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Professor Jeffrey Geiger

Professor
Department of Literature Film and Theatre Studies (LiFTS)
Professor Jeffrey Geiger
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872623

  • Location

    5NW.5.11, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    on leave spring term 2018

Profile

Biography

Jeffrey Geiger's background ranges from research into film and literature to professional film work, particularly editing. After coming to Essex, he was the University's first director of Film Studies, later established the Centre for Film and Screen Media, and currently is the Centre's director. Other posts have included director of the American Studies Centre, and Graduate Director. In both teaching and research, his interests have stressed intersections between film practice, criticism, and theory. His research and wide-ranging publications engage with documentary and non-fiction cinema history and theory, film and literature, and Asia/Pacific Studies, with further work in ethnographic film, human geography, 'cinematicity', and constructs of race and gender in US film and literature. More recently his research has looked at Nigerian video films in terms of a common critical resistance to lower budget video, and as transitional media. 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 (with R. L. Rutsky, expanded edition 2013); and Cinematicity in Media History (2013, with Karin Littau). The latter developed from a special issue of Comparative Critical Studies, 'Cinematicity' (2009), based on an international conference hosted at Essex. Articles have appeared in journals such as PMLA, Third Text, African American Review, ZAA, Cinema Journal, New Formations, Film International, and The Times Literary Supplement, with chapters appearing in numerous books and encyclopaedias. 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). Professor Geiger is a member of a number of professional organisations, including SCMS and BAFTSS, and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. Ph.D. supervision areas include: film and visual media, including film / media practice in critical and theoretical contexts; documentary, non-fiction, and ethnographic film/media; US cinema (especially ethnicity and gender studies); transmedia studies; films of and about Asia/Pacific regions.

Qualifications

  • BA Cornell University

  • MA University of California, Los Angeles

  • PhD University of California Los Angeles

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Director of the Centre for Film and Screen Media, Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 1/1/2013 - present )

  • Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies University of Essex ( 1/1/2010 - 1/1/2013 )

  • Director of the American Studies Centre, University of Essex ( 2004 - 2008 )

Other academic

  • External Examiner, MA Film Studies University of Malta ( 30/8/2018 - present )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Documentary film and media

Interactions between film / media practice and theory

Low-budget and amateur movies

Race and Ethnicity in US literature, film, and television

Writing and film of / about the Pacific

Nollywood and New Nigerian cinema

Current research

Aerial Cinematics and the 'World Picture'

Colour Technologies and Non-fiction Travel Films

Teaching and supervision

  • Approaches to Film and Media (LT121)

  • Black Lives Represented: Writing, Art, Politics and Society (LT218)

  • American Film Authors (LT347)

  • Film and Propaganda (LT355)

  • Writing in Society: The Art of Communication (LT705)

  • Independent Film Project (LT833)

  • Independent Project in Film Studies (LT834)

  • Documentary and the Avant-garde: Film, Video, Digital (LT930)

Publications

Journal articles (10)

Geiger, J., (2012). Nollywood Style: Nigerian movies and 'shifting perceptions of worth'. Film International. 10 (6), 58-72

Geiger, J., (2011). Documentary: Negotiating the Public Sphere. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics. 74 (Winter), 144-149

Geiger, J. and Littau, K., (2009). Guest Editors' Introduction to Comparative Critical Studies (special issue: Cinematicity). Comparative Critical Studies. 6 (3), 287-295

Geiger, J., (2008). Taking Aim: New Documentary and War. Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA). 56 (2), 153-173

Geiger, J., (2004). Special Relationships: British Higher Education and the Global Marketplace. PMLA: Publications of the Modern Language Association. 119 (1), 58-68

Geiger, J., (2004). Imagined Islands: White Shadows in the South Seas and Cultural Ambivalence. Cinema Journal. 41 (3), 98-121

Geiger, J., (2001). Re-assessing the Past and Future of Feminist Film Theory. Sexualities. 4 (2), 246-251

Geiger, J., (1999). Unmaking the Male Body: The Politics of Masculinity in The Long Dream. African American Review. 33 (2), 197-207

Geiger, JA., (1999). America on film: Hollywood and American history. JOURNAL OF AMERICAN STUDIES. 33, 166-167

Geiger, J., (1998). 'The Camera and Man': Colonialism, Masculinity, and Documentary Fiction. Third Text. 12 (44), 3-21

Books (5)

Geiger, J. and Rutsky, RL., (2013). Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (Second edition). W W Norton. 9780393923247

Littau, K. and Geiger, J., (2013). Cinematicity in media history. Edinburgh University Press. 9780748676125

Geiger, J., (2011). American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation. Edinburgh University Press/Oxford University Press. 9780748621477

Littau, K. and Geiger, J., (2009). Cinematicity (Special Issue of Comparative Critical Studies). Edinburgh University Press

Geiger, J., (2007). Facing the Pacific: Polynesia and the U.S. imperial imagination. University of Hawaii Press. 9780824830663

Book chapters (11)

Geiger, J., (2018). The Voyager's Sublime: Kodachrome and Pacific Tourism. In: Discourses of Imperialism in the Pacific: The Anglo-American Encounter. Editors: Keown, M., Taylor, A. and Treagus, M., . Routledge. 0415842921. 978-0415842921

Geiger, J., (2018). Cinematic Gestures: Flows and Disruptions on the Yankee Voyage, 1936-38. In: Shifting Grounds: Cultural Tectonics along the Pacific Rim. Editors: Ernst, J. and Glase, B., . Winter Verlag

Geiger, J., (2017). Media Refashioning: From Nollywood to New Nollywood. In: The Routledge Companion to World Cinema. Editors: Stone, R., Cooke, P., Dennison, S. and Marlow-Mann, A., . Routledge. 59- 72. 9781138918801

Geiger, J., (2015). United States Expansionism and the Pacific. In: The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism. Editors: Ness, I. and Cope, Z., . Palgrave Macmillan. 9780230392779

Geiger, J., (2014). Documentary, Memory and the Iraq Syndrome. In: Representations of War, Migration, and Refugeehood Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Editors: Rellstab, DH. and Schlote, C., . Routledge. 978-0-415-71176-0

Geiger, J., (2013). Making America Global: Cinematicity and the Aerial View. In: Cinematicity in Media History. Editors: Geiger, J. and Littau, K., . Edinburgh University Press. 9780748676118

Geiger, J., (2013). Nanook of the North (1922): Fiction, Truth, and the Documentary Contract.. In: Film Analysis: A Norton Reader (Second edition). Editors: Geiger, J. and Rutsky, RL., . W W Norton. 9780393923247

Geiger, J. and Littau, K., (2013). Introduction: Cinematicity and comparative media. In: Cinematicity in Media History. Editors: Geiger, J. and Littau, K., . Edinburgh University Press. 1- 18. 9780748676149

Geiger, J., (2011). Subaltern Looks and the Imperial Gaze: Charles Warren Stoddard's South Sea Idyls. In: Indiscretions. At the Intersection of Queer and Postcolonial Theory.. Editors: Aydemir, M., . Rodopi. 33- 51. 9789042031876

Geiger, J., (2005). 'The game behind the game'?: Spatial Politics and Spike Lee's He Got Game. In: Race and Ethnicity in New York City. Editors: Krase, J. and Hutchison, R., . Emerald. 83- 105. 9780762311491

Geiger, J., (2000). Sightseeing: 'Voyage au Congo' and Ethnographic Spectacle. In: Andre Gide?s Politics: Rebellion and Ambivalence. Editors: Conner, T., . Palgrave. 111- 130. 9780333915370

Thesis dissertation (1)

Geiger, JA., America's White Shadows: Modernist Ethnography and the South Pacific

Contact

j.geiger@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872623

Location:

5NW.5.11, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

on leave spring term 2018