Ends of Cinema Book Release (Virtual Discussion)
December 11 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Please join us for a special discussion to celebrate the release of our latest volume, Ends of Cinema, available now from University of Minnesota Press. Co-editors Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece (Film Studies) and Center director Richard Grusin will be joined in discussion by Caetlin Benson-Allott (Georgetown), James Leo Cahill (University of Toronto), Francesco Casetti (Yale), and Jennifer Lynn Peterson (Woodbury University-Los Angeles).
In a year of multiple social upheavals and reconfigurations, this discussion will use the essays in Ends of Cinema (Minnesota 2020) as a jumping off point to explore how our notions of cinema’s various endings have changed given recent changes in U.S. politics, national discourses on racial justice, and the industrial and economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
About Ends of Cinema:
In this volume, scholars at the forefront of film and media studies interrogate multiple potential “ends” of cinema: its goals and spaces, its relationship to postcinema, its racial dynamics and environmental implications, and its theoretical and historical conclusions. Moving beyond the predictable question of digital versus analog, the scholars gathered here rely on critical theory and historical research to consider cinema alongside its media companions: television, the gallery space, digital media, and theatrical environments. Ends of Cinema underscores the shared project of film and media studies to open up what seems closed off, and to continually reinvent approaches that seem unresponsive.
Contributors: Caetlin Benson-Allott (Georgetown), James Leo Cahill (University of Toronto), Francesco Casetti (Yale), Mary Ann Doane (Berkeley), André Gaudreault (University of Montréal), Michael Boyce Gillespie (City College of New York), Mark Paul Meyer (EYE Filmmuseum), Jennifer Lynn Peterson (Woodbury University-Los Angeles), and Amy Villarejo (Cornell).