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PhD Students

Centre for Film and Screen

 

Paul Merchant

Paul Merchant is a PhD candidate at the Centre of Latin American Studies. His research examines figures of house and home in contemporary film from Argentina and Chile. The home, and with it conservative notions of familial and territorial belonging, has often been associated with repressive practices, particularly during periods of dictatorship. Paul’s work looks at how recent documentary and fiction productions from these countries destabilize the term, examining afresh the porous boundaries between the private and the public, the material and the imaginary, and between nature and culture. The films thus prompt questions on subjectivity and community, the role of media and technology, and on gender and sexuality, conducted in dialogue with thinkers from Jacques Derrida to Nelly Richard and Jean-Luc Nancy.

Paul has translated work by Mercedes Araujo, Mariano Blatt and Gerardo Sifuentes for Palabras Errantes, and texts by Raúl Ruiz, Julio Le Parc and Oscar Murillo for the Serpentine Gallery in London.

Publications:

‘Beyond Biopolitics: Reading Bolaño’s Human Fragments’, Modern Languages Open [forthcoming]

> Email: pm437@cam.ac.uk

Screenings and Events

Ironies of Web 2.0

2 May 2019

Ironies of Web 2.0 Professor Damon Young Film & Screen Studies MPhil Conference Monday May 6th at 6pm in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College Keynote Lecture Contemporary media cultures evince a crisis of authorial perspective, experienced as a collapse of the distinction between sincerity and satire...

Vertigo Effects: Film, Flight, and Simulation Sickness

1 May 2019

Vertigo Effects: Film, Flight, and Simulation Sickness Dr Patrick Ellis Georgia Institute of Technology 4pm, Wednesday 8th May 2019 McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College One of the first media pathologies associated with cinema was “camera sickness,” a vestibular malady that shared symptoms with other newly...

Todd Solondz: Filmmaker in Residence 2019

11 April 2019

We are delighted to announce that the award-winning independent American filmmaker Todd Solondz will be at the Centre for Film and Screen in early May of the Easter Term, 2019. Solondz is one of the leading figures in what has come to be known as ‘independent cinema’—cinema produced outside the Hollywood studio system—a...