Iggy Cortez is a Mellon Assistant Professor in Cinema & Media Arts. His research and teaching interests include world art cinemas, critical race studies, the visual and sensory culture of digital media, and questions of sexuality, cinematic performance and embodiment.
He is currently at work on a book project on nighttime in world cinema that looks at the relationship between cinematically-perception and the affective and sensory dimensions of the historical present through films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Leos Carax, Claire Denis, Barry Jenkins, and Tsai Ming-liang. His article "Licking for the Nation: Auntie Genealogies in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Rak ti Khon Kaen” is forthcoming in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies.
He was the co-curator with Charlotte Ickes of Itinerant Belongings featuring the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Yael Bartana, William Pope.L and Krzysztof Wodiczko among other artists at the Slought Foundation and Addams Gallery, as well as Reenactor, a 72-hour continuous screening and installation by William Pope.L at The Slought Foundation. He has also curated film series on representations of murder and nocturnal travels at The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the histories and afterlives of “race films” for the Penn Humanities Forum. Most recently, he served as the faculty advisor for the Tri-Co Film Festival at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.