Cinema and Interdisciplinary Interpretation

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The seminar draws from the faculty of New York-area universities and independent scholars; regular participants come from as far away as Baltimore. Attendance varies from twenty to forty-five people, with thirty being average. Half of the speakers are from within the seminar, half are from outside. They present works in progress that generally address important groundbreaking topics in film and media studies within an inter- disciplinary perspective. Most sessions have a respondent, often a regular member of the seminar. The seminar has an international reputation among film and media scholars and has become the center for ongoing face-to-face scholarly exchanges in the field.

Cynthia Lucia

William Luhr

Ian Adams

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.




09/15/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Desire, Looped: Serial Forms, Material Traces, and the Starlight Peep Show Films
Amy Herzog, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY

Respondent: Dan Streible, New York University

10/20/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
'Deep Desire to Improve Friction': Hollywood and the Making Good of Post-War Occupation
Susan Carruthers, Rutgers University

Respondent: Christopher Sharrett, Seton Hall University

11/10/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Tales of Sound and Fury; or, The Elephant of Melodrama
Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley

Respondent: Krin Gabbard, Columbia University

12/08/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Ethics of Embarrassment in the Films of Ulrich Seidl
Fatima Naqvi, Rutgers University

Respondent: Roy Grundmann, Boston University

01/19/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Archivist as Activist: 40 Years Curating Manuscripts, Film & Ephemera
James D'Arc, Brigham Young University

Respondent: John Calhoun, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

02/09/2017 380 Riverside Drive, Apt. 8C
7:00 PM
Empathy & Transcendence: The Equine Imaginary in Modern Visual Culture
Maria Pramaggiore, Maynooth University

Respondent: Joseph Kickasola, Baylor University

03/09/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
The Origin of the World: Christophe Honoré, Feminism, and The Mother
David Gerstner, College of Staten Island, CUNY

Respondent: Sam Ishii-Gonzales, Brooklyn College, CUNY

04/06/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Transplanting Identities
Chris Straayer, New York University

Respondent: Erica Rand, Bates College