The Committee for Film Studies has relaunched its lecture series for spring 2022. The series, titled “On the Boundaries of Cinema,” will feature prominent film scholars in conversation with members of the Princeton community.
“The Committee’s spring series engages with some of the most inventive recent scholarship in the field,” said Devin Fore (German), chair of the Humanities Council’s Committee for Film Studies. “Expanding both the method and the material scope of film studies, these speakers ask how things like processes of labor, the logics of affect, and non-cinematic technologies force us to reconceptualize the object of cinema.”
The program will kick-off with “An Experiment in Cinematic Transmission: Dziga Vertov and the Avant-Garde Reception of Television” on February 16 at 4:30 pm. Doron Galili, research fellow in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University, will discuss his research on Soviet filmmaker and theorist Dziga Vertov’s early ideas of television as a superior medium destined to replace film. Galili, the author of Seeing by Electricity: The Emergence of Television, 1878-1939, will be joined in conversation by Fore.
On March 16, Erin Huang (East Asian Studies), executive member of the Committee, will host a book talk with Eugenie Brinkema, associate professor of literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of Life-Destroying Diagrams.
And on April 13, Salomé Aguilera Skirvsky, associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago and author of The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor, will discuss her book with Steven Chung (East Asian Studies), executive member of the Committee.
All events are open to the public.