaria, she read Philosophy and German and obtained her Doctorate under the guidance of Prof. Isaac Passy in Aesthetics and cultural history at Kliment Okhridski University in Sofia, in 1986. She worked at the Institute for Cultural Studies before emigrating to Canada in 1990. In emigration Iordanova lived and worked in Canada and the USA, later on settling in the UK in 1998 and becoming actively engaged in European networks and projects.
Prior to her arrival at St. Andrews, she held positions at the Radio-TV-Film department at the University of Texas at Austin, a Rockefeller Fellowship at the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago, and at the University of Leicester in England. Her work is reviewed widely, translated in over fifteen languages and adopted for use in courses at over seventy Universities internationally. She has been a guest professor at the University of Chicago, and served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Queen Mary, University of London.
Iordanova created the Film Studies programme at the University of St. Andrews, where she was appointed to the first Chair in Film in 2004 and engaged in a wide-ranging effort to modernize the University's portfolio, bringing the programme to an internationally respected status within a short time. She also founded the Centre for Film Studies, which she currently directs and was behind the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland-funded initiative of the Scottish Consortium of Film and Visual Studies.
In 2010 Iordanova was appointed Provost of St Leonard's College (University of St Andrews).
Her book Cinema of Flames reviewed in over thirty journals, including Kinoeye, Screening the Past, Post Script, Europe-Asia Studies, and has been extensively discussed in various scholarly contexts. Cinema of the Other Europe, the 2003 monograph on the cinemas of Central Europe, was reviewed in Screening the Past, Film Quarterly, Kinema, and a range of other print journals. She has published monographs on director Emir Kusturica, and on the Cinema of Bulgaria. Her work on transnational cinema includes the volume Cinema at the Periphery, work related to the representation of Romanies in international film, as well as on the representation of human trafficking and other current social problems.
Since 2009 she has been publishing the series of Film Festival Yearbooks, which includes volumes on The Festival Circuit (with Ragan Rhyne), Film Festivals and Imagined Communities (with Ruby Cheung).
She writes the blog DinaView on topics related to world cinema, culture, technology and investing.
- Cinema at the Periphery, (with David Martin-Jones and Belen Vidal), WSUP, 2010.
- Moving People, Moving Images: Cinema and Trafficking in the New Europe, (with William Brown and Leshu Torchin), StAFS, 2010.
- Film Festival Yearbook 2: Film Festivals and Imagined Communities, (with R. Cheung), StAFS, 2010.
- Film Festival Yearbook 1: The Festival Circuit, (with R. Rhyne), StAFS, 2009.
- Special Issue on Film Festivals, Guest editor for Film International, Vol. 6, Issue 4, Nr. 34, 2008.
- Special issue of Third Text: “Picturing ‘Gypsies’: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Roma Representation, Guest editor for Vol. 22, Issue 3, May 2008.
- Budding Channels of Peripheral Cinema, Blurb 2008.
- New Bulgarian Cinema, College Gate Press, 2008.
- Contemporary Balkan Cinema, supplement to Cineaste, Summer 2007.
- Indian Cinema Abroad: Transnational Historiography of Cinematic Exchanges, special issue of South Asian Popular Culture Studies, October 2006.
- Cinema of the Balkans, Wallflower, 2006.
- Cinema of the Other Europe: The Industry and Artistry of East Central European Film, Wallflower, 2003
- Romanies in International Cinema, Special issue of Framework, 44.2 Fall 2003.
- Emir Kusturica, BFI, 2002
- Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture and the Media, BFI, 2001
- Cinema of Flames: Balkan Film, Culture and the Media, BFI, 2001.
- BFI’s Companion of East European and Russian Cinema, BFI, 2000.
- "Profile at the University of St. Andrews web-site". St-andrews.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- The University consistently ranks in the top ten British Universities in the League tables of British universities and in The Times Good University Guide
- "Dynamics of World Cinema". St-andrews.ac.uk. 16 August 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "BBC Scotland news report on the award". BBC News. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Website of the network on Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Europe
- "Centre for Film Studies". St-andrews.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Announcement of the first Consortium event
- "Cinema of Flames". Palgrave.com. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Alexei Monroe. "Kinoeye review". Kinoeye.org. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Review in Screening the Past". Latrobe.edu.au. 25 July 2002. Archived from the original on 1 February 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Review in Post Script by V. Glajar". Goliath.ecnext.com. 1 January 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Review by Lilla Toke in Europe-Asia Studies
- See Galt, Rosalind, The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2006)
- "Cinema of the Other Europe". Google Books. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Peter Hughes (4 May 2004). "Review by V. Petrova". Latrobe.edu.au. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Review by T. Warchol". Caliber.ucpress.net. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- Review by R. Holloway Archived 8 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "The Festival Circuit". St-andrews.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.
- "Film Festivals and Imagined Communities". St-andrews.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2012.