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Laura Sava

Assistant Professor


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Dr. Laura Sava is Assistant Professor in Film Studies at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. A Romanian native, originally trained in art history, she also holds degrees in British Cultural Studies (MA) and film studies (MA, PhD). Laura Sava completed her doctorate at the University of Warwick, UK, where she was also Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study and Associate Fellow in the Department of Film and Television Studies, before joining XJTLU in February 2013. Her book Theatre Through the Camera Eye: The Poetics of an Intermedial Encounter was published in June 2019 with Edinburgh University Press. She is currently preparing a volume on the Romanian director Lucian Pintilie for the Edinburgh University Press ReFocus International Directors Series, which she is co-editing with Dr. Andrei Gorzo.

Research interests

European Cinema

Eastern European Cinema

Romanian Cinema

Film Theory and Film Aesthetics

Intermediality Studies

Adaptation Studies



Research Affiliate, Yale University - April-June 2024

Assistant Professor in Film Studies, Xian Jiaotong-Liverpool University - 2013 to present

Associate Fellow, Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick - 2012 to 2013

Early Career Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick - 2011

Seminar tutor, Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick - 2009

Researcher, Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urban Planning, Bucharest - 2007


COM156 Foundations in Film Studies (2021-2023)

COM263 European Cinema (2020-present)

COM309 European Cinema (2015-2019)

COM203 Adaptation Across the Media (2014-2020)

COM202 Global Media and Entertainment (2013-2017)


Awards and honours

2011 Roberts Funding Award, University of Warwick

2011 Early Career Fellowship, Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

2010 Humanities Research Fund Award, University of Warwick

2008 American Study and Student Exchange Committee Award, University of Warwick

2007 Warwick Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2007-2010), University of Warwick

2006 OSI/Chevening/FCO/University of Warwick Eastern Europe Scholarship, Chevening

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Film Studies, University of Warwick, UK, 2011

Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Supporting Learning in Higher Education (with Distinction), University of Liverpool, 2021

MA in Film and Television Studies (with Distinction), University of Warwick, UK, 2006

MA in British Cultural Studies, University of Bucharest, Romania, 2004

BA in History and Theory of Art, National University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania, 2003

Person Types

  • Staff