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The Long Take

Please visit The Long Take blog for news, interviews (with alumni, faculty, and current students), information about conferences and events, job opportunities, and research highlights.


Graduate Student Announcements / Publications

Gary Kafer (Ph.D. candidate in CMS): recently published "Zoom in the past conditional" in Jump Cut (Spring 2021); “Queer Surveillance,” a special issue of Surveillance & Society 17.5 (2019) edited and introduced (pg. 592-601) with Daniel Grinberg; “Big Data Biopolitics: Computing Racialised Assemblages in Terrorist Watchlist Matching,” Digital Culture & Society 5.1 (2019): 23-42; “Surveillance Capitalism and its Racial Discontents,” Jump Cut 59 (2019):

Pedro Doreste (Ph.D. candidate in CMS): research assistant on the ongoing exhibition "Visualizing/Performing Blackness in the Afterlives of Slavery: A Caribbean Archive."

Sasha Crawford-Holland (Ph.D. candidate in CMS): recently published article titled "The Birth of a Nation in Canada: Black Protest and White Denialism across Canada's Color Lines."

Ritika Kaushik (Ph.D. candidate in CMS): recently published book review essay on three Indian documentary cinema books published in November 2020 in the Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies for S. A. Chatterji,   "Filming Reality: The Independent Documentary Movement in India";  "A Fly in the Curry: Independent Documentary Film in India";  "Documentary Films in India: Critical Aesthetics at Work". You can read these reviews now!

Amy Skjerseth (Ph.D. candidate in CMS): recently published article “Multiplying Mise-en-Scène: Found Sounds of The Night of the Hunter in Lewis Klahr’s Daylight Moon and Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire(s) du cinema,” Film Criticism 44.1, 2020; received a UChicagoGRAD Graduate Global Impact Internship to teach and develop career programming in the Sound Arts and Industries Program at Northwestern University, 2020-2021. 


Faculty Announcements / Publications

Recent / Forthcoming Publications:

Professor Daniel Morgan won the Award for Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, and Professor Patrick Jagoda won the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

The Process Genre by Professor Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky won the 2021 Best First Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Studies. It was also a Finalist in the “Media and Cultural Studies” category for the 2021 PROSE Book Awards presented by the Association of American Publishers. The Process Genre was also on the Shortlist for the 2021 Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award.

Jacqueline Stewart was announced as the chief artistic and programming officer for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, set to open in April 2021. In this position, Jacqueline will be overseeing exhibitions, programming and education.


Undegraduate Student Announcements

Congratulations to the Class of 2021! More information about graduating students and their theses can be found in the graduation booklet.

Alumni Student Announcements / Publications

Ph.D. alum Panpan Yang presented her paper  "Xu Bing's the Character of Characters and the Possibilities of Calligraphic Animation," and won the Honorable Mention at the Inaugural Conference of the Association for Chinese Animation Studies in 2021.

Ph.D. alum Christina Peterson recently received the Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award from Eckerd College.

Alumni Joshua Yumibe (PhD 2007) received the 'Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award' from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) for the book he co-authored with Sarah Street Chromatic Modernity: Color, Cinema, and Media of the 1920s. His scholarship on early color films was featured in a recent Tableau article "Beyond Black and White"

Alumni Allison Whitney (PhD 2005) received the 'Distinguished Pedagogy Award' from the Society of Cinema (SMCS) and Media Studies.

ODL Fellow and CMS alumni Artemis Willis (PhD 2020) is currently working on a monograph titled Lanternology: The Magic Lantern and the Possibilities of the Projected Image. Lanternology offers an alternative and complementary approach to the study of the magic lantern by excavating a corpus of previously unrecognized lantern performances and theorizing its implications for media history. Willis focuses on the later history of the lantern—a medium that emerged among a cluster of optical devices in the seventeenth century—and examines how its interaction with such media and commercial entertainments as motion pictures, comics, stage melodrama, vaudeville, photography, and electric light shaped its aesthetic and cultural practices. In doing so, she argues, it poses a challenge to evolutionary accounts of technological progress while also recasting debates that have informed conventional modes of media-historical inquiry. What emerges is an original account of an old medium of ongoing transition and transformation, which raises new questions about how we write media history, even as—and especially because—it is being rewritten vis-à-vis the digital turn.

During her time as an ODL Fellow, one of the topics Willis is taking up is an investigation of how the lantern participates in and sheds light on the documentary project. She is also developing a digital version of the Keystone 600 Set, a seminal visual-instructional system of corresponding and cross-referring views (lantern slides and stereographs), and creating a hybrid slide-film performance piece.