photo credit - Mary Lou Chlipala 
SAC graduate students participated in a workshop with USC Professor Akira Lippit in the SAC conference room on Friday, January 22. Using Lippit's article "Plus Surplus Love: Jacques Derrida's Echopoiesis and Narcissism Adrift" as an entry point, they discussed topics including new perspectives for exploring medium specificity, film theory, semiotics, and phantoms.
Screening of Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 
Helmut Stern Auditorium - UMMA
5:30 p.m. -- Free Admission 

Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll tracks the twists and turns of Cambodian music as it morphs into rock and roll, blossoms, and is nearly destroyed along with the rest of the country. This documentary film provides a new perspective on a country usually associated with only war and genocide. The film is a celebration of the incredible music that came from Cambodia and explores how important it is to Cambodian society both past and present.

This event is organized by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and co-sponsored by the Sheldon Cohn Fund in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the School of Music, Theatre & Dance, the Center for World Performance Studies, and WCBN-FM. 

Professor Johannes von Moltke and the German Studies Colloquium Present
A Talk by UNC's Inga Pollman: 
"Mise-en-scène, Mood, Milieu: Stimmung as a Compositional Principle"
Friday, January 29, 2016 
3308 MLB
2:00 p.m.  - Free and Open to the Public 
Inga Pollmann studied film, German Literature and Philosophy in Kiel, Berlin, Seattle and Chicago. She received her degree in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago in 2011. Her research focuses on the history of film theory, intersections of film, science and philosophy, and the place of the moving image within aesthetic theory. She has published on Russian montage cinema, German abstract cinema, the interrelation of German biology, particularly the writings of Uexküll, and film theory in the 1920s, the question of mood and coldness in film, and contemporary German cinema. 
SAC Speaker Series Presents
A Talk by Doctoral Candidate Josh Morrison: 
"Camp Labour: Productive Violence, Queers Bashing Back, and the Cine-Fist"
Friday, February 5, 2016 
SAC Conference Room 6360, North Quad 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Image from Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives
(Israel Luna, 2010)
In this working talk, Josh Morrison will outline the larger theoretical framework of his dissertation, "Excess Labour, Excessive Consumption: A Theory of Loving Media, Useless Use Value, and Queer Cultural Capital." Each chapter of his dissertation reframes a media genre or aesthetic style as a form of queer labour and rethinks key terms in materialist theories of value. Josh will focus on chapter three of his dissertation, on camp as labour, and how queers and transfolk consume "bad" media as a way to communally ameliorate the affective traumas of living under capitalism, especially in Israel Luna's controversial film Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives (2010). He will finish with a tentative discussion of the links between exploitation and queer consumptive labour.
#UMBLACKOUT Symposium 
Thursday, February 11, 2016 
Assembly Hall, 4th Floor Rackham Graduate School
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month the #UMBlackout: Mobilizing Black Communities for Radical Transformation in the Digital Age symposium invites your participation in a working session about contemporary black activist leadership for transformative change through digital forums. Through workshops, lectures, and a panel discussion, a wide variety of scholars, campus and grassroots organizers will engage in diverse reflections about the role of the internet in social change efforts through strategic mobilization. Join us in a collective discussion to advance discourse and direct action in community practice in the digital age. 
SAC's Will O'Donnell ('15) recently claimed the title "Young Alumnus of the Month" and was featured on the UM Alumni Association's website. In an interview with Alexander Bernard, O'Donnell reveals the details about his post-graduation adventures. After backpacking in Europe for two months, he moved to New York in hopes of becoming a Production Assistant.. Recently, O'Donnell has worked on two Woody Allen films, Showtime's new series "Billions," and Hulu's new comedy "Difficult People." He states, "[W]hile the hours are unhealthy 90 percent of the time (14 hours is a standard day), I really do love what I do and consider myself lucky to be a part of so many great productions."  When asked where he is going after his work on "Difficult People" ends, O'Donnell responds, " [...] Sometimes part of being a production assistant is that you don't know what your next gig is until your current one ends. Sometimes you don't even know where you'll be working on Friday. You just have to do your best work, maintain all of your connections, and figure it out. It keeps me on my toes."
photo credit - Yuki Nakayama 
At left, students gather in NQ Space 2435 to hear USC Professor Akira Lippit's talk "Like a Sleeping Cat (In Roland Barthes's Empire of Sleeping Cats)," part of the SAC Speaker Series. At right, SAC Doctoral Candidate Yuki Nakayama and Associate Professor Daniel Herbert thank  Lippit at the reception in the Donald Hall Collection. 
Professor Yeidy Rivero Wins Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award of 2016
SAC Professor Yeidy Rivero’s 2015 book, BROADCASTING MODERNITY: Cuban Commercial Television, 1950–1960 (Duke) has recently been awarded the Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award of 2016.  The Kovacs Award, presented through the Society of Cinema and Media Studies, is the most prestigious book award of the profession. Congratulations, Yeidy!
SAC Faculty Spotlight:
Assistant Professor Colin Gunckel
Since the publication of his book Mexico on Main Street in 2015, Colin Gunckel has been busy with a number of projects. He is currently working in various capacities with three exhibitions funded by the Getty Research Institute’s 2017 initiative LA/LA: Latin America in Los Angeles. For one, he is serving on the curatorial board of a project organized by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, based in part on his research and publications on Mexican film culture in Los Angeles. This project will include a film program, website, oral histories, and an edited anthology. Gunckel is also editing and contributing to the catalog for the LA RAZA exhibition at the Autry National Center, a project that draws from an archive of over 20,000 photographs taken during the Chicano movement. Additionally, he will be contributing an essay on the queerness of early LA punk for an exhibition organized by the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. He is currently co-editing an issue of Film History on Mexican silent film culture, and he has essays forthcoming in the journal Social Justice and in an edited anthology on Latin American cinema. As associate editor of the A Ver: Revisioning Art History monograph series, Gunckel is also overseeing the publication of two new volumes for 2016.  
The Mason Theater, part of the UCLA Film and Television Archive Project 
SAC Graduate Student Spotlight: Doctoral Student Kayti Lausch
Kayti Lausch is a third year PhD student in the SAC Department. Her research examines how religious cable channels respond to the dual demands of the commercial marketplace and their desire to promote the gospel. Her approach combines media industry studies with cultural history, and considers how technological changes and cultural shifts impacted these religious channels. She is looking forward to teaching “American Television Networks” in the summer term, which will focus on how cable channels like ESPN and ABC Family/Freeform have constructed their audiences and branded themselves since the advent of cable. In her spare time, she waxes rhapsodic about Jane the Virgin and Playing House.
SAC Doctoral Candidate Josh Morrison Receives IRWG Community of Scholars Fellowship (Summer 2016)
In the COS program, Josh Morrison will spend May and June writing in Ann Arbor, where he will workshop chapter 3 of his dissertation: "Camp Labour: Productive Violence, Queers Bashing Back, and the Cine Fist." He will continue writing and researching through July and August, and then he will visit Cornell University's archives to finish his primary source research for chapter 2: "Erotic Labour: Bears!" Finally, Josh will participate in a symposium in Fall of 2016, reviewing the work he did over the summer. Congratulations on the fellowship, and best of luck with your research, Josh!