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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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  • Hadi Gharabaghi

    Governing by Documentary: Syracuse Audiovisual Mission in Iran and the Region in 1950s, A Genealogy of Cultural Diplomacy

    This dissertation investigates institutionalization of documentary and audiovisual apparatus in 1950s in Iran, specifically, and the larger region by cultural foot soldiers of various American universities under a contract between Syracuse University and bi-national groups of government officials as a genealogical case study of Cold War cultural diplomacy.

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  • Tanya Goldman

    Radical Distribution: Tom Brandon, Alternative Film, and American Culture, 1931-1968

    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 and art film circulation from the 1930s to 1970s.

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  • Leo Goldsmith

    The Fragmented Screen: Found Footage, Image Circulation, and Media Materiality

    My research examines the ways in which found footage constitutes a sustained discourse about the role of the moving-image in the constitution and shaping of everyday experience, one carried out through an investigation of the evolving materiality of its media.

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  • Zoe Graham

    Transnational Rouch: Documentary Film Training, Pedagogy and Ethics

    My dissertation explores anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch’s transnational legacy, through the Ateliers Varan global documentary film school, with a focus on its work in Mozambique and Brazil.

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  • Bruno Guarana

    From the Margins: Negotiating Cultural Citizenship through Contemporary Brazilian Media

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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

    Afrofuturism 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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  • Kartik Nair

    The Bombay Horror Film (1977–1992): Genre Pictures, Media Infrastructures and Global Popular Culture in 1980s’ India

    My dissertation ‘The Bombay Horror Film’ is about the production, regulation, and exhibition of low-budget horror films made in the Bombay film industry between the late 1970s and the early 1990s.

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  • Adam Segal

    Quality TV in the Multichannel Era

  • Priyanjali Sen

    The Influence of Literary Culture on post-independence Bengali Cinema (1947-67)

    My dissertation focuses on the formulation of a literary poetics of Bengali cinema, based on the role of early twentieth century Bengali 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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  • Negar Taymoorzadeh

    Transnational Melodrama: South-to-South Cartographies across the Middle East and South Asia

    My dissertation focuses on the historical interconnections between Egyptian Golden Age melodrama, Turkey’s Arabesk Cinema, Iran’s pre-revolutionary popular Cinema (FilmFarsi), and popular Hindi cinema.

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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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  • Jaap Verheul

    Identity Soup: Producing Popular Cinema in a Europe of Many

    My dissertation demonstrates that, by the early 2000s, the European Union’s (EU) audiovisual policies, designed to establish a supra-national framework for film production and distribution, increasingly reflected the antagonism between the unification, and deregulation, of the EU’s audiovisual sector and the cultural and economic sovereignty of its member states.

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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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