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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.


Student Announcements / Publications

Ritika Kaushik of the 2016 PhD cohort had her 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; K. P. Jayasankar & A. Monteiro, A Fly in the Curry: Independent Documentary Film in India; and A. Sharma, Documentary Films in India: Critical Aesthetics at Work. You can read these reviews now!

Amy Skjerseth from the 2016 PhD cohort was a recipient of the Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowship for AY 2020-2021 for an undergraduate course of her own design, "Sound and Scandal: How Media Make Believe," to be taught in Spring 2021.

Gary Kafer –a student from the 2016 PhD cohort– had the following works published in 2019:

  • “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):

Faculty Announcements / Publications

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.

The Process Genre: Cinema and the Aesthetic of Labor, a new book by Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky was published in March 2020. The book "introduces and theorizes the process genre," a genre that went unacknowledged previously, but is "characterized by its representation of chronologically ordered steps in which some form of labor results in a finished product." 


Alumni Student Announcements / Publications

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.