Michael Baker holds a Ph.D. from McGill University. His research interests include documentary film and video, popular music and cinema, moving image technology, film style, and genre. He has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, he sits on the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Film Studies and Nouvelles vues sur le cinéma québécois, and he is co-editor of Challenge for Change: Activist Documentary at the National Film Board of Canada (with Prof. Thomas Waugh & Ezra Winton, McGill-Queen’s Press, 2010). His postdoctoral research examines the aesthetic heritage of interactive digital media and the particular case of interactive documentary’s relationship to earlier nonfiction forms. He is presently completing a manuscript, Rockumentary: The Incomplete History of the Popular Music Documentary, while additional projects include the republication of Peter Morris’s foundational Canadian film studies compendium, The War Years (1965).
Doris Baltruschat is a post-doctoral research fellow. Her research interests include globalization and culture, film and TV co-production, interactive/digital and alternative media, and social movements. She has published journal articles and book chapters on these topics in Canada, the U.S., England, Australia and China. Currently, she is finalizing her new book titled: Film in a Post-Cinema World. A Critical Perspective on Film and Multimedia Production in the Digital Age.
Dr. Joyleen Christensen (Lecturer in Film and Literature, University of Newcastle, Australia; Visiting Scholar July-December 2015) researched popular culture, in particular, celebrity and fan cultures in film, television, and music.
(Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China; UBC Visiting Scholar, September 2021 to August 2022; formerly Assistant Faculty Member in the Department of Social, Cultural, and Media Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, 2018-2021 and Sessional Instructor in Department of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria, 2016-2021).
David researches media and popular culture from a combined cultural studies and political economy perspective with particular attention to identity and class politics as well as anarchist and apocalypse philosophies in science-fiction and horror cinema. Recently David expanded his purview to explore the sociological implications of digital cinema, social media culture, video games, and contemporary media reception and participation.
For his work as a Visiting Scholar at UBC, David is collaborating with Professor Ernest Mathijs on a book-length reception study of the films and career of Canadian-Italian auteur-director Vincenzo Natali.
Robyn Citizen‘s research examined the functions of blackness in the reflexive construction of Japanese identities in Japanese cinema.
Lisa Coulthard is a professor for the Centre for Cinema Studies.
Dr. Rebecca Coyle was researching the on-screen presence of Bowen Island, and the soundscapes of Baz Luhrmann and The Jetsons during her stay at the Centre.
Addendum: The Centre was saddened to receive news of Rebecca’s death in November 2012. A memorial scholarship was installed in her name, at Southern Cross University: scu.edu.au
Joost De Bruyn
Dr. Joost De Bruyn (Associate Professor in Media and Communications, Victorias University of Wellington, October-November 2017) was with the Centre to explore research in digital media as part of the ‘Digital Cinema in Transition’ project.