ALLISON ROSS, a second year Ph.D. student at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Cinema & Media Studies Division, researches transnational, feminist and LGBT+ documentary and avant garde cinema with an emphasis on dialogic narrative form, phenomenology, and viewer response theory. Ross analyzes media that reappropriates the familiar to catalyze open-ended conversations challenging what otherwise passively might be accepted as normative. Presentations include “The Watermelon Woman and/as an Archive of Experience – a Case Study” (Visible Evidence 2017), “Autobiography and Adaptation: Polyvocality and Referential Imagery as Auto-Ethnography in Damned if You Don’t” (SCMS 2017), and “Visual Dialogues from Silenced Images: Documenting the Unspeakable in South African LGBT Documentary” (SCMS 2016).
Committee: Michael Renov (chair), Akira Lippit, Kara Keeling, Holly Willis (Media Arts + Practice Division), Amelia Jones (Roski School and American Studies and Ethnicity)
Dissertation: “(Non)Fictions of Closure: Open-Ended Cinema, Dialogism and the Politics of Ambiguity”