Swagato Chakravorty is a Ph.D. candidate in History of Art and Film and Media Studies (combined) at Yale University. He works at the interstices of screen practices, screen architectures, and spectatorial encounters with the work of art. Related interests include aesthetics and the philosophy of art; canons, archives, and institutions; modernism, modernity, and the moving image; and the global dimensions of modern and contemporary art. He is currently researching a dissertation focusing on moving-image art and practices of the past twenty-five years by artists from the global South, which challenges Western modernist narratives of expanded cinema and introduces new lines of thinking about expanded cinema in the twenty-first century.
Jonathan Devine graduated with an honors degree in French from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2012, and then completed his M.A. in French Language and Literature from Miami University in Ohio in 2015. He is in his second year of a Ph.D. in Film Studies with a concentration in French at the University of Pittsburgh, which he is completing alongside certificates in Cultural Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. His primary research interests include trans* representation in film, as well as the relation between documentary and fiction. He recently presented on the early history of documentary at the Long Beach Indie Film Festival in California.
James N. Gilmore is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. He is currently completing his dissertation, Knowing the Everyday: Wearable Technologies and the Informatic Domain. Publications related to this research have appeared in Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Television and New Media, and New Media and Society. He is co-editor of the anthologies Superhero Synergies: Comic Book Characters Go Digital (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014) and the forthcoming Orson Welles in Focus: Texts and Contexts (Indiana University Press, 2018).
Hector Gonzales is an MA candidate in the Radio-Television-Film department at the University of Texas at Austin. His research is focused on cultural and social issues in film and television including gender, globalization, and industry studies, with a particular focus on Martial Arts cinema. His research draws closely on his experience in film production. After receiving his Bachelor in film production as a 2006 UT-RTF graduate he has worked as a stunt performer and fight choreographer on over 20 feature, short, and graduate films including the first 3D graduate student thesis film in the country, 2016’s award-winning Hard Reset 3D. He is currently completing his thesis No Stunt Doubles! No Wires! No CGI!: A Comparative Study of Thai, Indonesian, and American Martial Arts Cinema, which will delve into the human cost of groundbreaking stunt and action sequences.
Katherine Johnson is a PhD Candidate at Indiana University specializing in Film & Media Studies in the Department of Communication and Culture. She earned her BA in Communication Arts: Radio-Television-Film from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2010 and her MA in Cinema Studies at New York University in 2014. Her research broadly focuses on film and media history, gender, and genre; and more specifically explores the representation of women and femininity within the Western genre.
Jonathan Joy is a media maker, video artist, sound designer, and educator based in Buffalo, NY. His research explores a spectatorial model that enacts the concept of “liveness” in the emerging genre of Live Cinema. His investigation into this field of study includes aspects of random access audiovisual performances, fragmented spaces and transcendence of artifice within the environment of “liveness.” The primary focus is of engagement, intersection, identity, performance errors, and visceral pleasure of the spectator. He is curious about the unique moments of rupture in a performance which observes bodily recognition, self-perception, interface, performance as encounter/event, spectator convergence (with performer), and communicative exchanges (based on moving images, sounds and temporality). In addition, his research aims to give consideration to the fragmented relational spaces that challenge the traditional cinematic environment. His 2017 experimental multi-channel installation and live score performance Set Aside the Cobwebs in the Sky (Gently Open Your Eyes to Sleep) based on four movements addresses themes of fragmentation, anti-nostalgia, identity, masculinity, grief, powerlessness, and the lasting reside of the past. Joy is currently an MFA candidate in Media Study at the University at Buffalo.
Brett Kashmere is a media artist, historian, and curator living in Oakland, California. His research explores issues of history and (counter-) memory, sports, and popular culture. His 2006 video essay, Valery’s Ankle, examined the spectacle of hockey violence in North American media and its contrast to the “polite Canadian” stereotype. From Deep (2013) focused on the merger of basketball and hip hop culture in the mid-1980s and the rise of Michael Jordan as the world’s first corporate branded athlete. His present work addresses the intersecting arcs of American football’s concussion crisis, the sports media company NFL Films, and the fading of celluloid film manufacturing. Kashmere is currently a PhD student in Film + Digital Media at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is also the founding editor of INCITE: Journal of Experimental Media.
Wentao Ma is an MA candidate and Faculty Research Assistant of Film and Media Studies Program at Columbia University. His research interest is mainly focused on media ecology, body politics and national ideology, and feminism and popular culture. Wentao has also participated in a number of graduate conferences, hosted by City University of New York, Columbia University, University of Oxford, and Yale University.
Laurel V. McLaughlin is a doctoral student in the History of Art department at Bryn Mawr College. She earned a BA in the History of Art and English from Wake Forest University (2013), an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art (2015), and an MA from Bryn Mawr College (2017). Her research focuses on contemporary performance that engages theories of identity, embodiment, and feminism. She recently published interviews with performance artists Tanja Ostojić and Tímea Oravecz for the 17th Serbian Biennial exhibition catalog and has a forthcoming article in Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture concerning animal performance in Pierre Huyghe’s video work. In addition to her research, she is currently a Bryn Mawr College McPherson Curatorial Fellow at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts working on the upcoming retrospective “Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World” with Curator of Contemporary Art, Jodi Throckmorton. Laurel has curated a number of exhibitions including “passages,” University of Pennsylvania Incubation Series, FJORD Gallery, Philadelphia (March – April, 2017), “Beyond Boundaries: Feminine Forms,” (September, 2017 – March, 2018), Bryn Mawr College and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and currently, “Fragmentary Excess: Body, Text, Receptacle,” Bryn Mawr College (November – December, 2017).
Thaïs Miller is pursuing her PhD in Literature with a Creative/Critical Writing Concentration at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of the novel Our Machinery (2008) and the collection The Subconscious Mutiny and Other Stories (2009). She received her M.A. in Creative Writing for Social Activism from New York University in 2011 and her B.A. magna cum laude with Honors in Literature from American University in 2009. Thaïs has taught creative writing and literature at UC Berkeley Extension and the Gotham Writers Workshop. She also serves as an editorial reader for Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine, Zoetrope: All-Story, in San Francisco.
Silpa Mukherjee is a research scholar based out of India currently enrolled in the PhD program in Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She has previously submitted her MPhil dissertation titled ‘An Ecology of Sensations: The Item Number of Bombay Cinema’ to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is interested in the legal, affective and pornographic registers of media objects which enter South Asia’s volatile borders as contraband.
LuLing Osofsky is a PhD student in the History of Art and Visual Culture program at UC Santa Cruz. She is interested in multi-genre texts that explore traumatic histories, collective memory and diasporic identity — and how these are inscribed into, or play out across, physical landscapes. LuLing has received fellowships from the Freeman Foundation for East Asian Studies, the Indonesian Ministry of Culture, and a number of artist residencies around the country. She has an MFA in writing from the University of Wyoming, and her writing on race and the environment has appeared in Orion, the Paris Review Daily, and the LA Review of Books outlet The Offing.
Kelsey Phillips is an MA candidate in the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University. She holds a BS in Public Relations from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (2015). Her research interests lie at the intersection of new media technology, big data, cognitive science, and health communication. Kelsey also teaches Introduction to Human Communication at the undergraduate level and is an academic advisor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Abigail Reed is a doctoral student at Florida State University specializing in Media Studies in the Department of Communication. She received her B.A. from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in Motion Picture History, Theory, and Criticism and her master’s degree in Philosophy and Women’s Studies. Her gradate thesis was titled: “The Feminine Sublime in 21st Century Surrealist Cinema.” Her primary area of research interest involves the representation of gender and sexuality outside in binary in contemporary cinema. She also conducts research on the intersection of race, class, and neoliberal rhetoric in popular culture texts.
John W. Roberts is a Ph.D. candidate in Moving Image Studies at Georgia State University. His dissertation research explores the relationship between finance capital, conspiracy, and aesthetics in film, television, and new media in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. His writing has appeared in In Media Res and The Hitchcock Annual, and is forthcoming in InVisible Culture.
Amgad Serour is a Ph.D. student in the French Department at the University of Minnesota. He earned a BA from Cairo University and an MA from Western Ontario in French Studies. He is interested in affective and sensuous spectatorship in transcultural French films dealing with sites of disaster. He looks at French films dealing with sites of disaster within and outside the European French Hexagon (i.e. Hiroshima Mon Amour, The Battle of Algiers, and This is Not Beirut).
Brett Siegel is a doctoral student in Media Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, where he is also a teaching assistant. He earned his MA and BA in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. His research interests involve sports media, celebrity, and fandom, with a specific focus on identity, ideology, and US culture.
Queenie Sukhadia is a second-year graduate student in the English M.A. program at Georgetown University. Her research interests include: post-9/11 literature and film, carceral state studies, critical race theory, human rights, and postcolonial studies.