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.

Professor Cynthia Lucia

Professor William Luhr

James Wham

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




09/07/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
An evening with David Chase: The creator of The Sopranos talks about art and life in the entertainment industry, in conversation with Martha Nochimson
David Chase, Film and Television Writer, Director, and Producer

Martha Nochimson, Mercy College and the David Lynch Graduate School of Cinematic Arts

10/26/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Postcards From Tora Bora: Animation, Documentary, and the Contemporary Art of War
Karen Redrobe, University of Pennsylvania

Respondent: Rosalyn Deutsche, Barnard College, Columbia University

11/16/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Zionism and Zombies: New Israeli Horror Films
Neta Alexander, New York University

12/07/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Cineaste on Film Criticism, Programming, and Preservation in the New Millennium
Cynthia Lucia, Rahul Hamid, Gary Crowdus, Robert Cashill, Roy Grundmann, Christopher Sharrett & Jared Rapfogel, Cineaste

Notes: Panel Includes:
Cynthia Lucia, Rider University, and Rahul Hamid, NYU, Cineaste Editorial Board members, co-moderators
Gary Crowdus, Cineaste Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Robert Cashill, Cineaste Editorial Board and
Roy Grundmann, Cineaste Contributing Editor, Boston University
Christopher Sharrett, Cineaste Contributing Writer, Seton Hall University
Jared Rapfogel, Cineaste Associate Editor and Anthology Film Archives Programmer
01/18/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Finding ‘A James Whale Production’ in Both Archive and Text: Adaptation, Censorship, Marital Rape and Queer Authorship in One More River (1934)
Joe McElhaney, Hunter College, CUNY

02/08/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Pastiche or Critique: Re-Working the Canonical Avant-Garde, and the Female Body
Vera Dika, New Jersey City University

Respondent: Anne M. Kearn, SUNY Purchase

03/08/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Doris Wishman: The Accidental Auteur, or Do “Bad” Movies Body Forth the Cinema’s Concrete Universal?
Michael Bowen, Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY) and Rutgers University

Respondent: Drake Stutesman, New York University and Framework, The Journal of Cinema and Media

04/05/2018 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:00 PM
Get Out! Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Now: The Black Body and Scientific Materialism
Ed Guerrero, New York University

Respondent: Paula J. Massood, Brooklyn College, CUNY