On the Fringe – Schedule

Conference Program

Friday, October 16

, Coffee


“Alternative Medias and Urban Space”

Faculty Respondent: Dr. Courtney White, USC

“Moving out/in: Public Access Television and the Shifting Politics of Urban Geography”
Matt Dewey, PhD Candidate, Dept. of Communications, UC San Diego

 “P is for Pornography: Exploring PornHub’s Entry into Mainstream Advertising and the Media’s Coverage of Porn being Publicized in Public Places”
David Stamps, MA Candidate, Mass Communications, CSU Northridge

“Choreographing Spaces – K-pop Flash Mobs and Fan Activism”
Debjani Dutta, PhD Student, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

“Technology and Discourse: Fringe Networks and Public Perception”

Alumni Respondent: Dr. Anna Everett, UCSB

“The Pandit Phenomenon: Internet Celebrity, Controversy and Media Convergence in Kerala”
Darshana Sreedhar Mini, PhD Student, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

“Classified Documents: The Opaque Logics of the No Fly and Terror Watch Lists”
Daniel Grinberg, PhD Student, Film & Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara

“‘Home is Bound to Horizons of Reach,’ Technically: Constructing a Digital-Diasporic Model through Cecile Emeke’s Strolling/Flâner Web-Series”
Philana Payton, PhD Student, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

“Screening the Pre-Infant: Ultrasound and its Realisms”
Lisa Han, PhD Student, Film & Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara


Academy Film Archive Presentation

“Coming Soon! A History of Movie Theatre Advertisements in the U.S.”

Alejandra Espasande and Kelly Kreft

Eisenstein Award Presentation to Hou Hsiao-hsien

Screening of The Assassin (2015)
Hou Hsiao-hsien in person Q & A with Dr. Akira Mizuta Lippit
Presentation of the Eisenstein Award by Dr. David E. James

Location: SCA 108

*RSVP required


Evening Special Event: The Legacy of Blaxploitation
In collaboration with the African-American Cinema Society
Filmmakers Antonio Fargas, Scott Sanders, Michael Jai White, and Melvin Van Peebles in person!

Location: Eileen Norris Cinema Theater
3507 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Followed by outdoor reception in Queen’s Courtyard.

Saturday, October 17

Sign In & Breakfast   

Opening Remarks

“Finding the Radical in the Commercial: Genre, Exploitation, and Cult Cinema”

Alumni Respondent: Dr. Shawna Kidman, UC San Diego

“‘I Can’t Believe a Soldier Would Do a Thing Like That:’ The Monstrous Vietnam Veteran in the Exploitation Film”
Robert Ashmore, PhD Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

 “Troma, The Toxic Avenger, and the Paradox of Cult Communities”
Benjamin van Loon, MA, Communication, Media, & Theater, Northern Illinois University

“What Big Eyes You Have: Animal Point-of-View Shots in Horror and The Limits of Vision.”
Isaac Rooks, PhD Student, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

“From Regional to National: Spaces of Vision and Subversion”

Alumni Respondent: Dr. Janani Subramanian, Hammer Museum

“Transgressing Time and Space: Afrofuturism, Third Cinemas, and New Revolutionary Activism”
Jheanelle Brown, MA Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

 “Space and the Marvelous Real in Post-Special Period Cuban Cinema.”
Bianka Ballina, PhD Student, Film & Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara

“Timor-Leste’s First Narrative Feature, Beatriz’s War (2013)”
Eleanor Huntington, MA Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

“Realism Through Modernity: The Case of Early Tamil Cinema”
Bhargavi Narayanan, PhD Student, Film & Media Studies, UC Santa Barbara


“Media of Moral Anxiety: Sexuality, Pornography, and the Social Imagination”

Alumni Respondent: Dr. Stephen Tropiano, Ithaca College, LA

“Pornography of the Poor Image: MMS Scandals, Virality and the Pornographic Imagination in India”
Anirban Baishya, PhD Student, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

 “Snuff Film and Bootleg Circulation”
Kevin Chabot, PhD Student, Dept. of Communication, UToronto

“Tracing Polyamory and Dissent in Eros + Massacre
Ennuri Jo, MA Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies, USC

 “Solidification and Flux on the ‘Gay White Way’: Gay Porn Theaters in New York City, 1969–1973”
Matt Connolly, PhD Student, Dept. of Communication Arts, UW Madison

Academia and Marginalized Fields of Study
Faculty Roundtable Discussion

Dr. Priya Jaikumar
Dr. Marsha Kinder
Dr. Akira Mizuta Lippit
Dr. Michael Renov


Keynote Lecture

“After the Third Eye: Theory and Practice”

Dr. Fatimah Tobing Rony, Associate Professor, Film & Media Studies, UC Irvine

Closing Remarks


Conference Reception
Hotel Figueroa Veranda (Downtown Los Angeles)

939 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Sponsored by the Division of Cinema and Media Studies

Open to all conference participants, alumni, faculty, students and their guests! Light food and beverage will be provided. Pool will be open for the adventurous!