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MemberIsabel Seguí

(Spanish below) I am a feminist film historian with a focus on the Andes (Peru and Bolivia). More than the movies themselves, I am interested in the processes that allow them to live, so I research the whole life cycle of the films, from their ideation to their reception. I advocate a non-hierarchical, non-authoritarian and non-patriarchal approach to the study of social, political, precarious and collaborative cinema, which is why I consider that management, circulation, reception and archiving are activities that should be investigated systematically. Soy una historiadora feminista del cine hecho en los Andes (Perú y Bolivia). Más que las películas en sí, me interesan los procesos que permiten que éstas vivan, por ello investigo todo el ciclo de vida de los filmes, desde su ideación hasta su recepción.  Abogo por una aproximación no jerárquica, no autorista y no patriarcal al estudio del cine social, político, precario y colaborativo por ello considero que la gestión, la circulación, la recepción y el archivo son actividades que deben ser investigadas sistemáticamente.

MemberAgata Lulkowska

Interdisciplinary researcher, photographer and filmmaker. Agata Lulkowska holds a practice-based PhD in film and Latin American studies from Birkbeck, University of London. Her research focuses on the politics of visual representation among the Arhuaco community from Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. She used collaborative filmmaking as a method. Lulkowska also holds Master’s Degree in Film and Media Studies at Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, unfinished MA in Film Direction at Silesian University, Katowice, Poland, and a First Class Honours degree in Digital Media Arts at London South Bank University. Alongside her research work, she actively exhibits her visual work in wide international circles such as Tokyo, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, London, Bologna. Lulkowska’s research addresses questions of representation, otherness, and intercultural communication. She is particularly interested in the way film and video circulate in international circles, and how the aspect of communication transcends the cultural barriers. She lived and worked on three different continents, and she is trilingual.

MemberBonita Rhoads

Bonita Rhoads specializes in nineteenth-century British and American literature and culture. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2009 with a dissertation entitled, “Frontiers of Privacy: The Domestic Enterprise of Modern Fiction,” a study which explores the vital influence of domestic ideology and domestic fiction on modern literary history. Her research interests focus on the experience of modernization and on the nineteenth-century genres that shape and reflect it, including domestic fiction, Gothic literature, crime fiction, Victorian sexology and pornography. While presently revising her dissertation as a book, she has published articles in Pragensia Literaria and in the American journals, Women’s Studies, Poe Studies, Jouvert, and The Henry James Review. Her article, “Poe’s Genre Crossing: From Domesticity to Detection” won the Poe Studies Association’s 2009 Gargano Award for the best scholarly essay on Poe published in a given year. She is co-editor of a volume of collected essays on the work of Serbian filmmaker, Dušan Makavejev, Mysteries of Makavejev: Eros, Ideology, Montage, forthcoming from Litteraria Pragensia Books in February 2014. She has presented research at many international conferences; most recently, she was a panelist for the International Virginia Woolf Society as well as the Poe Studies Association at the 2011 MLA convention in Los Angeles and a panelist for the Nathaniel Hawthorne Society at the 2013 MLA convention in Boston.

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.

MemberTracy J. Prince

Historian Tracy Prince, Ph.D. is a Research Professor at Portland State University’s American Indian Teacher Program (in Curriculum & Instruction), a Fulbright Specialist (Malta), and the author of numerous books. She has spent over two decades teaching in Turkey, Canada, and the United States, with extensive research time in England, Australia, South Africa, and France. She researches, teaches, and writes about race, gender, and social equity issues. Dr. Prince loves to sing, dig around in archives, and talk to folks about the olden days.

MemberMiriam Tola

Miriam Tola is assistant professor in Environmental Humanities at the University of Lausanne. She specializes in feminist and decolonial theory, political ecology and the study of activist and aesthetic practices for gender, racial and environmental justice. Her current book project focuses on the potential of the commons as path for making futures in the ruins of extractive capitalism. Her articles on the Anthropocene, the politics of the commons and the rights of nature have appeared in journals such as Theory & Event, South Atlantic Quarterly, Feminist Review, Environmental Humanities and Studi Culturali.