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Dr Michele Pierson

Dr Michele Pierson

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Email michele.pierson@kcl.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 1681
Film Studies Department
King's College London
563 Norfolk Building
Strand Campus
London
WC2R 2LS 

 

Biography

Educated in Australia. Ph.D. and B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa (Intensive Graduate Course, 2008)

Previously Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Queensland.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • International Avant-garde Cinema
  • Screen Aesthetics and Spectatorship
  • Film and Philosophy
  • Institutional History of Experimental Film and Media

Michele Pierson’s research interests are in the areas of avant-garde cinema; film and philosophy (especially aesthetics); film and the other arts; the institutional history of experimental film; and film and new media. She is currently working on a monograph entitled The Accessibility of the Avant-garde: Drama and Abstraction in American Experimental Film and Media.

Michele welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests. 

For more details, please see Michele's full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Special Effects: Still in Search of Wonder (New York: Columbia University Press, 2002).
  • Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs, eds. Michele Pierson, David E. James and Paul Arthur (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). SCMS Honorable Mention for the Best Edited Collection for 2012.
  • "Avant-garde Re-enactment: World Mirror Cinema, Decasia, and The Heart of the World"Cinema Journal  49, no. 1 (Fall 2009): 1-19.
  • "Ken Jacobs: A Half Century of Cinema," in Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs, eds. Michele Pierson, David E. James and Paul Arthur (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 1-24.
  • “Jacobs’s Bergsonism,” in Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs, eds. Michele Pierson, David E. James and Paul Arthur (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011), 196-212.

For a complete list of publications, please see Michele's full research profile.

Teaching

Specialist undergraduate and graduate teaching on American Underground Cinema, Experimental Film and Philosophy, and Film and New Media.

Expertise and Public Engagement

International Advisory Board of Mirage: A Journal of Artists’ Moving Image and Editorial Board of “Thinking Cinema” Series for Continuum.

 

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