Juana Suarez

Associate Arts Professor; Director, Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program

Associate Arts Professor Juana Suárez

I combine careers as a scholar, film critic, and media archivist/preservation activist. I hold an MA and a PhD in Latin American Literature (University of Oregon and Arizona State University, 2000) and an MA in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation (New York University, 2013). My research interests include Media Preservation, Film Archives, Media Archeology, Administration of Memory Institutions, Film Studies, Latin American/Latino-a Cinema, Cultural Studies and Literature, Women's and Gender Studies, and Immigration Studies.

I am the author of Sitios de Contienda. Producción Cultural y el Discurso de la Violencia (Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2010), and Cinembargo Colombia. Ensayos críticos sobre cine y cultura colombiana (Universidad del Valle, 2009), published in English by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. I am the co-editor of Humor in Latin American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). Currently, I am forwarding a research project entitled Audiovisual Archives, Cultural History and the Digital Turn in Latin America. The collaborative digital humanities project www.arturita.net tackles some of the needs for active exchange that I have detected while conducting research.  I am also working in another project entitled Memoria Nacional/Movilidad transnacional: la experiencia fílmica colombiana en el extranjero en años recientes, addressing the work of filmmakers Laura Huertas Millán, Camilo Restrepo, Juan Soto, Gonzalo Escobar, Felipe Guerrero, and Nicolás Rincón Gille.

I have been an organizer and a participant in the Archival Exchange Program (APEX) from NYU-MIAP (Colombia, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and Brazil 2013-2018). Before coming to NYU, I held appointments at the University of Kentucky, and at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I also taught courses on Audiovisual Patrimony Administration, and Film Studies at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano and at the School of Film and Television at Universidad Nacional (Bogotá). I coordinated the collectable set of the restored films of Carlos Mayolo, and I have been working on the preservation of Yuruparí, a TV series of ethnographic documentaries about Afro-descendant and indigenous heritage and culture, working with grants from the International Federation of Television Archives (FIAF), and the Colombian Ministry of Culture. Working with Pamela Vizner, we successfully wrote a proposal for Colombian filmmaker Luis Ospina which provided funding for the restoration of nine of his films made on magnetic media (IDARTES, Bogotá 2017).