Williams, Tami

Associate Professor
Williams, Tami


MA, University of California-Los Angeles
PhD, University of California-Los Angeles

Teaching and Research Interests:

Archive Studies
Silent Cinema
Classical Film Theory
Global Women Directors
National Cinemas (Europe, Asia, Middle East)
Film and the Other Arts (music, dance, theater, painting)
Cinema and Digital Culture

Tami Williams is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies. She recently published a monograph on 1920s French avant-garde feminist and filmmaker, Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations (U. Illinois Press). Her current research on wordlessness and gesture explores the relationship between turn-of-the-century performance arts (modern pantomime, symbolist theater, burlesque, modern dance), early cinema, and contemporary contemplative cinema. She is also editing a special issue of AMIA's journal The Moving Image on Early Cinema and the Archives.

She has published articles in multiple languages (French, Italian, German, Greek, Slovenian) for editors and journals such as 1895 (Paris), Cinéma (Bologna), Cinémathèque française (Paris), Ekran (Lubiana), Framework (N. America), Kinémathek (Frankfurt), and the Olympic Museum (Lausanne), and has curated film programs for the Block Cinema (Chicago), Musée d’Orsay (Paris), Cinema Ritrovato (Bologna), Giornate del Cinema Muto (Pordenone), Greek Film Archive (Athens), and the National Gallery (Washington D.C.).Her research and teaching interests include  Archive Studies, Silent Cinema, Classical Film Theory, Global Women Directors, National Cinemas,  Film and the Other Arts (music, dance, theater, painting), as well as Cinema and Digital Culture.

Recent Publications:

Williams, Tami M., ed. Early Cinema and the Archives. 16.1.1 The Moving Image, 2016.
Williams, Tami M., Askari, Kaveh, Curtis, Scott, Gray, Frank, and et al., eds. Performing New Media, 1890-1915. John Libbey Press, 2014.
Williams, Tami M. Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations. University of Illinois Press, 2014.
Williams, Tami M. “The 'Silent Arts': Modern Pantomime and the Making of an Art Cinema in Belle Époque Paris.” A Companion to Early Cinema. Ed. Gaudreault, André, Dulac, Nicolas, and Hidalgo, Santiago. Wiley-Blackwell, (2012): 99-118.
Williams, Tami M. “Towards a New ‘Silent’ Cinema: 1920s French Impressionist Film and its Global Legacy.” Global Currents: A bi-annual bulletin by the Center for International Education., Center for International Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 8.1 (2011): p. 14-15.
Williams, Tami M. “Toward the Development of a Modern 'Impressionist' Cinema: Germaine Dulac's La Belle Dams sans merci (1921) and the Deconstruction of the Femme Fatale Archetype.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 51.2 (2010): 404-419.