Dave Burnham

Research Interests: 

Aesthetics, theory and history of avant-gardes in cinema and related arts; film theory, science fiction, cinemas of political modernism, digital cinema theory and practice.

I'm a fourth-year PhD candidate working on experimental cinema. My work deals with post-war American avant-garde film, especially that of the 1960s and '70s (e.g. Stan Brakhage, Joyce Wieland, Michael Snow) and contemporary moving-image makers (e.g. Hito Steyerl, Kevin Jerome Everson). I'm currently working on how experimental cinema both past and present poses challenges for philosophical aesthetics. My hope is to demonstrate both the failures and the necessity of using "traditional" aesthetics to think through cinema's most adventurous forms. In addition to beginning work on my dissertation, I'm happy to be co-coordinating our 2017-2018 Graduate Student Conference, "Sensing Media."