PhD Research Profiles

  • Neta Alexander

    Techno-rage: On Demand Culture and its Disconnects

    My interdisciplinary doctoral research studies the gradual and often unrecognized ways in which digital technologies reshape subjectivity and habitual behavior in the 21st century. It explores just how deep and troubling is the paradox by which the more digital systems fail us, the stronger our dependency on them grows.

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  • Gianni Barchiesi

    How the perceptual experience of cinema echoes our lives as perceivers in action

    The purpose of this dissertation is to 1) explore and describe the general qualities of our perceptual experiences of cinema through the tools of the enactive theory of perception, and 2) to use said qualities to present the type of perceptual experience that cinema can afford us as specific of this medium.

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  • Lukas Brasiskis

    Between Two Regimes of Historicity: Materiality and Chronotopes of Memory in Post-Soviet Eastern European Films and Video Art

    In my dissertation I hypothesize that an emphasis on material constituents of a cinematic chronotope enables us to re-examine and re-consider historical and mnemonic changes in Eastern Europe as they are represented on screen. Instead of focusing on representations of dominant historical narratives, in my research I pay attention to roles images of material and non-human agents play in fiction, non-fiction and experimental films produced in the period of the Soviet-to-post-Soviet transition.

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  • Nathaniel Brennan

    Film Theory and Wartime Intelligence: Research and Analysis at the Museum of Modern Art Film Library during World War II

    My research focuses on the social, cultural, and intellectual histories of cinema in the United States during the first half of the twentieth century. My dissertation explores the collaboration between the Museum of Modern Art Film Library and the federal government to derive useful intelligence from (primarily) captured enemy cinema during World War II.

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  • Ting-Wu Cho

    Taiwan Pulp! The Emergence and Consumption of The Trans-Asian Exploitation Film (1970s-1980s)

    The research investigates the emergence of "Taiwan pulp," a group of low-budget exploitation films that contested the state censorship with the sensational, and its relationship with cinema cultures and industries in various Asian countries as a consequence of the geopolitics of the Cold War.

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  • Tanya Goldman

    Tom Brandon & American Nontheatrical Film Culture, 1931-68

    My research broadly focuses on mid-twentieth century nonfiction film and its history as a mode of political and cultural practice. My dissertation considers these questions via the career of American nontheatrical film distributor Tom Brandon, an influential figure behind documentary, educational, and art film circulation from the 1930s to 1970s.

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  • Bruno Guarana

    The Intersectional Nation: Negotiating Cultural Citizenship in Contemporary Brazilian Media

    My dissertation is concerned with the ways in which cultural citizenship is performed, claimed, and negotiated in contemporary Brazilian media, enabling the cultural expression and political empowerment of minority identity groups.

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  • Linnéa Hussein

    Documenting Schizophrenia: The Scientific Gaze, Personal Testimonies, and Medical Training

    The aim of this dissertation is to explore how the images, performances, and narratives of schizophrenia we find in clinical representations often resonate with fictional or aestheticized sources.

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  • Jasper Lauderdale

    Black radical alterity and the decolonizing of space and time in speculative film and media practice: Beyond the final frontier

    My dissertation seeks to illumine the oppositional, resistant, subversive and utopian aesthetic strategies embedded and deployed in black speculative art practice, in particular those works that foreground the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality to imagine alternate pasts, presents and futures.

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  • Rochelle Miller

    Hollywood's Ballyhoo Boys and Girls: Movie Promotional Strategies of the Studio-Era

    My dissertation asserts that Hollywood movie marketing campaigns of the studio-era proved key to the articulation of film culture in the US. My research focuses on specific movie promotional strategies executed between the years 1930 to 1948.

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  • Adam Segal

    Quality TV in the Multichannel Era

  • Priyanjali Sen

    The Literary influence on Bengali cinema (1947-67)

    The dissertation focuses on the formulation of a literary poetics of Bengali cinema, based on the influence of Bengali literature and literary culture in shaping and defining post-independence Bengali cinema (1947-67).

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  • Justin Shanitkvich

    A Phenomenology of Taste in the Moving Image

    The aim of this dissertation is to illuminate the ways in which audiovisual media may stimulate or simulate a bodily taste response. I explore this dimension of what is largely film and television consumption with regard to a variety of practices, from animation to the European and American avant-garde and beyond.

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  • Raymond Tsang

    Wu/xia: law Outside of Law - Socio-cultural History of Martial Arts Cinemas from the 1950s to the Early 70s

    The research will shed light on those understudied Hong Kong martial arts films from 1950s to the early 1970s. It argues martial arts cinema and other cultural practices in that period paved the way to contributing the myth of maintaining law and order, and stability and prosperity in the mid 1970s - making the core value of Hong Kong from which spawned the predicament of postcolonial Hong Kong.

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  • Sylvie Vitaglione

    On site: Location Shooting in Contemporary Screendance

    Sylvie Vitaglione's dissertation investigates location shooting and site-specific choreographic practices in contemporary dance films.

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