The Centre for Cinema Studies offers expert advice and consultation for policy purposes concerning film culture.
Contemporary Cinema Series
Edited by Ernest Mathijs and Steven Schneider
published by Editions Rodopi
For proposals and information, please contact brill.com
The Centre for Cinema Studies at UBC hosts the book series Contemporary Cinema, a series of single-authored and edited volumes on the latest in film culture, theory, reception and interpretation. The series concentrates on films released since the 1970s, and the aim is to reflect important current issues while pointing to others that to date have not been given sufficient attention.
Thus far, Contemporary Cinema has focused on three streams of contemporary cinema: ecology and cinema, French cinema, and Asian cinema.
Contemporary Cinema welcomes proposals and queries on these streams, as well as on other aspects of current cinema from around the world.
Available titles include:
Forthcoming titles include:
Review of Sean Cubitt's Ecomedia:
"Cubitt's blend of local and global issues makes EcoMedia an enormously important book"
--Holly Rogers, Scope
Review of Mireia Aragay's Books in Motion:
"a welcome addition to the existing critical literature in this area of study [...] the strength of the volume resides on the bold move to assemble and pack between covers an array of different models for the dissection of filmic texts."
--Clara Calvo, Atlantis Journal
Review of Mathijs & Pomerance's From Hobbits to Hollywood:
"The array of essays in From Hobbits to Hollywood covers a great deal of ground in terms of the variety of conceptual and methodological approaches adopted and objects of study they embrace. [This book contains] forceful and cogent interpretations of The Lord of the Rings that foreground certain problematic political, racial and even religious connotations"
--Duncan Petrie, Screen
Review of Jay McRoy's Nightmare Japan:
"[McRoy's] research into Japanese cultural issues is exhaustive [...] This book will undoubtedly be of use to researchers and students.
--Daniel Martin, Scope
Review of Jay McRoy's Nightmare Japan:
"Jay McRoy sure knows his share of Japanese horror culture and films. He takes you into his understanding of where they came from and where its going. [...] A well thought-out, articulate book"
--Bone Digger, Horrornews.net
Dr. Davinia Thornley (University of Otago) researched the intersection of film festival attendance and indigenous activism through case studies of New Zealand, Canadian and American indigenous film festivals.
Catherine Griff (Swinburne University) explores how creators of screen fiction engage with their audiences, including case studies of high profile Australian producers and interviews with Canadian digital media creators.
Robyn Citizen's research examines the functions of blackness in the reflexive construction of Japanese identities in Japanese cinema.
Miguel Olid researched Spanish/Canadian co-productions, and the distribution of Spanish cinema abroad during his stay at the Centre.
Alexander Pavlov researched cult cinema's transnationalism during his stay at the Centre.
Jenna Ng examined the function of machinima, films shown in virtual worlds, or media suspended in between game, image, avatar and our selves, during her stay at the Centre.
Rebecca Coyle was researching the on-screen presence of Bowen Island, and the soundscapes of Baz Luhrmann and The Jetsons during her stay at the Centre.
María del Mar Grandío studied new ways of television fiction production on online platforms in Canada during her stay at the Centre.
Philip Drake researched the reception and political economy of Hollywood's operations in Canada during his stay at the Centre.
Steffen Hantke researched representations of the Cold War during his stay at the Centre.
Angela Piccini studied representations of archaeological heritage in factual screen media contextualized by the 2010 Olympic Games.
Tomáš Pospíšil Visiting Scholar June-August 2007, and August 2010.
Murray Pomerance conducted research on cinematic representations of early applications of electricity while visiting the Centre.
Jamie Sexton executed preparatory research on world cult cinema while staying the Centre.