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PhD Students

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Through her research, Yasmine Benabdallah explores questions of decolonial filmmaking, in particular in the context of Moroccan, North African, and Arab cinema. She approaches this question through work with archive, memory, language, indigenous epistemologies, and collaborative practices.
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Histories and theories of ecology, relationships of human and plant species seen through the lens of physical scale and time scale, and ways to catalyze us to protect biodiversity.
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Expanded documentary, experimental ethnographic film, environmental justice, eco-disasters, multispecies ethnography, invasive species, the anthropocene, and jellyfish.
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Stop motion animation, cinematography, animal representation, animal death
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Critical Media Practice, Performance Studies, Directing, Film Theory and Historiography, Postcolonial Studies, Narrative Theory, Screenwriting, Latin American and Caribbean Cinemas, Film and Memory
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Research interests: Science Fiction, Media Representation of Law and Punishment, Futurism, Labor, Abolition and Transformative Justice, Cyborg Theory, Fandom Studies, Gender and Technology, Representation of the Other
Gonzalo Galetto
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Other-than-human and human relations, environmental conservation, film and media installations.
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Border studies, critical geography, affect theory as well as surveillance studies and militaristic technology
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Intersection of art and politics, treating image making as steeped in colonial pasts and modern surveillance states, legacies of trauma and conflict in experimental documentary and performance practices from the Middle East and North Africa and their diaspora.
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experimental documentary filmmaking, landscape, topographies, more-than-human collaborations, film materiality, embodied narratives, labor activism
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Documentary filmmaker, organizer and educator. Exploring ethics and politics through process and form. Centered around questions of landscape, memory, time, speculative nonfiction, co-existence, capitalism, interdependency.
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Storytelling, Smartphones, Speculative Design, Architectural Space, Urban Studies, Immersive Environments, Forensic Architecture, Critical Geographies, Digital Mapping, Multimedia Storytelling, Desire, Consumption, Eroticism and Sexuality, Feminist and Queer Theory, Augmented Reality
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Media Sport Studies, Documentary and Experimental Cinemas, Fan Studies, Visual Anthropology, Essay Film, Cultural Studies, Film/Video Curating, Non-Theatrical Film and Exhibition, Microcinemas, Artist-Run Film Labs and Processes, Archives
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Chris is interested in exploring different artistic methods for critical interrogation of digital systems, with a special focus on games and game art.
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YoungEun Kim studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in the Netherlands, and received MFA from the Korea National University of Arts and BFA from Hongik University in Korea.
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Experimental documentary film, experimental ethnography, documentary performance, politics of representation, historiography of Korean diaspora
Hans Kuzmich
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Abolition and transformative justice; feminist, queer and trans studies; political and libidinal economies of violence; documentary and experimental film
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Feminist Film Praxis, Women’s and Queer Film Historiography, Technology and Social Change
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Participatory Art
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Visual culture and sociopolitical evolution in the Middle East, and the role of the arts, including documentary making, in visualizing political, social, and cultural changes in the region.
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Video artist and documentary / experimental filmmaker. Deals with subjects related to gender roles, sexuality and national identity, and the relations between these three. Her film The Men behind the Wall won the Golden Bear Award for best short film and screened worldwide.
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Black Diaspora, Urbanism, Immigration, Black Cinema
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Queer theory, community organizing, experimental cinema, film festival studies, printed matter, HIV/AIDS, porn studies, media technologies, fan cultures , performance studies, contemporary art criticism, avant-garde queer musicology, experimental literature, “offline” cultures.
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Rebecca Ora/rora is a mixed-media artist, performer and scholar based in California whose darkly humorous socially-engaged work explores comedy, discomfort, conflict, and the limits of "appropriate" representation of trauma.
Portrait of Esra Ozban
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Film festivals, queer cinema, collective memory, film theatres, archival studies, counter-hegemonic memory, film programming, gender/sexuality studies
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Noise, mediation, DIY electronics, semiotics of consumer media technologies, signal interference
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participatory documentary, Video essays, multimedia storytelling, queer film, Middle-Eastern studies, first-person film narratives
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Film and digital media as a radically new form of public forum, new media, participatory archive, and open subjectivity.
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Intersections between gender, national identities, and labor
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Allen Riley is an electronic media artist and educator working in participatory video and games. He designs hands-on learning programs at Beam Center and builds arcade cabinets with Death by Audio Arcade in Brooklyn, NY.
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Film and documentary studies, Philippine studies, expanded documentary, transmedia, spatial montage, public sphere, counterpublics, multimedia journalism, art history and theory, labor
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Activism, interactive and computational media, biotechnology, bioart, experimental film, augmented reality, virtual reality, interactive fiction, and gaming
Lior Shamriz
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Research Interests: Transnational Cinema, Experimental Cinema, Palestine/Israel, West Asia, Mizrahi Jews, Queer Cinema, Film as Performance, Early Photography
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catharsis and trauma in media, how narratives, facilitated by immersive and interactive technology, create opportunities for self-reflection
Image of Kelly Sky
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Environmental Science; Digital Art; Mapping; Documentary Filmmaking
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Immersive environments for teaching history/archaeology – especially buried women’s history – in embodied and interactive ways.
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participatory archives, internet art, the public domain, metadata, panoptics, forensic aesthetics, open video, free culture
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translation as a method of working with images and sound in articulations of catastrophes
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archival audiovisual, video installation, documentary film, Colombia, exile in Latin America.
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Committed to a practice based in conceptual, intellectual, and historical consideration of video, performance, sound, and the cultural framework of place.
Darren Wallace
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Afropessimism and the libidinal economy of desire in U.S. cinemas, Sex Work, Labor and Alienation, Liberation Theology, Queer Theory, Critical Theory, Oral Tradition, Indigenous Narratology, Decolonial Aesthetics, Social Cinema of the Cppressed, Hip Hop, ethnomusicology and cinematic temporality
Waverly Wilson
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Media canons/histories, alternatives to game aesthetics and design, social art practice, trans-poetics, games and social theory