Spencer Myers is a first-year doctoral student in rhetoric and writing at Bowling Green State University. He has previously presented on avoiding gender essentialism in ecofeminism and using community-collected independent game bundles as a model for moving away from curation and canon in classroom reading lists and towards a flattened ecological model.
Kayode Odumboni is a 2nd-year PhD student in the Department of English at The Ohio State University. His research interests revolve around black internationalisms and histories of global black solidarities. He studies Anglophone African literature in connections with black diasporic literatures, specifically African American and Caribbean literatures.
Joshua Bastian Cole is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University. His multidisciplinary interests span transgender studies, disability and Deaf studies, theatre, dance, puppetry, film, and television. His dissertation combines these areas, examining science fiction visual texts in relation to trans men’s prosthetic use. Holding a B.A. in Theatre and Dance from James Madison University and an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Brooklyn College, Cole has been a lecturer at CUNY and SUNY. An example of his work can be found in the “Cinematic Bodies” issue of Somatechnics.
Youngbin Song is a filmmaker and scholar of feminist cultural studies. Most recently, she has presented research on decolonial feminist aesthetics at the Critical Ethnic Studies Association’s international conference. Her article on Sally Potter’s use of film stock in Thriller (1979) will be available in the Winter 2020 issue of Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration. While developing her research and media projects, she teaches film and television production at Columbia College Chicago, where she received her MFA in film directing. She also holds a BA in Media and Cultural Praxis from Grinnell College. Currently, she lives in Chicago with her cat Luna Susu.
Jasper Lauderdale is a doctoral candidate in cinema studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where he studies race, gender, sexuality, and temporality in radical speculative art. Jasper trained as a documentary filmmaker and editor at Appalshop in Whitesburg, Kentucky, and his work for such artists as Lydie Diakhaté, Manthia Diawara, Amie Siegel, and David Hammons has appeared at the 56th Venice Biennale, the 23rd New York African Film Festival at Lincoln Center, Dia:Chelsea, and Dak’art 2018. He has taught courses on film history, feminist media, cinematic bodies, and vampire culture at Brooklyn College, Hunter College, and NYU.
Andrew Lee is a PhD student at the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research centres on depictions of climate catastrophe and apocalypse in mainstream media, with a focus on the ways in which real-world anxieties surrounding climate change can be seen reflected in popular movies and video games. He is also interested in the role that institutions such as government, the church, and partisan think-tanks have played in shaping popular perceptions of climate change, and the way those perceptions are reflected and reinforced in culture more broadly.
Seth A. Wilder is a doctoral student in Moving Image Studies in the School of Film, Media, and Theater at Georgia State University. His research focuses principally on historiography, global cinemas, and aesthetics and their relationship to the auteur concept.
Anthony Dominguez is a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies at NYU Tisch. He holds an MA in Film Studies from The Graduate Center CUNY, and a BA in English and Film from the University at Albany. His research interests include urban screens; Japanese media; and the late cinema of Jean-Luc Godard.
Sam Malabre is an MFA candidate in Design | Media Arts at UCLA and a Game Master at the UCLA Game Lab. They make work about US imperialism, escapist fantasies, and the intersection between the two. They have shown work at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, UCLA, and various DIY Spaces in Boston, MA. Their work is currently on display as part of the online D|MA preview exhibition Share Screen.
Stephen Woo is a second year PhD student in the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University and a programmer for Magic Lantern Cinema in Providence, RI. His research focuses on the intersections and divergences between theories of film, trauma, and performance. He is broadly interested in how conceptions of these fields stake varying claims to notions of history, historicity, and liveness.
Dr. Dilara Balcı Gülpmar was born in 1985 in İzmir, Turkey. She started university education in
2003 at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University- Cinema-TV department. Until her graduation in 2008, she worked as an assistant director and editör on television productions and directed short films that were screened at various festivals. She graduated from Marmara University, Department of Cinema with PhD degree. She is currently working as a lecturer at Yaşar University. She is the author of two books that are about history of Turkish cinema: Yeşilçam and The Other, and Feyzi Tuna.
Ashton Kinley achieved his Bachelor of Arts with a combined major in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies at The University of British Columbia. He is currently completing his MA in Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. His research explores the intersections of regional and settler colonial theories in western Canadian mediascapes, seeking to challenge the hegemonic and iconographic narratives that articulate sensations of national belonging. His creative film work has been screened at the 1st and 2nd Annual Kelowna Student Film Festival and the 2016 Words & Aids exhibition at the Kelowna Art Gallery, and his poetry has been published in Paper Shell.
Anisa Hosseinnezhad is an Iranian Artist and Filmmaker. Her film and video work focuses on issues of displacement, immigration, and the militaristic U.S. imaginary. Her research is centered on East Asia, as rendered through by western media and its frequent collaborator the U.S. military industrial complex. Hosseinnezhad, is a current MFA candidate at the Temple University’s Film and Media Arts department, and holds her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been shown in screenings and local festivals in Boston and Providence including Yoni Fest and Todo Bajo Control.