Katherine Barcsay is an M.A. Candidate in Film Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is currently working on her thesis entitled, “Profit and Production: The Cult of Jane Austen on Film,” in which she explore the various adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, their reflection of specific cultural contexts, and the continued economic viability of Austen’s work. Katherine also enjoys Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain.
Brenda Cromb is an M.A. Candidate in Film Studies at the University of British Columbia, where she is completing her thesis on melodrama and postmodernity in the films of Pedro Almodóvar. At the 2008 FSAC Annual Congress, she will be giving a talk on music, camp, and the politics of style in John Waters’ Hairspray. Brenda’s research interests include the politics of gender, genre, and affect in postmodern cinema, particularly in the musical.
Andrew deWaard is an M.A. Candidate in Film Studies at UBC, finishing his thesis, “The Museum: Textworks, Cultural Economy, and Polytextual Dispersion,” and co-authoring a book on Steven Soderbergh. His most recent publications are “It’s Up To You… No Really, It’s Up to You: Radiohead, Big Music, and the Future of the ‘Record’ Industry,” (The Business of Entertainment) and “Joints and Jams: Spike Lee as Sellebrity Auteur” (Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader).
Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University in Ontario. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books, including Film Genre Reader, The Dread of Difference: Gender and The Horror Film, and Film Genre: From Iconography to Ideology. His most recent books are Auteurs and Authorship: A Film Reader and American Cinema of the 1960s: Themes and Variations. He is currently completing 100 Documentaries with Jim Hillier for the British Film Institute and Shadows of a Doubt: The Myth of Masculine Crisis In American Film.
Graeme Krautheim is a Graduate Student in Film Studies at UBC, and is currently writing his thesis on Italian Holocaust representation. He has published “Virtuous Violence: The Displacement of Socialism on to the Maternal Body in Good Bye, Lenin and Die Unberührbare” in fait accomplit and is currently conducting research on the cinema of Adrian Lyne.
Susan Ingram coordinates the European Studies Program at York University and is part of the editorial collective of spacesofidentity.net. Publications such as Zarathustra’s Sisters: Autobiography and the Shaping of Cultural History and several co-edited volumes reflect her interest in the institutions and shifting geopolitical realities of cultural modernity.
Alasdair McMillan is currently completing a Master of Arts at the University of Western Ontario, in the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism. At present, his research interests lie at points of convergence between twentieth-century French philosophy, complexity theory, and culture (‘pop’ or otherwise). He maintains a weblog and occasionally publishes other works at http://supplem.net.
Colleen Montgomery is currently completing a Master of Arts at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include subtitling and translation studies, as well as the films of Julian Schnabel. She will be giving a paper on Turkish-German cinema and the ‘third space’ at the upcoming 2008 FSAC conference.
Andrew Patrick Nelson is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Arts, Languages and Literatures at the University of Exeter. His dissertation is a reevaluation of the Western genre. Prior to moving to the UK, he completed an Hon.B.A. in Cinema Studies and English at the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Film Studies at Carleton University.
Brent Strang is an M.A. Candidate in Film Studies at UBC. His research interests include performance studies, Jan Svankmajer, Surrealism and Cruelty, and Hollywood cinema with special attention to the contemporary Western and gangster film. He is presenting a paper on Cinema of Cruelty at the 2008 FSAC Graduate Colloquium.
R. Colin Tait earned his M.A. at UBC with his thesis enititled, “Assassin Nation: Theorizing the Conspiracy Film in the Early 21st Century.” Recent publications include “Piercing Steven Soderbergh’s Bubble” in The Business of Entertainment and “Class and Allegory in Spike Lee’s Inside Man” in Fight the Power!: The Spike Lee Reader. Colin will begin his Ph.D. studies at The University of Texas at Austin this fall and is currently co-authoring a monograph on Steven Soderbergh.