Dr Diana Popa

Postdoctoral Researcher

Contact Information
School of Humanities
Tallinn University
Uus-Sadama 5, 10120,
Tallinn, Estonia

2017 PhD Film Studies, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK


My main research interests lie in the relation between films and socio-historical contexts, film style and aesthetics, European cinema, in particular Romanian and Hungarian contemporary cinemas (both arthouse and popular productions), and Slow Cinema. I have worked as an ERC postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Edinburgh as part of the “Illuminating the ‘Grey Zone’: Addressing Complex Complicity in Human Rights Violations” project.


Journal Articles

“Hopeless Didacticism: Archival Sources and Spectatorial Address in ‘I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians’.” Law Culture and the Humanities, online first, October 2019.

“Narrating the past: Cultural memory and Romanian identity in Aferim!.” Journal of European Studies 48: 3-4, 308-326.

“Rattling the Cage – Family Relations in Adrian Sitaru’s The Cage.” Short Film Studies 3(1), 97-100. 

“Probing the body – Political and Medical (Empty) Authority in the New Romanian Cinema.” Acta Universitatis SapientiaeFilm and Media Studies, 4, 115-129. 

Book Reviews

Review of Slow Movies. Countering the Cinema of Action by Ira Jaffe. Frames Cinema Journal, 8.

Review of Popular Cinemas in East Central Europe edited by Dorota Ostrowska, Francesco Pitassio and Zsuzsanna Varga. Frames Cinema Journal, 14.

Review of Not According to Plan. Filmmaking under Stalin by Maria Belodubrovskaya, “Beyond Resistance and Repression: an Institutional Approach to Soviet Cinema History.” Studies in Eastern European Cinema 11(1), 109-112.


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