Gemma Edney

Personal details






University of Exeter

PhD Film

Working Title: "Sounding the Silence: Voicing Girlhood in Contemporary French Cinema."


University of Exeter

MA English Literary Studies (Film Studies Pathway)

Dissertation Title: "'Classical Literature with a Contemporary Music Twist': Pop Music and the Teen Adaptation Film, 1995-2001."


University of Exeter

BA English and French

Dissertation title: "From the Outside In: The Post-War Suburban Landscape and Family Identity in Contemporary American Fiction and Film."

Year abroad (2011-12) spent teaching English in a secondary school in Caen, Basse-Normandie.


Professional/research experience

October 2017:

Organiser, College of Humanities Widening Participation Training

The delivery of a training session for Humanities PGR students interested in undertaking outreach work.

April 2017 - present:

PhD Tutor, The Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club seeks to mobilise the PhD community to engage with state schools and support talented pupils from under-represented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities. As a PhD Tutor with The Scholars Programme, I am responsible for the design and delivery of a series of tutorials based on my own doctoral research, supporting pupils aged 10-18 to develop the knowledge, skills and ambition needed to progress to highly-selective universities.

June 2016:

Conference Co-Organiser - Femmes Créa(c)tives: The Life and Work of Francophone Women in the Arts and Media

This international, interdisciplinary conference seeks to bring together scholars of all fields to explore and celebrate the contribution of women in the creative arts around the Francophone world.

Due to their portrayal in both the media and in popular culture, French women have, for decades, seemed synonymous with progress, liberalism, and feminine agency. In a world where (post)feminism is more and more visible, scholars on both sides of the Channel are increasingly focusing on the work of Francophone women, exploring the interaction between this concept of “agency” and these women as creative figures. What role do gender relations play in the creation and reception of women’s work? Does increasing gender equality in the creative industries affect the impact of, or presence of agency in, women’s creative endeavours? Is a “femme creative” also, by extension, a “femme active,” and what effect does this have? This conference seeks to answer these questions and more by bringing together scholars to investigate the work of women writers, film-makers, artists, journalists and other creatives not only from France, but around the Francophone world, building transnational and transcultural links within the field of Francophone women’s studies.

September 2014 - March 2015:

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Stages 1&2

September 2014 - present:

Exeter University Researcher Development Programme

PGR Training Programme of various workshops and sessions throughout the academic year.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies


Society for French Studies