Francesco Casetti


April 12, 4pm, 2017
UC Santa Barbara
McCune Conference Room
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CONGRATULATIONS to all the current graduate students, UCSB PhDs, and faculty who presented their work at the March 2017 Society for Cinema and Media conference in Chicago!


And congratulations to Professor Chung (PhD UCSB 2011) for her win!


The Department of Film and Media Studies is delighted to be hosting four distinguished scholars in residence in 2016-2017. Many thanks to Professors Acland, Wasson, Kaplan, and Raundalen for their important and lively contributions to the intellectual life of our department and campus!


Charles R. Acland is Professor in Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal and Visiting Professor at UCSB for the 2016-17 academic year. His books include Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture (2003), Swift Viewing: The Popular Life of Subliminal Influence (2012), and Useful Cinema(2011), co-edited with Haidee Wasson, which received an honorable mention in the SCMS Best Edited Book Award of 2013.

Haidee Wasson is Professor of Film and Media at Concordia University, Montreal and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (2016-17). She is author and editor of several books, including the award-winning Museum Movies (UC Press), and the forthcoming book The Military’s Cinema Complex, an edited collection examining the American military’s use of cinema.

E. Ann Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at Stony Brook University, where she also founded and directs The Humanities Institute. She is Past President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. Kaplan has written many books and articles on topics in cultural studies, media, and women’s studies, from diverse theoretical perspectives including psychoanalysis, feminism, postmodernism, and post-colonialism. She has given lectures all over the world and her work has been translated into six languages. Kaplan’s pioneering research on women in film (see her Women in Film: Both Sides of the Camera, Women in Film Noir, and Motherhood and Representation) continues to be in print and influential in the United States and abroad. Her Feminism and Film (2000) brings together major feminist film theories from 1980 to 2000. Kaplan’s more recent research focuses on trauma as evident in her books Trauma and Cinema: Cross-Cultural Explorations (co-edited with Ban Wang in 2004), and her 2005 monograph, Trauma Culture: The Politics of Terror and Loss in Media and Literature (2005). Her most recent book is Climate Trauma: Foreseeing the Future in Dystopian Film and Fiction (2016).

Norwegian Professor Jon Raundalen was in residence during Winter Quarter and will now be furthering his research in New York before returning to Norway.

Jon Raundalen is Associate Professor Film Studies in the Department of Art and Media Studies at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in film narrative, history, industry and theory, film theory, film historiography, and materialist media ecology. He is co-editor of Media and the Ecological Crisis (Maxwell, Vestberg, Raundalen 2015), and is currently writing the first book in Norwegian on materialist media ecology.


Film and Media Studies focuses on film, television, and new media around the world. With 400 undergraduate majors and more than two dozen graduate students, FMS cultivates critical and analytical skills through the study of media objects and practices. Majors have the opportunity to interact closely with our distinguished faculty through collaborative research projects and to engage with a vibrant mix of activities and student organizations, such as the Screenwriters' Co-op, Reel Loud Film Festival, and Media Fields Journal. The department furthermore encourages students to explore future career paths and to build relationships with our network of committed alumni, many of whom return to campus regularly to share their experiences and insights. Our rigorous curriculum of study is fostering a new generation of visionaries with a stake in producing and understanding the future of screen media.