TRACE CABOT is a PhD student and Annenberg Fellow in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He received his MA in Cinematic Arts (Critical Studies) from USC in 2015, and double-majored in English and Cinema Studies as an undergraduate at the University of Oregon. He most recently worked as a research associate at the Institute for Communication Arts and Technology and film lecturer at Hallym University in Chuncheon, South Korea. His research uses early film and animation theory as a vantage point for looking at contemporary Lacanian-Marxist thought, with case studies drawn primarily from Japanese and South Korean genre films and Japanese animation. His current projects include co-authoring a book chapter on Korean film scholarship and organizing academic programming for an anime convention in Portland, OR.
Research Interests: Siegfried Kracauer, Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht, Theodor Adorno, Dziga Vertov, Sergei Eisenstein, Alain Badiou, Slavoj Žižek, Alenka Zupančič, Marxist Film Theory, Psychoanalytic Film Theory, Semiotics, Surrealism, Repetition, Anime & Manga Studies, Korean Film, Japanese Film
Advisor: Ellen Seiter