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Cinema and Media Studies

The Program in Cinema and Media Studies is an interdisciplinary unit focusing on the history, theory, and analysis of cinema and other audio-visual media. 

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Cinema and Media Studies Major

The Undergraduate Major in Cinema and Media Studies takes a capacious view of cinema and media studies, and requires students to choose classes among four subject areas: Film Theory; National & International Cinema; Documentary, Animation, and Experimental Cinema; and Genre & Auteur Cinema. An in-depth two-semester study of the history of cinema is also required. In addition, students can elect to add courses in digital film production.


Graduate Field Committee

The Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies allows graduate students to study in their home department and include film studies faculty as advisors and committee members. Many Film Studies faculty are also members of the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature, which allows another avenue for graduate studies in cinema and media studies at the University.

Faculty and Research

Faculty and Research

Our Faculty represents a wide swath of the College of Arts and Humanities, including the Departments of English, History, and Art History, and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

The Program has teaching and research strengths in world cinema, film and media theory, early cinema, feminist and women’s cinema, the history of American cinema, science and the moving image, and various national cinemas throughout the world.

About the Cinema and Media Studies Program

The Program in Cinema and Media Studies is committed to the advancement of research and teaching on all aspects of cinema and media studies and welcomes participation from across campus. The faculty maintain ties with colleagues across the U.S. and the globe and regularly sponsor scholarly events on campus. Cinema and Media Studies aims to promote a robust and vigorous intellectual environment and to create a scholarly home for the advanced study of cinema and media.


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Jonathan Auerbach Cinema and Media Studies Research Award

Established in 2019-20, the award supports research and writing projects of the Cinema and Media Studies faculty. The Award is named in honor of Jonathan Auerbach, Professor Emeritus of English and Film Studies, and one of the founding members of the program.

Learn more about the award.

Representations and Reception of French and Francophone Women Writers in the Media, (19th-21st centuries)

International two-day colloquium


Author/Lead: Maria Beliaeva Solomon, Mercédès Baillargeon
Non-ARHU Contributor(s): Elsa Courant, CNRS
Dates: -

Featuring a keynote address by Marie-Ève Thérenty and closing dialogue with Martine Delvaux, this two-day colloquium brings together scholars from around the world to expose, discuss, and debate the issues that inform the representation and reception of French and Francophone women writers in the media, from the nineteenth century to the present day, in light of their diverse social and political realities. Insofar as it implies the analysis of strategies of visibility, and even self-promotion, the study of representations of women writers in the media extends a significant current of contemporary literary analyses – that of posture and auctorial scenography – while also including perspectives on issues of gender and identity building, understood broadly, within the study of the reception and representations of women authors.

Making Levantine Cuisine: Modern Foodways of the Eastern Mediterranean

From family staples to national dishes, Making Levantine Cuisine addresses the transnational histories and cultural nuances of the ingredients, recipes, and foodways that place the Levant onto an ever-shifting global culinary map.

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Author/Lead: Anny Gaul
Non-ARHU Contributor(s): Graham Auman Pitts, Vicki Valosik

Melding the rural and the urban with the local, regional, and global, Levantine cuisine is a mélange of ingredients, recipes, and modes of consumption rooted in the Eastern Mediterranean. Making Levantine Cuisine provides much-needed scholarly attention to the region’s culinary cultures while teasing apart the tangled histories and knotted migrations of food. Akin to the region itself, the culinary repertoires that comprise Levantine cuisine endure and transform—are unified but not uniform. This book delves into the production and circulation of sugar, olive oil, and pistachios; examines the social origins of kibbe, Adana kebab, shakshuka, falafel, and shawarma; and offers a sprinkling of family recipes along the way. The histories of these ingredients and dishes, now so emblematic of the Levant, reveal the processes that codified them as national foods, the faulty binaries of Arab or Jewish and traditional or modern, and the global nature of foodways. Making Levantine Cuisine draws from personal archives and public memory to illustrate the diverse past and persistent cultural unity of a politically divided region.

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Transnational Dimensions of Moroccan Gender History Sources, Access, Politics

This roundtable essay discusses the promises and challenges of adopting a transnational analytical approach to gender history in modern Morocco.

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Author/Lead: Anny Gaul

This essay is a contribution to a roundtable that brings together the work of gender historians whose research collectively ranges from Morocco to Afghanistan, and traces a variety of connections across the Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Collectively, we demonstrate the many ways that women in the Middle East and North Africa collaborated with one another and with women in other world regions in the name of national independence, women’s rights, and economic justice, often shaping gender norms in the process. This contribution demonstrates that multiple generations of Moroccan women activists engaged with ideas and movements circulating through the Middle East and beyond as they advocated for liberation. It examines how the nation-state sets up particular barriers to narrating these vital transnational dimensions of women's history in Morocco.

Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies 17:3, November 2021

Program Director

Luka Arsenjuk

Associate Professor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Associate Professor, Cinema and Media Studies
Affiliate, English

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College Park MD, 20742

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