FVS Workshops

The following is a list of all ongoing FVS Workshops. Each of these involves a graduate student position. Please see the List of Roles for job descriptions for each of these.

Dissertation Writer's Workshop

A monthly workshop for G4s (who have completed their prospectus) and above. We meet once a month on (approx.) the third Thursday of the month, with the organizer and leader of the meetings rotating among members. At each meeting, dissertation writers give an update on the progress of their work. The space will be generally used for discussions of methodological and conceptual questions and concerns related to dissertation writing, with the aim of providing a supportive structure to the PhD Candidates and encouraging adequate writing progress.

Film and Visual Studies Colloquium

The Film and Visual Studies Colloquium invites guest speakers each year whose work is of interest to the department. Traditionally, two to three speakers are invited over the course of the academic year. Previous guests have included Laura Mulvey, Raymond Bellour, Kaja Silverman, Dana Polan and more. If you have ideas about a specific speaker you would like to invite, please speak to Professor Rentschler, the Colloquium's organizer. Keep in mind that you may be able to get co-sponsorship for a speaker from another department.

Film and Visual Studies Workshop

The Film and Visual Studies Workshop, in existence for more than fifteen years, is the site of monthly discussions about vanguard scholarship, theory, and criticism, presentations of student work in progress, and meetings with prominent scholars, filmmakers, and artists.

The meetings are generally scheduled for the first Wednesday or Monday of the month.

Its faculty advisor is Professor Eric Rentschler.

The student coordinator for 2016-17 was Becca Voelker.

Screen Studies Workshop

This workshop explores new interdisciplinary analyses and theorizations of the moving image in an expanded field. Screen cultures encompass a range of contexts in which the moving image is framed, distributed, received and interpreted. These range from the traditionally conceived sites of cinema, video and television to increasingly dispersed new media platforms. While Film Studies, in particular film theory, has historically privileged text-based approaches to the study of the moving image, this workshop aims to explore emerging scholarly practices that re-situate these “texts” within visual culture at large. From locative media to public projections, new screen contexts require a varied set of methodologies for understanding the cultural, theoretical and historical implications of emergent moving image practices. The workshop will thus devote much attention to the study of different spatial practices relating to screens; from the proto-cinematic (e.g. magic lanterns) to contemporary forms (e.g. locative media, public projections), we are interested in tracing new genealogies of screen cultures and their relations to public life. 

For more information regarding Screen Studies please contact the student coordinators.

For the 2015-2016 year, these are: Dan D'Amore and Ming Yu