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MemberTemenuga Trifonova

Temenuga Trifonova is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at York University. She is the author of The Figure of the Migrant in Contemporary European Cinema (2020), Warped Minds: Cinema and Psychopathology (2014) and The Image in French Philosophy (2007), and editor/contributor of Screening the Art World (forthcoming in 2021), Contemporary Visual Culture and the Sublime (2017) and European Film Theory (2008). Her articles have appeared in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Film Theory, Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving ImageCinema & CieCTheory, SubStance, Space and Culture, Rivista di EsteticaStudies in Comics, The European Journal of American Culture, Studies in European Cinema, Cineaste, Film and Philosophy, CineAction, Scope, Postmodern Culture etc. In 2018/2019 she was Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at Le Studium Center for Advanced Studies in France.

MemberJoel Neville Anderson

Joel Neville Anderson is Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and Film at Purchase College, State University of New York. He earned a PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, and is expanding his dissertation on the aesthetic and political dimensions of self-documentary works produced in community media spaces into a book manuscript. Research and teaching encompass cinema and media studies, with specialties in experimental film and video, film festival studies, and Japanese cinema, with a critical focus on works exploring the mediation of self and environment in the neoliberal era. Dr. Anderson’s writing appears in publications such as Studies in Documentary Film, Millennium Film Journal, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Afterimage, Hyperallergic, Senses of Cinema, Film on the Faultline, and the Routledge Handbook of Japanese Cinema. He has received grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Flaherty Seminar, Signal Culture, and Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In addition to teaching theory, history, and film/video production courses at SUNY Purchase, the New School, and University of Rochester, he has taught workshops at Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), Museum of the Moving Image, and Jacob Burns Film Center. He curates JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film, the largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema in North America, produces The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies podcast, and previously served as Managing Editor and Editorial Board Member of InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture. He is based in New York City.

MemberMartha Shearer

Martha Shearer’s research interests are in cinema and urban studies, particularly the relationship between processes of urban development and cinematic modes of representation; American cinema, from the coming of sound to the present; genre, especially the musical, romantic comedy, and horror; and gender, both in terms of representation and women’s authorship and creative labour. Her book New York City and the Hollywood Musical: Dancing in the Streets, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016, develops an innovative understanding of the spatiality of the musical, grounding close readings of films in the history and geography of both New York and the film industry. It argues that at its peak the musical was a prime vehicle for the idealization of urban density and that the transformation that New York underwent after World War II constituted a major challenge to the genre’s representational strategies, leading to its eventual decline. Her current research focuses on real estate and contemporary American cinema and television, particularly since 2008, exploring the ways in which real estate and its logics underpin both media industries and various forms of contemporary American film and media texts. She is also co-editing two books. Musicals at the Margins: Genre, Boundaries Canons, co-edited with Julie Lobalzo Wright, focuses on films and media at the margins and boundaries of the musical genre in a range of historical and global contexts and seeks to rework not only theories of the musical but also theories of genre more broadly. Women and New Hollywood, co-edited with Aaron Hunter, focuses on women’s creative labour in American cinema of the 1970s, recuperating the labour of women working as directors and other creative roles, but also considering how attention to that labour challenges the thoroughly masculinist understanding of that period of American cinema and reframes theories of women’s authorship. This latter project is based on a conference held at Maynooth University in 2018.

MemberRobin Visser

My research focuses on modern Chinese, Taiwanese, and Sinophone literatures, visual culture, urban studies, and environmental studies.  My current research analyzes relational ontologies within Sinophone eco-literature.  The project was motivated by conclusions in my book, Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China (Duke University Press, 2010), which analyzes urban planning, fiction, cinema, art, and cultural studies in the People’s Republic of China at the turn of the 21st century. I have also translated essays and fiction by Chinese and Taiwanese intellectuals. I was a National Humanities Center Fellow in 2017-18 in support of my current book project, Bordering Chinese Eco-Literatures (1980-2020). I teach courses on Chinese Science Fiction, Chinese Environmental Literature, Narrative Ethics in Modern China, Writing Women in Modern China, City in Modern Chinese Literature and Cinema, Indigenous Ecologies in Sinophone Literatures.

MemberAlex Pavey

I am an early career researcher currently working as a research assistant at the University of Portsmouth on the Supernatural Cities project – an interdisciplinary network of humanities and social science scholars of urban environments and the supernatural. Prior to this, I was a doctoral candidate and postgraduate teaching assistant in the Department of English at University College London, where I recently completed my thesis, ‘Crime, Space and Disorientation in the Literature and Cinema of Los Angeles’. My doctoral research focuses on the culture and history of Los Angeles, examining both genre texts (detective fiction, the police novel and film noir) and African-American literature and cinema. It is particularly concerned with the psychology and mobility of individual protagonists as they navigate the city’s complex topography – its diverse neighbourhoods, jurisdictional borders, and racial and social boundaries. More broadly, my research interests lie in twentieth-century literature and film, urban theory, mobility studies and the history of criminalistics, and I have articles published or forthcoming on Raymond Chandler, David Lynch, Aldous Huxley and Henri Bergson.