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Winter 2021 PhD Student and Alumni News Roundup

Dorothy Santos

Winter 2021 PhD Program News Roundup


Dorothy Santos was named by San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as one of their YBCA 100 for 2020.  According to Department Chair Prof. Rick Prelinger, "This is a singular honor, and props to Dorothy for all of her work as an artist and builder of community!"

SCMS Conference
There has been a remarkable UCSC showing at the annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference, with at least 15 students and faculty from the FIlm and Digital Media Department participating:

Hahkyung Darline Kim, “'This is Korea’: Henry Chung DeYoung’s Civilian Diplomacy, 1953–54”
Shelley Stamp,  “‘Be a Black Angel in Black Angel Fashions’: Fashion, Beauty and Film Noir’s ‘Femme’ Marketing Campaigns” (also chairing panel: "Novel Modes of Cinephilia Past and Present")
Kara Stone,  “Playing with Nature: Game Design and Queer Environmentalism”
Yasheng She,  “A Different Kind of Pleasure: Recontextualization of a Japanese Femme Fatale for the Female Audience” (also chairing panel: "Gender and Sexuality in World Cinemas")
B. Ruby Rich, workshop participant: "WORKSHOP: From Submission to Publication: Journal Editors Answer Your Questions!"
Yiman Wang,  “The Comedic ‘Oriental’: Anna May Wong’s Hal Roach Comedy Shorts”
Daniel Rudin, “Counterpublic Camps: Independent Film and the People Power Revolution”
S. Topiary Landberg,  “Out for Blood: Elizabeth Holmes, Thomas Edison and the Prosecution of Story”
Suzy Halajian,  “Beyond the Seeable: the Experimental Films of Basma Alsharif and Sky Hopinka”
Peter Limbrick,  “The dar al-Bouanani: ‘Cinematic Friendships’ and Transnational Circulation in Arab and North African Film and Culture”
Yulia Gilichinskaya,  “Mediated Struggle: Organizing Graduate Students or How to Strike in a Pandemic”
Irene Gustafson,  “The I and the We: Essayistic Subjectivity”
Kiki Loveday, “The Kiss: Forgetting Film History”
Soraya Murray, “Video Games and Representation: Methodologies of the Hollow and the Loaded”
Marilia Kaisar, “F*cking with the Virtual: Alexa, Siri, Lana, Samantha and Desire”

Also at SCMS, the Scholarly Interest Group for Documentary Studies has given out the first-ever Jonathan Kahana Award for Graduate Student Writing in Documentary Studies.

Marilia Kaisar and Ksenia Firsova have each received a UCSC Social Science Research Council’s Dissertation Proposal Development (SSRC-DPD) fellowship.

The UC Press has published an article on the critical and creative oil work of student Elia Vargas. The essay has been almost 2 years in the making and is a summary of many of the ideas in his dissertation.

Francesca Romeo has been offered an appointment as Visiting Professor of Communication, Media and Culture in the Department of Communication at the University of Tampa where she will be teaching classes in Media and Society, Visual Literacy, and film studies.  She plans to defend her dissertation, "Towards a Theory of Digital Necropolitics,” in spring 2021 with advisor Neda Atanasoski.