Dr Maria Poulaki
I studied psychology before turning to media psychology, cultural analysis and cinema/media studies. Currently my research interests span moving image and cinematic aesthetics, with a focus on (dis)continuity and ambiguity in images and their perception, using a cognitive-neurological (especially through a '4E' perspective), art-historical and media-philosophical approach.
My goal is to contribute to a refreshed critical approach to the cognitive analysis of the moving image and the embodied cognitive processes of its reception.
Since my doctorate research and PhD dissertation ('Before or Beyond Narrative: Towards a complex systems theory of contemporary films', 2011) I have also been interested in complex systems theories, complex dynamic frameworks of neuronal functioning, and the intersection of complexity theory with media and narrative studies.
With Pepita Hesselberth we have co-edited the volume Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media (Bloomsbury 2017) with contributions from a number of prominent film and media scholars on the short, brief, small and miniature forms and processes of the new moving image and screen culture. And with Marina Grishakova we are editing the forthcoming collection New approaches to Narrative Complexity (to be published by the University of Nebraska Press, in the Frontiers of Narrative series).
My previous publications include various book chapters and articles in journals such as Screen, Projections, Cinema & Cie, Empedocles, Film-Philosophy, New Review of Film and Television Studies.