Thinking Cinema: A New Lecture Series in Film Studies

September 21, 2017
A still from The Holy Girl (2004), the second film in Lucrecia Martel’s Salta trilogy, which will feature in Karen Redrobe’s Thinking Cinema lecture on October 16.

With support from the Humanities Council’s David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project, the Committee for Film Studies launches a new seven-part, year-long lecture series called Thinking Cinema on September 26. The series structures vibrant encounters between leading film scholars and the Princeton community. At its core will be the work of historians and theorists whose research interests span temporal and regional frames but who share a commitment to critical film and media analysis.

On Tuesday, September 26, Francesco Casetti will be the first in an eclectic range of speakers to deliver a Thinking Cinema lecture: Is Film an Optical Medium? Casetti is the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor of Humanities and Film and Media Studies at Yale University.

Two more Thinking Cinema lectures are scheduled for later this fall:

October 16          Karen Redrobe, University of Pennsylvania
Thinking Like a Holy Girl: A Philosophy of Grandma’s Bedroom

November 13    Paula Amad, The University of Iowa
The Sky of an Image: Modernity’s Cin-Aerial Dimension

The series will continue with four additional events in Spring 2018:

February 15        John Durham Peters, Yale University
Weather as a Test Case for Media Theory

March 7                Thomas Lamarre, McGill University
Animation and Animism

April 2                   Linda Williams, University of California, Berkeley
“Melodrama Unbound,” or The Elephant That is Melodrama

April 30                   Pooja Rangan, Amherst College
Documentary’s Listening Ear

The Thinking Cinema lecture series is sponsored by the Committee for Film Studies and the Humanities Council’s David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project.

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