Intimate Media: New Queer Documentary and the Sensory Turn

  • Tue 24 Oct 17

    17:30 - 19:00

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event speaker

    Professor Jeffrey Geiger

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of

The work of new queer documentary is often invoked, without clear distinctions, as forming a part of the movement labelled by B. Ruby Rich in 1992 as ‘new queer cinema’ (commonly abbreviated to NQC).

This paper aims to rethink a characterization of new queer documentary (or NQD) as a kind of sub-genre or sub-development within NQC and instead suggests that queer nonfiction filmmaking—while playing a central role in, and intersecting with, the emergence of NQC—evolved out of its own distinctive relations to the traditions of the documentary form its commonly-held social functions. As our own post-truth era intensifies pressures on documentary’s status as an established—as well as long-contested—authoritative factual medium, my approach stresses not just NQD’s ‘queerness’ in relation to mainstream or normative cinematic productions of the late-1980s and 1990s, but its complex interactions with perceptions of objectivity, factuality, and truth in media that have been uniquely associated with the documentary form.

Jeffrey Geiger is Professor of Film Studies in LiFTS at Essex. His books include American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation (2011); Facing the Pacific: Polynesia and the U.S. Imperial Imagination (2007); Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (2005, 2013); and Cinematicity in Media History (2013, co-edited with Karin Littau). Articles have appeared in PMLA, Third Text, African American Review, ZAA, Cinema Journal, New Formations, Film International, and The Times Literary Supplement. Recent work includes a chapter on New Nigerian cinema in The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (Remapping World Cinemas), and one on Kodachrome and Pacific tourism in Discourses of Imperialism in the Pacific (Routledge).

The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception in the LiFTS Common Room.

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