Film Collaborative, 2006-2008
The Film collaborative seeks to foster the research and creative work of its members, which is a coalition of scholars, critics, artists, and filmmaking professionals devoted to the appreciation, study, research, and practice of cinema. Its aim is to create an environment within which cinema can be valued and recognized as a strong disciplinary partner, with its own historical paths and techno-artistic know-how. Its members also wish to intervene in the “disciplining” of cinema studies. Traditionally, cinema as a discipline has been divided between production and study; the former is subcategorized into studio and independent films, and the latter structured around divisions between formalism and theoretical approaches, and nationalist and auteurist biases. Their goal is to seek new paths cutting across such entrenchments. Film Collaborative members contribute to the University’s E-Center for Film.
The conveners for the Film Collaborative are Rembert Hüser (Department of German, Scandinavian, and Dutch, CLA), Siobhan Craig (Department of English, CLA), Christine Marran (Department of Asian Languages and Literatures, CLA), and Hisham Bizri (Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, CLA).