Film Studies Program



We live in a world filled with constructed images. All of us encounter a steady stream of moving pictures delivering messages blatant and subtle that solicit us, elicit our emotions, and play key roles in framing our perceptions of the world. In order to truly understand our culture - even perhaps to understand ourselves - we need to understand how filmic representations work, and work on us.

At Connecticut College we take film studies to be a vital area of intellectual inquiry, framed firmly within the traditions and goals of the liberal arts, valuable to a wide range of students, not merely vocational training for would-be media professionals.

Our goal is to cultivate a true moving picture literacy - to educate students in the language of moving images and its uses. Our method is to integrate theory with practice, combining film scholarship with creative work in film production.

As a student majoring or minoring in film studies, you'll engage in critical and historical analyses of the moving image in many forms, including not only the classic Hollywood cinema, but also other national cinemas, documentary, avant garde and experimental film, and television.

Production classes are also an important part of our curriculum. We frame them not as technical training, but as active learning experiences in how the stylistic devices of film are used in the construction of meaning. Our production curriculum is designed to give you a maximum of opportunities to act as an author of a creative project.

We do not believe that either film scholarship or filmmaking should be conceived as narrow specializations. We see film studies as an inherently interdisciplinary endeavor and encourage you to combine your interests in film with other areas of inquiry available at the College.

Oscar-winning alumnus to teach, mentor film studies students this spring (Feb. 13, 2014).

Film Studies Faculty

Elizabeth Reich, Assistant Professor of Film Studies Elizabeth Reich, Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Elizabeth Reich, Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Film and new media studies • Black cinema • Race and cinema • Afrofuturism • African American studies • Psychoanalysis • Cultural studies

Associated Faculty

Courtney Baker, Associate Professor of English

Courtney Baker, Associate Professor of English
African-American studies • Cultural studies • Visual studies • Film and new media studies • Literary criticism • Critical theory

Luis M. Gonz├ílez, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies

Luis M. Gonz├ílez, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies
Contemporary peninsular literature • Spanish film studies • Spanish cultural studies • Culture and ideology

Karolin Machtans, Assistant Professor of German Studies

Karolin Machtans, Assistant Professor of German Studies  (On sabbatical Spring 2015)
20th and 21st century German literature and film, with a special focus on post-1945 German history and culture, minorities and transnationalism • Representations of the Holocaust • Gender studies • Memory studies • Translation studies • Interdisciplinary approaches to environmentalism and urban space

Qiang Ning, Chu-Niblack Associate Professor in Asian Art, Curator of the Chu-Griffis Asian Art Collection

Qiang Ning, Chu-Niblack Associate Professor in Asian Art, Curator of the Chu-Griffis Asian Art Collection
Asian art history • Contemporary Chinese art • Gender in Chinese art and society • Silk Road archaeology • Art market/Art Collection

Kristin Pfefferkorn, Associate Professor of Philosophy

Kristin Pfefferkorn, Associate Professor of Philosophy
Philosophy of art and architecture • Philosophy of film • Feminist philosophy • 19th and 20th-century continental philosophy • German Romanticism

Paola Sica, Associate Professor of Italian, Chair of the Italian Studies Department 2014-2015

Paola Sica, Associate Professor of Italian, Chair of the Italian Studies Department 2014-2015
Italian culture in comparative context (especially literary and visual representations from late 19th century through the contemporary era, with emphasis on modernism and avant garde) • Gender studies • Critical theory • Translation and transculturation • Language pedagogy

Catherine J. Spencer, Professor of French

Catherine J. Spencer, Professor of French
17th century French literature • French cinema • Theory (structuralism & Post); Gay and Lesbian/Queer theory • "Bande dessinee" - Franco-Belgian comics

Retired Faculty

Elizabeth Reich, Assistant Professor of Film Studies

Elizabeth Reich, Assistant Professor of Film Studies
Film and new media studies • Black cinema • Race and cinema • Afrofuturism • African American studies • Psychoanalysis • Cultural studies

Janis Solomon, Lucretia L. Allyn Professor Emeritus of German; Director of Film Studies Program 2002-2006

Contact Information:

Phone:
860-439-2676

Email nmartin1@conncoll.edu

Film Studies Program
Connecticut College
270 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT 06320-4196