FTVM Faculty Spend Summer Publishing, Presenting, Creating, and Winning Accolades!

Professor Yeidy M. Rivero

Professor Yeidy M. Rivero, Chair of Film, Television, and Media, is one of five recipients of this year's Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Awards.  Rivero has been committed to amplifying Latinx and other minority voices throughout her entire career. Her work sits at the juncture of media studies, Latino/a studies, and feminist theory and communications, addressing critical issues around identity, race, gender and class in modern media. She has played an important role in building the subfield of Latin American and Latina/o television studies through attention to understudied regions of the world and interdisciplinary methods of research and analysis. Rivero was previously the director in the Latina/o Studies Program, and, as the current Department Chair of FTVM, she has made significant strides in diversifying the film, television, and media faculty.

Rivero’s commitment to bringing attention to otherwise unheard voices is reflected in her undergraduate and graduate teaching. She created a Wolverine Pathways summer program for K-12 students from under-resourced backgrounds who are interested in film and TV. “Dr. Rivero has made broad, long-lasting, varied, innovative, and impactful accomplishments in advancing DEI through her leadership, scholarship, teaching, mentorship, and outreach. She is committed to addressing events of deep, personal significance for marginalized communities,” wrote Fiona Lee, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Professional Development, professor of psychology and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, LSA.

Text extracted from University Record's "Five honored with Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Awards," June 1, 2021. Read the full article here

Professor Markus Nornes 

Professor Markus Nornes published a new book entitled Brushed in Light: Calligraphy in East Asian Cinema (University of MIchigan Press, 2021). Drawing on a millennia of calligraphy theory and history, Brushed in Light examines how the brushed word appears in films and in film cultures of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and PRC cinemas. This includes silent era intertitles, subtitles, title frames, letters, graffiti, end titles, and props. Markus Nornes also looks at the role of calligraphy in film culture at large, from gifts to correspondence to advertising. The book begins with a historical dimension, tracking how calligraphy is initially used in early cinema and how it is continually rearticulated by transforming conventions and the integration of new technologies. These chapters ask how calligraphy creates new meaning in cinema and demonstrate how calligraphy, cinematography, and acting work together in a single film. The last part of the book moves to other regions of theory. Nornes explores the cinematization of the handwritten word and explores how calligraphers understand their own work.

Professor Giorgio Bertellini 


Professor Bertellini has translated iterations of the “Archival News” column he curates for the The Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies on Cecilia Mangini and Lino Del Fra Collection (Cineteca di Bologna), the Francesco Rosi Collection (National Film Museum, Turin), and Home Movies/National Archive of Family Films (Bologna). For the same journal, he also published two book reviews on, respectively, Francesco Pitassio, Neorealist Film Culture, 1945-1954. Rome: Open Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2019) and Elena Dagrada’s book series Cinema/Origini (Mimesis). 

Associate Professor Daniel Herbert

If you rewind to the 1980s and 90s, video stores were everywhere. But now, with thousands of titles available to stream at the click of a button, what does a physical store really have to offer? A shopping destination? A bit of nostalgia? Just a memory?

In this podcast, Video Stores I, Associate Professor Daniel Herbert joins Ephemeral producer Trevor Young as he traces the rise, fall, and potential future of the video store.

Assistant Professor Melissa Phruksachart

Melissa Phruksachart's essay, "Marking the Difference Made by 'Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity': Lisa Lowe’s Impact on Asian American Studies," was published in Asian American Literature in Transition: 1965-1996, eds. Cathy Schlund-Vials and Asha Nadkarni (Cambridge University Press, 2021). The essay, published in volume three of this four-volume series, reflects on the importance of the terms "heterogeneity," "hybridity," and "multiplicity" for Asian American Studies, as Asian American cultures are often relegated to the static binaries of east/west, traditional/modern, immigrant/citizen, or parent/child. 

image credit, Film Quarterly

In addition, Phruksachart was a panelist on Film Quarterly's webinar "Reconsidering AAPI Documentary at a Time of Anti-AAPI Violence," which can be viewed here; was interviewed for a Popsugar article titled “Hollywood Needs to Take Responsibility For the Objectification of Asian Women”; participated in UnionDocs’ Beyond Story study group; and was cited by Robin DiAngelo in her new bookNice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm! 

Assistant Professor Swapnil Rai 

Assistant Professor Swapnil Rai delivered a distinguished lecture on May 8th at an international workshop on "The Dynamics of Social-Cultural Polarization: Role of Information & Communication Technologies." The workshop has been organized by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India's highest-ranked business school. In her talk Prof. Rai addressed Political mediations through the lens of popular culture and technology honing in on the celebritized persona of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

Rai also hosted and participated in SCMS podcast series on Talking Television in a time of crisis. The episode focused on Publics and explored the following questions:

During the time of the pandemic, when many of us have been cooped up in our private spaces, likely spending more time watching TV or online, what sorts of publics has TV created? 

How have such TV publics both connected and disconnected us, particularly in these times of media bubbles, and with what effects? What is the impact of widespread racial violence on the development of publics and their televisual mediation across national/global geographies and material/social locations?

Listen to the full episode here.

Additonally, Rai participated in a roundtable and wrote an article "What’s In a Name?: The In-Between World of the South Asian Diaspora in Never Have I Ever” about the Netflix show Never Have I Ever and Mindy Kaling’s nuanced portrayal of the in-betweenness of South Asian identity in the US. 

Finally, Rai served as a panelist panelist for the SCMS Media Industries Teaching Roundtable where she shared ideas and resources for teaching media industries.

Student Services Coordinator Carrie Moore

Carrie Moore was recently recognized as an outstanding graduate coordinator mentor by Sandro Faber-Bermudez of Communication Studies. 

Sandro describes Carrie as a positive role model/mentor and expresses his appreication for her support and for guiding him through complicated procedures. He notes that Carrie is always available to answer questions and is very patient when talking through hypothetical situations.

Carrie has been working in graduate education in LSA for 14 years and states, "It was a very rewarding experience to assist a new graduate coordinator navigating the first year at UM. LSA is such a supportive community, and I am very grateful to be a part of it."