Basil Dababneh

Cohort Year: 2018
Research Interests: Queer aesthetics and politics; race and technology; digital media
Education: BA in Cinema and Media Arts, Vanderbilt University, 2018


Basil Dababneh (he/him/his) is a Neubauer Doctoral Fellow and PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Basil’s research attends to queer and trans aesthetics and politics in digital media art with a focus on the forms of negativity and bad feelings, time and temporality, and opacity and obfuscation. Basil’s work also centers questions of race, technology, and the multiscreen forms of desktop (horror) media. Basil holds a BA in Cinema and Media Arts from Vanderbilt University, where he also minored in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Teaching Experience

  • Film and the Moving Image, CA - Spring 2022
  • Methods and Issues, CA - Autumn 2021
  • History of International Cinema, Part II: Sound to 1960, CA - Winter 2021