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About Catherine Portuges

Catherine Portuges is Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, Curator of the annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, and served as Graduate Program Director in Comparative Literature from 1995-2009. She was awarded the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Teaching (2010), the Pro Cultura Hungarica Medal (Republic of Hungary, 2009) for her contributions to Hungarian cinema, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2007). Her research interests include Central European and post-communist national cinemas; French and Francophone cinema; memory and Jewish identity; European minorities, migration, and gender; and cinematic representations of the city. Her books include Screen Memories: the Hungarian Cinema of Márta Mészáros (Indiana, 1993) and Cinemas in Transition: Post-socialist East Central Europe (co-edited with Peter Hames, Temple, 2012), and Gendered Subjects (1985, re-issued by Routledge, 2012). Her recent essays have appeared in Cinema's Alchemist: The Films of Péter Forgács (2012); The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe (2012); Blackwell Companion to East European Cinema (2012); and Blackwell Companion to Historical Film (2012); Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies (2011); Projected Shadows: Psychoanalytic Reflections on the Representation of Loss in European Cinema (2009); Texte, Image, Imaginaire (2007), Caméra Politique: Cinéma et Stalinisme (2005); East European Cinemas (2005); and 24 Frames: Central Europe (2005).

She teaches French Film, Cinema and Psyche, and the Dissertation Research Seminar, and is a frequent lecturer at international conferences, an invited programmer, curator, juror and consultant for film festivals and colloquia, and a delegate to international film festivals. She serves on the editorial board of Studies in Eastern European Cinema (UK), Jewish Film and New Media: an International Journal, and AHEA: E-Journal of the American Hungarian Educational Association, and is a member of the Academic Advisory Board, Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies and Consultant for Eastern Europe, European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (UK).


Present Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Professor of Comparative Literature, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Honors and Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities, 1980

Contact Information

Herter Hall, Room 320
161 Presidents Drive
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-5813


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