What are the potentials and pitfalls of the list in a moment of rebellion? Malini Guha looks at the cultural politics of the anti-racist film list in the context of Black Lives Matter.
In “You are the Film I Started to Make but Never Finished,” Eleni Kalantzi exposes the inner thoughts and emotions of a student on what’s happening on the “outside.”
Helen Morgan Parmett and Conn Holohan introduce this installment of Student Voices. First, Helen Morgan Parmett discusses the themes of her seminar course, “Culture in the Mediapolis,” from which student essays in the section are drawn. Morgan Parmett emphasizes the ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic influenced the course and her students. Holohan then provides an introduction to the short films students’ submitted as part of the section’s special feature on student responses to the pandemic.
Caitlyn Williams analyzes the film Crazy Rich Asians in conjunction with contemporary cultural policy efforts in Singapore that emphasize the creative economy.
Stanley Nugent, an MA student in Film Production & Direction at The John Huston School of Film, N.U.I.G., explores the effect of the lockdown on their 18 year old son in the film “Springtime 2020.”
In her poetic video essay, “The Long Way Home,” Lena Stevens pays homage to the tender moments of togetherness that we are fighting for every moment we spend in isolation.
Michael Naim discusses the phenomenon of Sherlock Holmes tourism in London. Naim argues that Sherlock tours stem from earlier forms of literary tourism, but the series’ multi-generational and multi-media expansions have created a more immersive form of media tourism.
Anan Zhou examines the use of social media and labor conditions in China during the coronavirus pandemic.
Abigail Rhim explores the departure of the Golden State Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco, arguing that media discourses circulated by the team, fans, and residents of both cities following the move demonstrate the significance of the team to Oakland’s sense of place-based identity.
Christian Golden compares the use of ruins in the documentary Detroit: Comeback City and the fiction film Gran Torino, arguing that ruins in these two films resonate with the city’s efforts to attract business and investment through imagining a nostalgic past that can be retrieved to renew Detroit’s future.
Yang Zhan examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on labor mobility, particularly for service workers, in China’s growing economy.
Luís Costa discusses the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on residents of the favelas in Rio’s divided city.
Francisco Foot Hardman documents actions of solidarity from faculty and undergraduate students at Peking University to indigenous communities in Brazil.
Hui Jiang discusses the tension between socio-economic rights and civil rights in South Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first of our global reports on COVID-19, Laura-Zoë Humphreys shows how the disruption of person-to-person media distribution networks has affected urban sociality in Havana, Cuba.
Claire King interviews Caitlin Bruce on her new book, Painting Publics: Transnational Legal Graffiti Scenes as Spaces for Encounter
Anna Viola Sborgi considers how recent documentary films reconfigure porosity as permeability, and reflects on questions of social inclusion in the city under lockdown.
Erin Schlumpf thinks through the spatial politics of slow cinema and orders to shelter in place.
Annie Dell’Aria discusses screen media’s potential to make both public space and private space—during times of social distancing—more porous.
Carrie Rentschler explores urban porosity via a feminist infrastructural focus on key points of transfer and transit in the city that activists target for change using a range of aesthetic and political strategies
Sabine Haenni’s introduction to the second round explores pores as media, biology, and as form.
Hai Ren rethinks the creative city away from its anthropocentricism and toward a nonhuman art intelligence
Filmmaker Ariel Nasr explains the premises and production history of The Forbidden Reel, a documentary about the Afghan film archive reflecting the social-political structures of Afghanistan and its capital Kabul.
The China-Africa engagement has been a heated topic of debate for the past decade, not only in academia, but also with the general public….
Caitlin Bruce reports on urban art and social movements in Bogotá.
Carrie Rentschler on feminist and anti-racist practices in the porous urban spaces and surfaces of chalking, graffiti, and postering
Annie Dell’Aria shows how illuminations and projections move through the fluid, living skin of the built environment, parting the boundaries between public and private space
Erin Shevaugn Schlumpf discusses Liu Jiayin’s documentary interiors in connection to Beijing’s porous, globalized space
Anna Viola Sborgi explores the varied history of London’s Docklands as a vector of threats to the empire, the loci of gentrification, and a space where the past opens into the present
Sabine Haenni introduces the new Roundtable with some reflections on the meanings of the porous and the historical origins of the idea of the porous city
Floris Paalman reflects on the legacy of Thomas Elsaesser and discusses the importance of space and architecture to his theories of film and media.
Igor Krstic remembers the film scholar Thomas Elsaesser and reflects on his impact as a teacher and mentor.