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PhD Arts, University of Edinburgh (2001)
MSc German Studies (Film), University of Edinburgh (1996)
German and Russian BA (Hons), University of Wales, Swansea (1995)


Born in Bremen, W. Germany. AHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh from 2004-2005, Dr Graf left Edinburgh to join the then International Film School Wales, University of Wales, Newport as a Senior Lecturer in film


1992-1994: press photographer and photojournalist in St Petersburg, Russia, working for The Moscow Times and co-founding The St Petersburg Premier English Language publication for foreign enterprise in Russia, as photographic editor
1998-2002: International film production and sales with The Coproduction Office, Berlin, Germany, specialising in the production, acquisition and international sales of independent cinema, including Lars von Trier, Roy Andersson, Andrei Tarkovsky, Nanni Moretti, Miike Takashi, Jessica Hausner, Ulrich Seidl, Lou Ye


Currently, Dr Graf is Course Leader of the MA/MFA Film Degree Programme at the University, leading also the following MA modules: Film Theory and Research 1; Film Theory and Research 2; Final Major Project (by Dissertation); MFA Film Advanced Professional Practice module
He also leads the following modules of the BA Film and Video Undergraduate Degree Programme: Film and Visual Culture 1; Film and Visual Culture 2; Dissertation module


Avant-Garde Film (co-edited with Dietrich Scheunemann), Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, 2007

“Paris-Berlin-Moscow: On the Montage Aesthetic in City Symphony Films of the 1920s” in Graf, Alexander and Dietrich Scheunemann (eds), Avant-Garde Film, Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York, 2007

“Space and the Materiality of Death: On Mário Peixoto’s Limite” in Korfmann, Michael (ed.), Ten Contemporary Views on Mário Peixoto’s Limite, Monsenstein und Vannerdat, Münster, 2006

“A Clockwork Orange (Kubrick)” in The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works and Wonders. Gary Westfahl (ed.). Westport, Conn. ; London : Greenwood Press, 2005

Figura Italiana: Black and White. Oliva, A.B. (curator) Berlin, Galerie Davide Di Maggio Mudimadue, 2003 (translator)

“Mark Allinson: A Spanish Labyrinth. The Films of Pedro Almodóvar” and “Gwynne Edwards: Almodóvar: Labyrinths of Passion” in MEDIENwissenschaft: Rezensionen, Reviews. 1/03. Schüren, Marburg 2003 (review)

“Peter Kerstan: Der journalistische Film. Jetzt aber richtig” in MEDIENwissenschaft: Rezensionen, Reviews. 1/02. Schüren, Marburg 2002 (review)

Ingmar Alge (exhibition catalogue edited by Christa Häusler). Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin 2001 (translator)

The Cinema of Wim Wenders: The Celluloid Highway, Wallflower Press, London and New York, 2001

“A.L. Rees: A History of Experimental Film and Video” in MEDIENwissenschaft: Rezensionen, Reviews. 3/00. Schüren, Marburg 2000 (review)

“Wim Wenders” in The Wallflower Critical Guide to Contemporary North American Directors. London : Wallflower, 2000

“John Mundy: Popular Music on Screen: From Hollywood Musical to Music Video” in MEDIENwissenschaft: Rezensionen, Reviews. 1/00. Schüren, Marburg 2000 (review)

Vn: Zwischenbericht/Intermediate Report. van den Berg, O. Vice Versa, Berlin 1999 (translator)

“Chris Rodley: Lynch über Lynch” in MEDIENwissenschaft: Rezensionen, Reviews. 2/99 Schüren, Marburg 1999 (review)

“Videotechnik und die Suche nach dem wahrhaftigen Bild: Zur Zusammenarbeit Antonionis und Wenders” in Roloff, Volker, Helmut Schanze, Dietrich Scheunemann (eds), Europäische Kinokunst im Zeitalter des Fernsehens, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich, 1998

“Even the Sounds Shine: Sound in Wim Wenders’ Lisbon Story” in Goetsch, Paul and Dietrich Scheunemann (eds), Text und Ton im Film, Gunter Narr, Tübingen, 1997

Arte e Industria: L’esperienza Textile Produkte per l’arte contemporanea/Art and Industry: The Textile Produkte experience for contemporary art. Barzel, A, Marcos Y Marcos, Milan 1996 (translator)


Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2003-2012
European Network for Avant-garde and Modernism Studies since May 2008


Ad hoc reviewer for:
-Edinburgh University Press
-Canadian Journal of Film Studies / Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques (Concordia)
-Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (University College Cork)
-WIRAD – Wales Institute for Research in Art and Design
-Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (Liverpool University Press)
-Adaptation (Oxford University Press)

External examiner for the MSc Programme in Film Studies, University of Edinburgh, 2008-2012

Invited lectures
“Can Cinema be Avant-garde?” December 2006, ECLA, European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin

“Beyond Cinema: the Art of Projection”, January 2007, lecture and guided tour of the Hamburger Bahnhof Contemporary Art Museum, for ECLA, European College of Liberal Arts, Berlin

“European Auteur cinema: the Cinema of Wim Wenders”, November 2011, Liverpool John Mores University

Conferences and Symposia:
2004. Avant-Garde Film. Co-organised a three-day international conference on avant-garde film, University of Edinburgh with Professor Dietrich Scheunemann. Speakers included Dietrich Scheunemann, Alexander Graf, Günter Berghaus, R. Bruce Elder, A.L. Rees, Rudolf E. Kuenzli, Pierre Sorlin, Tami M. Williams, Maureen Turim, Marina Burke, William Wees, Inez Hedges, Yvonne Spielmann, Tania Ørum, Martine Beugnet, Margit Grieb, Jonathan Walley
2009. Every Real Moment: Time in the Art of Andy Warhol, Co-organised this one-day symposium with Professor Mark Durden at Newport School of Art, Media and Design. Speakers included Jean Wainwright, David Campbell, Ian Walker, Lisa Otty, Stephen Bull, Kieran Lyons, Kim Knowles


Dr Graf has established a very broad and varied publication profile in the fields of film, cinema, broadcast media and fine art over the past 18 years. His long-term research interests and areas of expertise in the field of avant-garde theory, and avant-garde film in particular, are reflected in this intersection of art and media disciplines; he also has developing research interests in cinema and the history of nations. In 2010 he was awarded University of Wales funding to complete a book project that reviews and updates current theoretical understandings of avant-garde film practice. The scope of the project has recently broadened to focus on the contemporary concepts of avant-garde in all art practices.

Areas of Expertise

Film studies; Cinema studies; Avant-garde art; Avant-garde and experimental film; European cinemas; Film theory.
Teaching Award Nominations: 2012 CELT Art of Teaching Award; 2012 CELT Unsung Hero Award; 2013 CELT The Extra Mile Award; 2013 CELT Unsung Hero Award; 2013 CELT Art of Teaching Award

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