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Cinema Studies Presents: Feminist Media Studies Symposium

Feb 10, 5:00 pmFeb 11, 4:30 pm

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In honor of University of Oregon Professor Emerita Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, PhD ’92

University of Oregon in Portland

White Stag Block

February 10 – 11, 2017

The Cinema Studies Program presents the Feminist Media Studies Symposium in honor of the outstanding legacy of University of Oregon Professor Emerita Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, founding director of the Cinema Studies Program and internationally renowned feminist media scholar.

The Feminist Media Studies Symposium will bring together the most interesting research at the intersection of the fields that Professor Karlyn helped define in ways that both engage with the intellectual questions central to her oeuvre and build on them to suggest the new directions in which feminist media studies is now moving.

The symposium will profile presentations by colleagues and former students of Professor Karlyn, UO alumni, and others who have high profile careers in media production and content creation outside of academia. The symposium will also showcase graduate and undergraduate research in film and media studies at the University of Oregon.

By bringing together colleagues, researchers, and media professionals, as well as University of Oregon graduate and undergraduate students and alumni, the symposium seeks to engage in scholarly dialogue as well as help renew and generate new networks among the attendees.

Welcome Reception and Plenary

Friday, February 10, 2017 – 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – UO in Portland – White Stag Block

The evening features a plenary by Professor Karlyn where she will discuss trends in the field of cinema and media studies from within both research and curricular frameworks. In addition, participants will offer tributes and reminiscences about Professor Karlyn and interact in a more informal setting.


Saturday, February 11, 2017 – 9:00 am to 4:30 pm – UO in Portland – White Stag Block

Breakfast and lunch provided 

The symposium features panel presentations focused on research with invited guests, faculty, and students presenting papers. An additional panel presentation will feature alumni and former students who have careers outside of academia who will discuss the types of training and experience that make such careers possible.

Pre-registration Information

Thank you for your interest in attending the symposium.  The event is now full, and registration is closed. 

For more information

Kathleen Rowe Karlyn, Ph.D ‘92

karlynFounding Director of the Cinema Studies Program, University of Oregon
Professor Emerita, Department of English, University of Oregon

Kathleen Rowe Karlyn came to academia after shorter careers in secondary education and print journalism. During her years in the UO’s English Department, Julia Lesage and Professor Karlyn created and administered an interdisciplinary Certificate in Film Studies, which lay the foundation for the current Cinema Studies major. Professor Karlyn has taken pleasure and pride in the institutional continuity represented by being a member of the last class to earn a degree from Oregon’s former Telecommunication and Film program and by serving as the first director of its new Cinema Studies major. Professor Karlyn has written two books, a number of articles and is in the early stages of a third book, co-edited with Sarah Kozloff, on female directors. Read more…


Cinema Scholars Series Presents: Homay King

Feb 18, 2016, 5:00 pm
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Another World is Virtual

Homay King, author of Virtual Memory: Time-Based Art and the Dream of Digitality, discusses a new framework for thinking about film, video, and time-based contemporary art.

A Public Lecture by Homay King

Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art
Director of the Program in Film Studies, and Director of the Center for Visual Culture
Bryn Mawr College

Thursday, February 18, 2016 — 5:00 pm 

McKenzie 240A — Free


Homay King is Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art, Director of the Program in Film Studies, and Director of the Center for Visual Culture. Her fields of speciality include American cinema, film theory, psychoanalytic theory, and feminist film theory and criticism. She received her A.B. from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media, and her doctorate from the Department of Rhetoric at the University of California at Berkeley with a dissertation entitled “Effaced Figures: Authorship and the American Cinema.” Her essays on film, photography, contemporary art, and theory have appeared in the journals AfterallCamera ObscuraDiscourseFilm QuarterlyOCTOBER, and Qui Parle, and in edited collections including Jeff Wall: PhotographsStanley Kubrick: Essays on His Films and Legacy, and There She Goes: Feminist Filmmaking and Beyond. Her book Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Projection, and the Enigmatic Signifier was published by Duke University Press in 2010. She is currently working on a book entitled Virtual Memory: Time-based Art and the Dream of Digitality. She has been a member of the Camera Obscura editorial collective since 2011.



Thank you to our contributors: New Media and Culture Certificate, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the School of Journalism & Communication / Media Studies Program


Cinema Scholars Series Presents: Whitney Strub

Oct 27, 2015, 4:00 pm5:30 pm
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Cinema Studies and the School of Journalism & Communication/Media Studies Present:

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This talk calls for a more rigorously materialist approach to the history of pornography, paying closer heed to the circumstances of production, exhibition, and distribution, as well as the diversity of pornography itself.

A public lecture by Whitney Strub

Associate Professor of History and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies

Rutgers University – Newark

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

4:00 pm Reception

4:30 pm Lecture

Gerlinger Lounge — Free

Please join us for a reception with Whitney Strub at 4:00 pm, followed by the lecture at 4:30 pm.  Light refreshments will be served at the reception.


Thank you to our co-sponsor

School of Journalism & Communication/Media Studies

Whitney Strub

Whitney Strub is Associate Professor of History and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University-Newark. His first book, Perversion for Profit: The Politics of Pornography and the Rise of the New Right, was published by Columbia University Press in 2010. His second book, Obscenity Rules: Roth v. United States and the Long Struggle over Sexual Expression was published in 2013 by the University Press of Kansas and won the 2013 David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Legal History. His articles on obscenity, pornography, and sexual politics have appeared in American Quarterly, Radical History Review, Journal of the History of Sexuality, Journal of Women’s History, Salon, and Temple of Schlock, and he is currently project director of the Queer Newark Oral History Project.


Students:  Attendance sign-in sheets will be available at the event for Cinema Studies courses offering extra credit.


Cinema Scholars Series Presents: Daniel Biltereyst

Apr 15, 2015, 2:30 pm
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What can we learn from the history of film censorship?

Today’s media and communications seem at odds with the idea of censorship. However, in this so-called post-disciplinary society, there is a renewed interest in traditional models of censorship. This talk will argue that we can learn a lot from why, where and how censorship emerged and operated.

A public lecture by Daniel Biltereyst

Professor in Film and Media Studies at the Department of Communication Studies — Ghent University, Belgium

Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

2:30 pm Reception

3:00 pm Lecture

Gerlinger Lounge — Free

Please join us for a reception with Daniel Biltereyst at 2:30 pm, followed by the lecture at 3 pm.  Light refreshments will be served before and after the event.

Thank you to our co-sponsors:

School of Journalism & Communication/Media Studies Program
Department of Comparative Literature

Daniel Biltereyst

Daniel Biltereyst is Professor in Film and Media Studies at the Department of Communication Studies, Ghent University, Belgium, in addition to being Head of Department and Director of the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS). His work deals with media and the public sphere, more specifically with film and screen culture as sites of controversy, public debate and moral/media panic. He has supervised several wide-scale research projects, including one on the history of state film censorship and religious film classification in Belgium; two projects on film exhibition and cinema-going; as well as one on queer representations in screen culture. He is co-editor of the Film and Television Studies series, the author of several books, and co-editor of various collections, including Explorations in New Cinema History; Cinema, Audiences and Modernity; and Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World.

Cinema Scholars Series Presents: Lynn Spigel

Feb 2, 2015, 2:30 pm
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Cinema Scholars Series Presents Lynn SpigelCinema Studies and the School of Journalism & Communication/Media Studies Present:

TV Snapshots:  An Archive of Everyday Life

A public lecture by Lynn Spigel

Francis E. Willard Professor of Screen Cultures

Northwestern University

Monday, February 2, 2015

2:30 pm Reception

3:00 pm Lecture

Gerlinger Lounge — Free


Please join us for a reception with Lynn Spigel at 2:30 pm, followed by the lecture at 3 pm.  Light refreshments will be served before and after the event.

TV Snapshots:  An Archive of Everyday Life

“This talk explores my new collection of over 5000 family snapshots depicting people posing in front of their TV sets in the 1950s and 1960s. I consider how snapshot cameras functioned as an appendage  technology for television at the time when TV first came into US  homes. Snapshots were a “thing to do” with TV beyond TV’s more  obvious function as a spectator medium. These snapshots provide visual  evidence of the social life into which TV inserted itself. They show  us how people arranged their rooms for television and how they used it  as an object of display. But, most importantly, they show us how  people used TV as a backdrop for social performances of family life  and social identifies of gender, class, and race. In addition to  considering these photos as a new form of visual evidence for the  social practices surrounding TV’s innovation, I also explore their  status as forms of “analog nostalgia” by considering why they have  reappeared as valuable collectibles on the vintage market and online  websites today.”

Lynn SpigelSpigel, the Francis E. Willard Professor of Screen Cultures at Northwestern University, is the author of TV By Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television; Welcome to the Dreamhouse: Popular Media and Postwar Suburbs; and Make Room for TV: Television and the Family Ideal in Postwar America. She has co-edited volumes including The Revolution Wasn’t Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict; Feminist Television Criticism: A Reader; and Television After TV: Essays on a Medium in Transition.


Cinema Scholar Series Presents: Kaveh Askari

Oct 28, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Hollywood / Iran

Filmmaking across borders in the 1960s and 1970s

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

4:00 pm — Free

Ford Alumni Center, Room 202


KAVEH ASKARI is Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University. A former Tom Gunning student, Askari’s Making Movies Art: Picture Craft from the Magic Lantern to Early Hollywood is forthcoming with the British Film Institute. His talk will draw from his research this past year in Tehran dealing with the Hollywood archives in mid-twentieth century Iran.


Scholar Viewpoint Series Presents: Robert K. Elder

Oct 17, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Author Robert K. Elder will discuss his latest book

The Best Film You’ve Never Seen and host a screening

and of Director Fred Zinnemann’s 1966 movie

A Man For All Seasons.

Thursday, October 17th l 7 pm l

Bijou Art Cinemas (492 E. 13th Avenue) l Free with UO ID


 Co-sponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication


Cinema Studies Presents the Scholar Viewpoint Series

Apr 12, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Georgia State University Professor Angelo Restivo

Professor Restivo will introduce Michelangelo Antonioni’s film Blow-Up, focusing on the aesthetic challenges presented by the film and discussing its place within Antonioni’s body of work

Friday, April 12th

7:00 pm

PLC 180

Angelo Restivo is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Moving Image Studies Program at Georgia State University.  He is the author of The Cinema of Economic Miracles:  Visuality and Modernization in the Italian Art Film.  His current book project, Mapping the Virtual, studies the emergence and development of a new type of art cinema image from the 1970s to the present, and examines the ways in which the cinema maps out the new geopolitical and affective spaces of global capital.

Free event in collaboration with Film on Film


Dudley Andrew: R. Selden Rose Professor & Department Chair of Film and Comparative Literature, Yale University

May 4, 2012, 2:00 pm
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Dudley Andrew is a  film theorist and is the R. Selden Rose Professor and Department Chair of Film and Comparative Literature at Yale University. His areas of research include World Cinema (special attention to West Africa, Ireland, France, East Asia), Aesthetics (theories of the image, Film among the arts, adaptation) and French cinema and culture from the 1930s to today.

In his talk at the “Cinema Studies Scholar Viewpoint Series,” Professor Andrew will discuss key ideas of his recent book What Cinema Is! that examines certain movements in film, and even certain “moments” within key films, that remove themselves from the geographical system (national cinemas, global cinema) in order to explore deeper dimensions.


Peter Snowdon: British Journalist & Documentary Filmmaker

Apr 27, 2011, 5:00 pm7:00 pm
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Peter Snowdon is a British journalist and documentary filmmaker who has extensive experience of working in India, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as with NGOs and activist groups in Europe. In the 1990s, he worked as a consultant to UNESCO on development and culture, and advised the International Society for Ecology and Culture on their antiglobalisation campaign. He lived in Cairo, Egypt, from 1997 to 2000, where he was a staff writer at Al Ahram Weekly. Since 2000, he combines freelance filmmaking and journalism with long stints working in press and communications for intergovernmental organizations. His films have been screened around the world, where they have won awards in festivals, launched political campaigns, and been exhibited in museums and art galleries. Peter holds an MFA in Transmedia from Saint Lukas Hogeschool, Brussels. He is currently an LSM doctoral research fellow in the MAD Faculty (Media, Art and Design), at University of Hasselt, where he is developing a long format film/video installation about an indigenous community in Peru.