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Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar

This seminar aims to foster dialogue among faculty and graduate students across campus working in film, visual culture, art history, literature, and cultural studies, as well as anyone interested in theories of the image, philosophies of perception, aesthetics and critical theory, media histories, and the history of vision. Seminar coordinators: Jennifer Fay (Cinema & Media Arts and English)  James McFarland (German) and Lutz Koepnick (German and Cinema & Media Arts)

The seminar meets once a month on Fridays (see schedule below) at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. Lunch is provided!!



Pooja Rangan, Amherst College
"Audibilities, or, Listening with Documentary"
Friday Nov. 16, 2018, 12:00- 2:00 
Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar
Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities 



Lisa Gitleman (NYU)

"Emoji Dick and World Communication"

12:00- 2:00 PM, Friday, Jan 19, 2018


Marco Abel (University of Nebraska)

"Is School Out?; or, The Berlin School as Event."

12:00-2:00 PM, Friday, Feb 2, 2018


 Haerin Shin (Vanderbilt University)

"Posthuman Microagression: The Asian"

12:00-2:00 PM, Friday Feb 16,2018


Brian Jacobson

University of Toronto

"Raw Materialism, Refined Form, and The French Art of Oil"

12:00-2:00 PM, Friday March 23,2017




Talks are held at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.


2016-17 Schedule:

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Spring 2017
Friday September 22, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Michael B. Gillespie (City University of New York)
“Death Grips: Film Blackness and Contemporary Cinema”

Spring 2017
Friday, October 20, 12:00- 2:00
Rob King (Columbia University)
“The Revelations of Bill Hicks, or, Rethinking Standup Comedy as a Mode of Social Critique.”

Spring 2017
Friday, December 1, 12:00- 2:00
Joseph Jeon (Pomona College)
"Wire Aesthetics: Tube Entertainment’s Flops and the Protocols of Late US Empire"


Spring 2017


Spring 2017

Fall 2016






Johannes von Moltke 
University of Michigan
"Of Humans and Things: Classical Film Theory as Media Theory"
September 9, 2016
12:00-2:00 p.m.



Davide Panagia 
University of California, Los Angeles
"Sympathy, Solidarity, Montage: The Moviola's Political Ontology"
October 7, 2016
12:00-2:00 p.m.



2015-16 Schedule:

Akira Lippit 
University of Southern California
"Jacques Derrida's Echopoiesis and Narcissism Adrift"
September 25, 2015
11:00-1:00 p.m.

Karla Oeler 
Emory University
"Thinking as Interior Monologue, or Eisenstein and Exteriority”
November 6, 2015
12:00-2:00 p.m

Nick Sousanis 
University of Calgary
"Unflattening: Reimagining Scholarship Through Comics"
December 4, 2015
12:00-2:00 p.m.

J.D. Connor
Yale University
“Hollywood Math after Math: Dataculture and the Obama Era”
March 4, 2016
12:00-2:00 p.m.

Candice Amich
Vanderbilt University
"Neoliberal Repetitions: Regina José Galindo’s Acts of Ritual Violence" 
April 22, 2016
2:00-4:00 p.m.


Daniel Morgan
Cinema and Media Studies
University of Chicago
"The Morals of Style"
Friday, Sept. 12, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.

Andrew V. Uroskie
Modern and Contemporary Art
Stony Brook University, State University of New York
"Site-Specificity and Expanded Cinema: Ken Dewey's Selma Last Year (1966)"
Friday, October 10, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.

Nora Alter
Film and Media Arts
Temple University
"Strange Songs: Lyrical Strains in the Essay Film"
Friday, Dec. 5, 12:00- 2:00 p.m. 

James McFarland

Department of German | Cinema & Media Arts
Vanderbilt University
"From Masses to Swarms: The Zombie Horde and the Mad Element of Biopolitics."
Friday, February 13, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.

Michael Moon
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Emory University 
"Bare Life Revisited:  Senses of Nudity in Pasolini's Arabian Nights and Darger's Realms of the Unreal."
Friday, April 10, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.


Lutz Koepnick (Department of German and Film, Vanderbilt University)
"Notes on the Long Take: Contemporary Art Cinema and the Wondrous"
Friday, Sept. 27th, 2013

Paul K. Saint-Amour (University of Pennsylvania) Karen Beckman (University of Pennsylvania).
"The Visual Culture of Warfare"
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

Lesley Stern (Department of Visual Arts, UC-San Diego)
"Can the Cinema Think (and Feel) Like a Thing?"
Friday, November 8, 2013

Ackbar Abbas (Department of Comparative Literature, UC- Irvine)
Junk Space, "Dogville," and Poor Theory
Friday, December 6, 2013 


Andrea Mirabile (Department of French and Italian, VU)
"Multimedia Archaeologies: D'Annunzio, Belle Epoque Paris, and the Total Artwork"
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012

Alison Griffiths (Media Studies, Baruch College, CUNY)
"Prison, Cinema, and the Senses:  The Social and Psychic Experience of Film Behind Bars"
Friday, November 16, 2012

Jan Mieszkowski (Department of German and Humanities, Reed College)
"Watching War"
Friday, December 7, 2012

Jonathan Flatley (Department of English, Wayne State University)
"Andy Warhol's Skin Problems"
Friday, Jan 25, 2013

Gregg Horowitz (Professor and Chair of Social Science, Pratt Institute)
"A Made-To-Order Witness: Women's Knowledge in Vertigo"
Friday, Feb. 15, 2013

Amanda Boetzkes (Department of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Guelph)
"Plastic Vision, Oil, Objectivity"
Friday, March 15, 2013


Justus Nieland (English and Film Studies, Michigan State University)
"Sensible Atmospheres, Plastic Worlds: In the Modernism of Expanded Cinema"
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011

Euginie Brinkema (Department of Literature, MIT)
"Horror is a Problem of a Line: Intermittency, Dismay, Anxiety"
Friday, Dec. 8, 2011

Zahid Chaudhary (Department of English, Princeton University)
"What Difference does Difference Make?: Adorno, Mimesis, and the Picturesque in India"
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

Jacques Khalip (Department of English, Brown University)
Workshop on Releasing the Image
Friday, Jan 27, 2012

David Clark (English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University)
"Animal, Atrocity, Witness"
Friday, March 16, 2012