Keynote Speakers

Amy Herzog is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Queens College, NYC, and Coordinator of the Film Studies Program at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is a faculty member in Theatre, Music, Film, and Women’s Studies.

HerzogShe received her BA in film production and gender studies from Bard College, and her MA and PhD from the Program in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. Her research interests include film, philosophy, popular music, and gender studies. She is the author of Dreams of Difference, Songs of the Same: The Musical Moment in Film (University of Minnesota Press, 2010). She is the co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Sound and Image in Digital Media with Carol Vernallis and John Richardson (Oxford University Press, 2013). With Joe Rollins, she is co-general editor of the journal WSQ. She is currently conducting research on coin-operated film arcades and urban culture.


Richard Dyer is Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at King’s College, London, and Professorial Fellow in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, UK.

Richard_DyerHe has been honored by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies, and Turku and Yale Universities, and is a Fellow of the British Academy.

His research interests include entertainment and representation and the relations between them as well as music and film (including melodrama), Italian cinema (especially in its popular forms) and gay/lesbian/queer cultures.


Rajinder Dudrah joined Birmingham City University in 2016 and was previously Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, where he held senior roles as Director of Centre for Screen Studies and Head of Department of Drama (2007-2010).


Rajinder’s academic interests are in the areas of film, media, cultural studies, and creative industries including: Bollywood cinema, Black British representation, popular music, diasporic and transnational media, television studies, and in cultural theory and qualitative research methods as applied to popular culture and creative industries research. Rajinder particularly draws on interdisciplinary approaches from Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and Sociology to think about the development of screen theory and how best to analyse the relationship between screen industries, texts and audiences. He is also one of the founders and co-editors of the internationally peer reviewed journal South Asian Popular Culture with Routledge publishers.


gorbman_claudia_photo_2013Claudia Gorbman is professor emerita of film studies at the University of Washington Tacoma. She wrote Unheard Melodies: Narrative Film Music (Indiana / BFI, 1987), and has translated and edited several books by Michel Chion, most recently Words on Screen (Columbia, 2017). She has edited or co-edited books including The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics (Oxford, 2013), and has authored about 70 articles, mostly on film music and sound.

Her teaching includes a range of film courses: film history (silent film through contemporary world cinema), film genres (most frequently the western, documentary, melodrama, musical, and film noir), individual filmmakers, national cinemas, aspects of film theory, film sound and film music, genre and gender, writing film criticism and intro to film studies.