Eszter Simor, Ph.D.

Eszter Simor photo

Eszter Simor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Film

Email: eszter.simor@shsu.edu
Office: DRCB 328


Faculty & Staff

Qualifications

PH.D. FILM STUDIES
The University of Edinburgh, UK
Absurd Black Humour as Social Criticism in Contemporary European Cinema

M.A. FILM STUDIES
Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) Budapest, Hungary
Texts and Sounds in Béla Tarr films

M.A. ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE – MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION: ELTE
Specialization in 20th century English Literature
The “Victims” of Stanley Kubrick’s Adaptations: 20th Century English Utopias on Screen
Specialization in Journalism
Contemporary Critical Writing in Hungary

B.A. FILM THEORY AND FILM HISTORY: ELTE
“Adaptation-Evolution” in Stanley Kubrick’s Films
Minor: Philosophy of Art

FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Academic Appointments

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY | DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION: FILM STUDIES
Visiting Assistant Professor | Houston, TX | Jan 2020 - ongoing

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH | SCHOOL OF LITERATURES, LANGUAGES & CULTURES: FILM STUDIES
Teaching Assistant | Edinburgh, UK | 2017-2019

Courses Taught

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY | DEPARTMENT OF MASS COMMUNICATION: FILM STUDIES
• Film Appreciation
• Film Appreciation Online
• Film History
• Media Practicum: Film
• Writing for Mass Media

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH | SCHOOL OF LITERATURES, LANGUAGES & CULTURES: FILM STUDIES
• Introduction to European Cinema

Awards

RECIPIENT OF THE ARTS & HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL (AHRC) DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP
Edinburgh, UK | 2017-2019
AHRC Mission Statement: The AHRC supports high-quality Ph.D. students working in the best research and training environments. These students will form the next generation of researchers and skilled professionals.

Academic Publications and Journal Review

STUDIES IN EUROPEAN CINEMA, PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL
Author | Irony, Sexism and Magic in Paolo Sorrentino's Films
• Routledge | 02 Sep 2017, Vol.14(3), p. 200-215

ASIAN CINEMA, PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL
Author | Korea-wood’s Melancholic Horror-Thrillers
• Accepted for publication, writing corrections

STUDIES IN EUROPEAN CINEMA, PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL
Reviewer | Edinburgh, UK | Oct 2017 - ongoing
• Selected by the journal’s editor to review manuscripts submitted for publication

FILM-PHILOSOPHY, PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL
Copy - editor | Edinburgh, UK | 2017-2019
• Selected by PhD thesis director to edit articles submitted to this open-access academic journal

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Assistant copy - editor
• Prof. Karen Fang: Arresting Cinema: Surveillance in Hong Kong Film (Stanford University Press, 2017)
• Prof. Karen Fang: Surveillance in Asian Cinema: Under Eastern Eyes (Routledge Press, 2017)

Conferences

FILM-PHILOSOPHY CONFERENCE
University of Gothenburg
Sweden | 2018
Magic and Irony as Subversive Political Engagement in Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer

NECS CONFERENCE
University of Amsterdam
Netherlands, 2018
The Absurd as Subversive Political Engagement in Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope

SCOTTISH GRADUATE SCHOOL FOR ARTS & HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM,
University of Glasgow
UK, 2018
Alienation and the Absurd as Subversive Engagement in Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope

Guest Lectures

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
Wonderworks 2016, 2017, 2018
Worked with Keith Houk, Assistant Professor at UH. Gave lectures at a film appreciation program that provides Houston-area high school students with pre-college summer learning experiences in arts, literature and media

UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
WIP Seminar 2017
Irony, Sexism and Magic in Paolo Sorrentino's Films

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON
2016
Prof. Karen Fang’s Surveillance Cinema seminar: The Aesthetics of Surveillance in European Films

Film Festival Programming and Community Outreach

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS HOUSTON (MFAH) | FILM DEPARTMENT
Guest presenter / Moderator | 2017 - ongoing
• Introduce films, moderate post-screening discussions, write introductory notes for screened films
Curatorial Fellow | 2017, 2018
• Conducted interviews with filmmakers and developed programming for series and festivals

WOMEN IN FILM AND TELEVISION HOUSTON (WIFT)
Moderator – Women Make Film | Houston, TX | Feb 2021
• Asked by WIFT President Trish Rigdon to moderate monthly discussions at the screening of
the 14-part documentary film series Women Make Film (Mark Cousins, 2018)

YOUTH LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (YLS) | SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL | RICE UNIVERSITY
Member of the Jury Panel (Filmmakers Track) | Houston, TX | Jul 2019
• Judged documentary short films created by aspiring professionals

NEWS FROM HOME FILM FESTIVAL
Curator and Organizer | Edinburgh, UK | Nov 2018
• This student-led initiative featured a selection of films showing the unique effects of globalization on cultures and individuals. Curated films, obtained screening rights, secured
guest appearances, and led interactive talks

SCREENING EUROPE SERIES (2018, 2019) | FILMHOUSE
Assistant Curator and Presenter | Edinburgh, UK
• Selected and introduced films

TITANIC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2012, 2013, 2014) | BUDAPEST, HUNGARY
Moderator, Assistant Organizer, Guide, Translator
• Moderated filmmaker Q&As, coordinated guest appearances, managed festival logistics

Film Criticism

FILMVILÁG, FILM MAGAZINE
Film Journalist | Budapest, Hungary | Apr 2014 - ongoing
Founded in 1958, FILMVILÁG is Hungary’s most prestigious print film magazine
• Write film and festival reviews, conduct interviews
• Covered the SXSW festival, the Berlin Int’l Film Festival and the Edinburgh Int’l Film Festival

INCITING SPARKS | THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, INTERDISCIPLINARY MULTIMEDIA PLATFORM
Writer | Edinburgh, UK | 2016-2019
• Inciting Sparks is an interdisciplinary multimedia platform that works to expand the impact of graduate research

MOVIEPILOT.COM
Writer | Berlin, Germany | Oct 2013 - Feb 2014
• Provided written editorial and breaking news content for the website (40 million visitors/month)

Curriculum Vitae