Justin Shanitkvich

PhD Candidate

Justin Shanitkvich


Title: A Phenomenology of Taste in the Moving Image

Supervisor: Dana Polan

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.


Justin Shanitkvich is a PhD Candidate in Cinema Studies at New York University, where his dissertation focuses on the phenomenological experience of audiovisual media, specifically through the neglected senses of taste and smell. He has taught variously at the University of Washington, NYU, Fordham, Seton Hall, and Ramapo, in subjects ranging from English and Composition to Early Hollywood, Television History, and Communication and Media Studies.