Juan Carlos Rodríguez
Dr. Rodríguez is Associate Professor of Spanish at Georgia Tech and co-editor of the collection of essays New Documentaries in Latin America (Palgrave, 2014). He is also co-editing a book series, Reframing Media, Technology, and Culture in Latin/o America, for the University Press of Florida. His current book project, Cinematic Ruinologies: Cuba, Documentary and the Ambiguous Rhetoric of Decay, explores representations of space and place in documentaries made in Cuba. He is the creator of The Global Media Festival: Sustainability Across Languages and Cultures.
Professor Rodríguez is a Latin American film scholar whose research focuses on the representation of Latin American cities in documentary. He studies how Latin American documentaries represent contemporary urban issues such as housing problems, transportation dynamics, water resources, economic development, and social movements. For Rodríguez, documentary is an audiovisual discourse that opens the possibility to examine urban imaginaries, which in turn reveal the ways city dwellers perceive, experience, and transform their cities. Many documentaries offer ways of imagining the city that either overlap with or challenge some of the “mental mappings ” and “interpretive grids” developed by dwellers, visitors, and tourists when exploring different urban realities. Viewers can infer and reconstruct an imaginary map of the city each time a documentary gives shape to the navigation of the physical city and to the routes, itineraries, and actions of city dwellers. In his publications, Rodríguez explores documentaries as moving maps and embodied cartographies of contemporary urban issues.
He completed his doctorate at Duke University's Literature Program, where he also earned a certificate in Latin American Studies. His research areas include documentary studies, sustainability, critical theory, urban studies, and digital humanities. His articles have appeared in The Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Latin American Perspectives, Revista Iberoamericana, Revista Pensamiento de los Confines, Debats, Journal of Sport History, and La Habana Elegante. He has taught courses on Latin American cities, Spanish Service Learning, Globalization in Latin America, Latin American documentaries, Science Fiction from Latin America and Latin American music. At the School of Modern Languages, Dr. Rodríguez has participated in the organization of various events, including the symposium on Latin American Media Studies in the Age of Digital Humanities.
Jin Liu is Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture at Georgia Tech. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Literature and Culture from Cornell University. Her interdisciplinary research studies contemporary Chinese popular culture from the perspective of language, sound, voice, and music. She is the author of the book, Signifying the Local: Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium (Brill, 2013). Drawing on cultural and literary theories, media studies, and sociolinguistics, this book examines recent cultural productions rendered in local languages and dialects (fangyan in Chinese) in the fields of film, television, the Internet, popular music, and fiction in mainland China. She has done intensive research on contemporary Chinese independent and underground films, comedy films, and dialect films. Her book examined works of the film directors such as Jia Zhangke, Li Yang, Ning Hao, Lu Chuan, Jiang Wen, Guan Hu, Feng Xiaogang, Joan Chen, Lü Yue, Dai Sijie, and etc..
She co-edited and contributed to the book, Chinese Under Globalization: Emerging Trends in Language Use in China (2012). She has also published articles in journals including positions: Asia Critique, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Twentieth-Century China, Journal of Modern Literature in Chinese, Chinese Language and Discourse, and Harvard Asia Pacific Review.
Jan Uelzmann is Assistant Professor of German at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A specialist on literature, film, and culture of postwar West Germany, his research explores the role of government PR films in the West German nation building process, gender relations, spatial topographies, and the FRG’s “provisional capital” Bonn. His articles have appeared in German Quarterly, Monatshefte, Seminar, and Colloquia Germanica. His recently completed book manuscript is entitled Staging Democracy in West Germany: Government-Sponsored Films by the Deutsche Wochenschau during the Adenauer Years (1949-1963).
Stéphanie Boulard (Ph.D, Emory University, 2006) is Associate Professor of French in the School of Modern Languages at Georgia Tech and an affiliate of the French Research Center Groupe Hugo-CERILAC (EA 4410) of Université Paris-Diderot, France.
Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include French Cinema, film and the relations between film aesthetics, literature, theory and philosophy, 19th-century French literature, 20th-21st-century French literature and culture, visual arts, and feminine writing. Professor Boulard is the curator of both the French and Francophone Film Festival and the French Speaker Series at Georgia Tech. She has also created and developed the French Cinema track in the School of Modern Languages.
She is the author of Rouge Hugo (Septentrion, 2014) and of over 20 essays published as chapters in books, or as articles in journals, and has also co-edited several volumes. Her work has appeared in numerous forums including Revue des Sciences Humaines, Littérature, Review SITES Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Francographies, and Paroles Gelées on a range of topics including works by Hugo, Quignard, Cixous, Balzac, Michaux, Louis-Combet, and Genet.
Gregory Zinman is an assistant professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he was a ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Columbia University and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His research interests include experimental film and media, artists’ film and video, digital aesthetics, the moving image online, and early computer films. His writing has been published in venues including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, American Art, Film History, MIRAJ, and Millennium Film Journal. He is currently finishing his first book, Handmade: The Moving Image Without Photography, and is editing, with John Hanhardt, Nam June Paik: Selected Writings, forthcoming from the MIT Press. He serves as a curatorial consultant to the Yale University Art Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and has programmed film and media art at the Film-makers’ Co-op, the Museum of the Moving Image, Asia Society New York, and the Ann Arbor Film Festival, as well as a number of venues in Atlanta.