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Caroline Bem

Caroline Bem
 

Academic Career

Graduation / Academic Degrees

2015
Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
2009
M.A. in Communication Studies, Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Current Position(s)

Postdoctoral Fellow – Université de Montréal (IRTG Diversity, CRIalt, Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques)

Lecturer – Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques, Université de Montréal

Position(s) Held

2015-2016
Postdoctoral Researcher – CRIalt, Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques, Université de Montréal
2013, 2016
Lecturer – Department of Art History and Communication Studies & Department of English, McGill University, Montreal
2014-2015
Doctoral Fellow – Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas, McGill University

Relevant (International) Research Experience

2009-2014
Member of “Médias et vie urbaine à Montréal” (multi-insitutional research group in Montreal involving McGill University, UQAM, and UdeM with ties to Mexico and Hungary)
2009
Intern, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy
2004, 2005
Intern, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic

Major Research Grants, Scholarships and Awards

2014-2015
ARCHIE MALLOCH GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP IN PUBLIC LEARNING, McGill University, Montréal
2015, 2013, 2012
ARTS GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD, McGill University, Montréal
2013-2014
ARTS DISSERTATION WRITING WORKSHOP FELLOWSHIP, McGill University, Montréal
2013-2014, 2012-2013, 2011-2012, 2010-2011
BEAVERBROOK DISSERTATION COMPLETION GRANT, GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP, GRADUATE TRAVEL GRANT, McGill University, Montréal
2010- 2011, 2009-2010
MCCALL MCBAIN FELLOWSHIP, McGill University, Montréal
2010-2011, 2008
PRINCIPAL’S GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP, McGill University, Montréal
2009-2010
PROVOST’S GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP, McGill University, Montréal
2007-2008
ARTS AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL FULL MAINTENANCE SCHOLARSHIP (declined), United Kingdom

Memberships and other relevant Activities

Associations
  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA)
  • Universities Arts Association of Canada (UAAC)
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)
  • International Society for Intermedial Studies (ISIS)

Research Group
Centre de Recherches Intermédiales sur les arts, les lettres et les techniques (Université de Montréal)

since 2010
Editorial functions
Co-founder and co-editor, Seachange: Art, Communication, Technology

2011-2012
Assistant editor, Intermédialités: histoire et théorie des arts, des lettres et des techniques

List of Publications

a) Publications in refereed journals and book publications

2016
“The Diptych in Narrative Cinema: Medial Transubstantiations and Generic Paradox in Grindhouse and Death Proof.” Cinema Journal. ‘under review’
2016
“Mediality, Materiality, Narrative: Successive Incarnations of a Special Effect in Vanishing Point and Death Proof.” Screen 57.1 (Spring 2016): 52-70. doi:10.1093/screen/hjw001
2015
“Text as Image in the Digital Age: A Formalist Reading of Polyvore Sets.” In L’Imaginaire: texte et image / The Imaginary: Word and Image, edited by Claus Clüver, Matthijs Engelberts and Véronique Plesch, 243-260. Leiden and Boston: Rodopi, 2015.
2012
“Miles to go before I sleep: Narrative Reconfigurations and Generic Border-Crossings in Recent American Cinema.” In (Re)discovering “America”: Road Movies and Other Travel Narratives in North America/ (Re)descubriendo “América”: road movie y otras narrativas de viaje en América del Norte, edited by Wilfried Raussert and Graciela Martínez-Zalce, 155-170. Trier, Germany and Tempe: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier/ Bilingual Press, Arizona State University, 2012.

b) Other publications

2012
“Exposition de Jeremy Borsos à SBC.” Ciel Variable 92: 80.
2012
“Jeremy Borsos: Frieze Frames, SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, Montreal Feb 4 to Mar 31 2012.” Canadian Art (http://www.canadianart.ca/online/reviews/2012/03/22/jeremy-borsos-sbc).
2011
“Chris Stones.” Border Crossings 118 (30, 2): 108.
2010
“Sharing Interiority: Notes on Tino Sehgal’s Guggenheim Solo Show.” Seachange: Art, Communication, Technology 1: 81-119.

Specific Qualification as Participant of the IRTG

In my dissertation, I studied the ways in which the diptych—an ancient material, visual and narrative form—was able to endure over time by migrating from medium to medium. While my doctoral research was interested in tracing the tension between stability and change that underlies the patterns of exchange, translation, and migration that characterize the endurance of cultural forms, my postdoctoral research focuses on the ways in which intermedial studies have developed on both sides of the Atlantic, particularly in central hubs for media studies in Quebec and Germany. Here, I am especially interested in mapping how the intersection (or lack thereof) between different understandings of “mediality” depends upon inter- or transcultural exchanges that take place at multiple levels of academic investigation.

In parallel, I am also becoming growingly interested in thinking about how paying attention to forms—material, medial, narrative, but also social and political—offers new avenues for ethical thinking. In this context, for instance, the diptych is no longer simply understood as a vehicle for visual or narrative content, but becomes, instead, a useful tool that sheds new light on the ways in which social or political situations can be read, and thus affected.
 
 
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