Sites of Cinema

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“Sites of Cinema” takes a new approach to the question of cinema at the moment when cinema is said to be in decline, even in some accounts said to be facing its “death.” At this moment, when are focused on a convergence of moving image forms into a single delivery system we take up divergence over convergence, a divergence. Alternative to André Bazin’s question “What is Cinema?” “Sites of Cinema” will ask “Where is Cinema?” Where has it been seen to be and where will it be spaced in the future—as theoretical construct, national culture, material object, artistic work, social practice and space of exhibition. Cinema has moved and is still moving—from theatrical stages to museum walls, in and on buildings as well as within historical nations and regions of the world. “Sites of Cinema” signals our interest in site-specific cinemas plural but also cinema as a total apparatus—the “cinema of the mind” for the mass audience.

Jane Gaines
Professor of Film, Columbia University

Rob King
Associate Professor of Film, Columbia University 

Professor Debashree Mukherjee

Denise Mok


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




10/27/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Panel Discussion of New Book and Book-Signing: Film History as Media Archaeology - Tracking Digital Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2016)
Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam and Columbia University

Respondent: Charles Musser, Yale University

Respondent: Noam Elcott, Columbia University

Respondent: Nicholas Baer, Purchase College, SUNY

Notes: Joint meeting with the University Seminar on Theory and History of Media
11/17/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
"Photography in Sound:" The Roots of the Radio Feature and its Revival in the Digital Era
Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Respondent: William Boddy, Baruch College, CUNY

12/01/2016 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
Introduction to Melodrama Unbound
Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley

Christine Gledhill, University of Sunderland

Respondent: Anupama Kapse, The Graduate Center, CUNY

01/26/2017 International Affairs Building, Room 707, Columbia University
7:30 PM
The Postwar Queer Avant-Garde Cinema
Ron Gregg, Yale University

Respondent: Jim L Hoberman, Columbia University

02/23/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
After the Dark: Researching the French Resistance on Film
Sylvie Lindeperg, University of Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne

Respondent: Stuart Liebman, Queens College, CUNY

03/30/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
The Body, the Technical Object and the Moving Image
Christa Blümlinger, University of Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris

Respondent: Jerome Game, Columbia University

04/13/2017 Faculty House, Columbia University
7:30 PM
#100 Hard Truths about Fake News: Building a primer in digital media literacy
Alexandra Juhasz, Brooklyn College, CUNY

Respondent: Faye Ginsburg, New York University