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The primary mission of the Ecomedia Studies community is to facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship by offering forums for cross-disciplinary communication.
This site is a first step as it is designed to:
- Generate dialogue through discussions
- Post news on the current state of Ecomedia Studies
- Advertise pertinent Calls for Papers
- Provide resources such as scholarly bibliographies and teaching syllabi
- Identify journals of interest and organizations that welcome ecomedia scholarship.
For many of us, our first sense of community began to crystallize at the 2009 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) conference in Victoria, British Columbia. It was evident that non-print media had captured the ecocritical imagination – not only was there a special session devoted to Ecological Media, which was attended by fifteen participants, but multiple panels were also devoted to ecomedia. There were enough panels on film to elicit a category designation (along with other more traditional ASLE categories such as “Science and the Humanities” and “Creative Nonfiction”).
While the surging ecocritical interest in non-print media is exciting, the conference also afforded a space for considering the current status and future of the scholarship. Forums such as the Ecological Media seminar generated the following questions, among others:
- How do we define ecomedia?
- What are forms and functions?
- What might we expect from ecomedia as a form of art, advocacy, and/or activism?
- How do we articulate theories and practices of ecomedia studies?
Similarly, panels such as “(Un)Natural Visions: Ecocritical Perspectives on Film and Visuality”, “Toward an Ecological Film Criticism: Gender, Genre, and Form in American Cinema,” “Cinematic Ecologies,” and “Animals and Animality on Screen” probed questions of theory and practice through diverse theoretical angles and subjects of analysis.
As the Ecomedia Studies community emerges, we look forward to a continuously developing and rigorous field of interdisciplinary study.
Matt Beehr, Institutional Research Analyst, Hamline University
I’m an occasional contributor to Ecomedia Studies. I’ve collaborated with Salma Monani on an article exploring ecological themes in John Sayles’s Honeydripper, and enjoy discussions of environmental justice and activism. In my other academic life, I perform institutional research, which includes looks at environmental initiatives on campus.
Mark Bernard is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Interdisciplinary Studies at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds a Ph.D in American Culture Studies with a focus on film, media, and culture from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He is co-author of THE POLITICS OF FOOD AND FILM (Wayne State, forthcoming).
Joseph Clark, PhD candidate in Environmental Communication and Associate in Online Course Development, Florida State University.
I’ve always looked at environmental messages in the media with a critical eye, but I happened to be taking a course on Environmental Communication in the Media at the same time I was discovering multiuser virtual environments, and I became fascinated with the many ways “nature” and “virtual” intertwine. Embodiment, visual rhetoric, remediation, and political economies seem to be recurrent themes. My academia.edu page has more about my research interests.
Sean Cubitt, Professor of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London
Cathy Fitzgerald, PhD Candidate at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, Ireland
I am a rural-based eco artist, modeling best eco art practice for an arts practice-theory PhD. In my transdisciplinary eco art practice that involves forestry, forest policy development and film-making, I look at evolving ideas in ecocinema to explore the cultural works we make of the natural world that may both help or hinder our relations to our environments . My audiovisual research work ‘resiliencies’ can be seen at www.ecoartflm.com
Andrew Hageman, Assistant Professor, Luther College
My approach to ecocriticism and ecomedia studies takes shape at the intersections of machines, ideology, ecology and media. I am fascinated by the diverse ways machines and ecological crises and challenges have been ideologically bundled together from the Industrial Revolution to the present moment. To analyze these historical bundlings, I work with precise figures (such as cogs) and how they function within an individual medium and as they cross media. My work is just as likely to deploy Karl, Graucho, and/or Harpo as it is to reference Leo Marx.
Pietari Kaapa, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Helsinki.
I am currently focused on expanding the normative framework of transnational screen studies by synergizing its concerns with ecocriticism. As part of this thematic expansion, I am working on a monograph on ecology and Nordic film cultures, editing issues of the journal Interactions: Studies in Communication and Cultures and co-editing, with Tommy Gustafsson, Transnational Ecocinemas: Film Culture in an Era of Ecological Transformation (forthcoming from Intellect.)
Jennifer Ladino, Assistant Professor of English at the University of Idaho.
My research and teaching interests include twentieth- and twenty-first-century American literature, American Indian literatures, Western literatures of the U.S., and green cultural studies, including animal studies and film studies. I have published on Grizzly Man and March of the Penguins, and I’m currently working on an essay about species identity in documentaries that depict working relationships between human and nonhuman animals.
Scott MacDonald, Professor, Hamilton College and Harvard University
Salma Monani, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Gettysburg College.
My forage into ecomedia was through unconventional pathways as a PhD project that started out contemplating science (specifically geology) communication in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge debate soon morphed into considerations of Native Alaskan representations, indigenous film, and from there on to ecocinema.
Stephen Rust, Instructor, English and Cinema Studies, University of Oregon.
Co-editor, Ecocinema Theory and Practice (2013) and Ecomedia Key Issues (2016)
Carter Soles, Assistant Professor and Director of Film Studies, English Department SUNY-Brockport
Nicole Starosielski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her research focuses on the global distribution of digital media, and the relationships between technology, society, and the aquatic environment.
John Tinnell, PhD Student & Instructor, English, University of Florida
My interest in ecomedia studies is a by-product of my research in new media, environmental rhetoric, and film aesthetics. Currently, I’m especially drawn to thinking back and forth between the ecological and the digital in continuum with Felix Guattari’s unfinished theoretical projects, namely ecosophy and post-media.
Janaína Welle, is a masters degree student researching Brazilian environmental documentary films at State University of Campinas – Brazil.
James Wicks, Assistant Professor of Literature and Film at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego.
Paula Willoquet-Marcondi, Professor and Chair, Media Arts Department, Marist College. Co-Chair of Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Salma Monani, Gettysburg College (Site Moderator)
Stephen Rust, University of Oregon (Site Moderator)
Adrian Ivakhiv, University of Vermont
Andrew Hageman, Luther College
David Ingram, Brunel University, West London
Carter Soles, SUNY Brockport
Matt Beehr, Hamline University (Site Copy Editor)
We welcome others to this forum.