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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Alexandra Grieve

Alexandra Grieve





Dr Maite Conde


Alexandra is a Gates Scholar and a PhD candidate in the Centre for Film and Screen Studies. Her interests are situated across disciplines and include postcolonial cinema and geopolitics, filmmaking in Africa and its diasporas, women’s filmmaking, costume studies, cinematic embodiment and material cultures. Her training is in film theory and practice. She hold an MPhil in Film and Screen Studies from the University of Cambridge, and a BA in Film and Media Production from the University of Cape Town.


Alexandra's doctoral thesis explores costume and material culture in African and Afro-diasporan cinemas, with a particular emphasis on works by women filmmakers and visual artists. This follows on from her MPhil research, which focused on recent work by North African and Lebanese female filmmakers.


Magdalene College Graduate Tutor’s Research Fund Grant (2020)

Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages Fieldwork Research Grant (2018)

Gates Cambridge Academic Development Fund Grant (2019)

Gates Cambridge Scholarship (2018)

Cecil Renaud Educational & Charitable Trust Overseas Scholarship (2017)

Johan Berg Historia Award from the Journal of the Historical Association of South Africa (2016)

University of Cape Town Honours Council Bursary (2013 – 2015)

Jane Stadler Book Prize for Media (2013)


From 2019-2021, Alexandra will be supervising final-year undergraduate students on the Tripos Part II paper CS6: European film. She will also be lecturing on anticolonial cinemas in Africa for IL1: Ibero-American Cinema. Previously, at the University of Cape Town, she tutored first-year undergraduate students in the Centre for Film & Media Studies, in Analysing Film and Television and Media and Society.

Conference papers

‘Fashioning Empire: Race and the Politics of the Surface in Claire Denis’ Chocolat (1988)’ Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Denver, United States, 2020. Postponed due to COVID-19.

‘Framing the Spectral: Corporeality and Mediation in the Early Cinema’, Spiral Film and Philosophy Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2019.

‘Dancing out of time – an archaeological, inter-generational look at contemporary Maghrebi and Arabic female-directed films’, University of Cambridge, 2018.


‘Fashioning African Screen Worlds: La Noire De… (1966) and Les Saignantes (2005)’, ERC funded project, African Screen Worlds, edited collection (in progress), due 2021.

Other activities and roles

Alexandra is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS), and a volunteer for the Cambridge African Film Festival.