2009 World Picture Conference

Dates:23-24 October 2009

Locations:Oklahoma State University

Friday 23 October, 2009

9.00 - 10.30 (Life)

Case Study 3

Bishnupriya Ghosh

University of California, Santa Barbara

“’Life’ as Style: HIV/AIDS Outdoor Media Campaigns” 

Todd McGowan

University of Vermont

“Disastrous Life Styles”

John David Rhodes

University of Sussex

“Style and Labor”

10.45 - 12.15 (Inessence)

Case Study 3

Richard Cante

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

“Post-Theatrical Cinematic Theatricality, and Post-Cinematic Theatrical Cinema”

Rosalind Galt

University of Sussex

“’Brash…Indecent…Libertine’”: Derek Jarman’s Pretty Colors”

Brian Price

Oklahoma State University

“Style and Identity”

10.45 - 12.15 (Medium)

Room 420

Drew Ayers

Georgia State University

“Planet Earth and the Televisual: Strategies of High Definition TV Aesthetics”

Charles Linscott

Ohio University

“The Lives and Deaths of Images: Digital Style and Inland Empire”

Michelle Menzies

University of Chicago

“The Epistemological Status of the Cinematic Detail: Lumière Cinema and Experience”

1.45 - 3.15 (Surface)

Case Study 3

Jennifer Barker

Georgia State University

“Thumbnails: Grasping the Soul of Cinema”

Alessandra Raengo

Georgia State University

“On the Sleeve of the Visual: Cutting through the Photographic Sur-face”


Meghan Sutherland

Oklahoma State University

“On the Ground: Figuring the Literal”

1.45 - 3.15 (History)

Room 420

Colin Burnett

University of Wisconsin-Madison

“A Case for the Non-Identity of Sequence Classes and Style Classes in Film Studies”

Chris Cagle

Temple University

“Theorizing House Style”


Sara Beth Levavy

Stanford University

“Narrative Presence: The Roosevelt Inaugural Illusion”

3.30 - 5.00 (Close-Up)

Case Study 4

Robert Cavanagh

Northwestern University

“Style, Play, Labor: Kobe Doin’ Work”

Carla Marcantonio

George Mason University

“A Sensuous Feel for the Cinematic Surfaces of Things’: Pedro Almodovar’s Extreme Close-ups”

Kristi McKim

Hendrix College

“Ephemeral Style:  Intimate Scale and Subjectivity in Doris Dörrie’s Cherry Blossoms (2008)”

3.30 - 5.00 (Embodiment)

Room 420

Michele Prettyman Beverly

Georgia State University

“WildStyle: Initiations into the Visual Style of Early Hip Hop and the Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat”

Sarah Childress

Vanderbilt University

“The Subject of Film Manifestos”




Amanda M. Dennis

University of Cambridge

“Style and the Language of Space”

5.30 (Keynote)

NRC 106

Alexander Garcia Duttmann

“Kafka and the Life of the Letter”

Saturday 24 October, 2009

10.30 - 12.00 (Understatement)

Room 108

Zach Campbell

Northwestern University

“At the Waterfall’s Edge: Cinema, the Neutral, and Forms of Neutrality”

Chelsey Crawford

Oklahoma State University

“The Permeable Self: Theorizing Cinematic Quotation”


Jeff Scheible

University of California, Santa Barbara

“On Parenthetical Style”

10.30 - 12.00 (Anachrony)

Room 207

Michael Gillespie

Ohio University

“Digging In The Crates: Hip Hop, Art Cinema, and Jim Jarmusch’s Ghost Dog (1999)”

Michael Lawrence

University of West England

“Style and Anachronism in Francois Ozon’s Angel”


Brian Wall

Binghamton University

“Style and Belatedness”

12.15 - 1.45 (Impossibility)

NRC 108

Elena Gorfinkel

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Decomposing Cinema”

Jason McGrath

University of Minnesota

“Socialist Formalism: Cultural Revolution Model Opera Films and the End(s) of Chinese Revolutionary Cinema”


Alexander M. Thimons

Northwestern University

“The Look of Testimony: Jonestown and the Limits of Documentary”

12.15 - 1.45 (Contingency)

NRC 207

Sam Ishii-Gonzalez

The New School

“Logic of Relations: The Montage Problematic in Modern Cinema”

Patrick Keating

Trinity University

“Fictional Worlds and Film Style”

Scott Krzych

Oklahoma State University

“Automotivations: Kiarostami’s ‘Mobile Way of Looking’”


Angelo Restivo

Georgia State University

“Gravity: Cinematic and the post-Cinematic”

3.15 - 5.00 (Transnationalities)

NRC 108

Nicole Rizzuto

Oklahoma State University

“Formal Exigencies of the Transnational in Caribbean Late Modernism”

Bhaskar Sarkar

University of California, Santa Barbara

“At the Taj (Style-Sheet for a Plastic Nationalism)”

Marina Peterson

Ohio University

“Sonic States: Experimental Improvised Music, Cultural Exchange, and Cosmopolitan Style”


Raysh Weiss

University of Minnesota

“Samba in the Snow: Diaspora and Identity”

3.15 - 5.00 (Negativity)

NRC 207

Abraham Geil

Duke University

“Looking Negativity in the Face”

Matt Tierney

Brown University

“Douglas Sirk’s Blind Stylistics”

Soumitra Ghosh

Oklahoma State University

“Luck by Chance, Or the Aesthetics of Over-stylization”


Hugh Manon

Oklahoma State University

“Styles of the Phallus”

5.30 (Keynote)

NRC 106

Edward Branigan

“Of Style and Theory Talk”