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Dr Carla Ambrosio Garcia Ambrosio Garcia

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, King's College London

    2013
  • Master of Fine Art, UCL University College London

    2003
  • Bachelor of Arts, London Guildhall University

    2000

Biographical details

I completed my PhD in Film Studies Research at King's in December 2013. My project investigated the notion of retreat, understood as gesture and circumscribed space, as these can be present in film, the experience of film, and the practice of filmmaking. Following a psychoanalytic methodology, it engaged with the theory of the cinematic apparatus, and with some examples of European cinema (in particular the films of Ingmar Bergman, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Manoel de Oliveira and a collaboration between Georges Perec and Bernard Queysanne) as well as the works of Tacita Dean, Ben Rivers and Jayne Parker. Two of the main original aspects in this study are its use of post-Kleinian psychoanalysis, notably represented in the figure of Wilfred Bion, hitherto overlooked by film studies; and the articulation of retreat as a pivotal moment of growth, thus as a gesture and space that are also future-oriented. 

As a Graduate Teaching Assistant I led seminars for the modules 'Introduction to Film Studies: Forms', 'Introduction to Film Studies: Contexts' and 'Film History: 1945-1980'.

Participation in conference

Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society: A Postgraduate Conference, Middlesex University

Carla Ambrosio Garcia Ambrosio Garcia (Participant)

14 Jun 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

NECS Annual Conference ‘Time Networks: Screen Media and Memory’, New University of Lisbon and University of Coimbra

Carla Ambrosio Garcia Ambrosio Garcia (Participant)

23 Jun 2012

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Caves: A Programme of Talks, Performances and Installations, King's College London

Carla Ambrosio Garcia Ambrosio Garcia (Participant)

17 Feb 2011

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Emergent Encounters in Film Theory: Intersections between Psychoanalysis and Philosophy Conference, King's College London

Carla Ambrosio Garcia Ambrosio Garcia (Participant)

21 Mar 2009

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Publication peer-review

Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (Journal)

Carla Ambrosio Garcia Ambrosio Garcia (Peer reviewer)

1 Jun 2012

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Types of Award - Other distinction

Doctoral Programme Grant awarded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal

Carla Ambrosio Garcia Ambrosio Garcia (Recipient)

1 Jan 20111 Nov 2013

Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Other distinction

Master Programme Scholarship awarded by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Portugal

Carla Ambrosio Garcia Ambrosio Garcia (Recipient)

1 Sep 20021 Jul 2003

Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Other distinction

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