Alice O Lovejoy

Alice Lovejoy is a film, media, and cultural historian whose research examines governmental and institutional media cultures in transnational perspective. Her first book, Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military (Indiana University Press, 2015), was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2016 University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies (ASEEES), and longlisted for the 2016 Kraszna-Krausz Moving Image Book Award. This book traces the emergence of an experimental film culture in the Czechoslovak Army’s film studio (1929-1969), and includes a DVD of thirteen short films produced by the Czechoslovak Ministry of Defense.

Lovejoy is currently working on two book projects. The first, Raw Material: World War II London, Cinema, and the Early Cold War, posits World War II London as a critical site in the development of early Cold War media cultures, aesthetics, and geographies, via a material history of the numerous government film institutions based in the wartime city: the exiled Belgian, Czechoslovak, Dutch, French, Norwegian, and Polish Ministries of Information and Foreign Affairs; the American Office of War Information; the Soviet War News Film Agency; and the British Ministry of Information. The second studies the intertwined histories of a series of postwar children’s television and film institutions—among them, Iran’s Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults (Kanoon), East Germany’s National Center for Children’s Film and Television, Czechoslovakia’s Center for Films for Children and Youth, and UNESCO’s International Centre for Films for Children and Young People. She has also worked as a film critic, curator, and filmmaker, including as an editor at Film Comment magazine.

Lovejoy’s research has been supported by, among others, an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) postdoctoral fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, and a McKnight-Land Grant Professorship.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. : Film Studies and Comparative Literature, Yale University, 2009.
  • B.A. (honors): Documentary Studies and Social Issues, Brown University, 2001.

Specialties

  • Film and media history and historiography
  • Nonfiction and experimental film
  • Institutions and the state
  • East Central European film, literature, and cultural history
  • Theories of history and the public sphere
  • Film criticism and filmmaking
Courses Taught
  • MIMS 8003: Historiography of the Moving Image
  • CSCL 3178W: Documentary Cinema: History and Politics
  • CSDS/CL 8910: Propaganda
  • CSCL 5910: Russian and East European Film and Film Theory
  • CSCL/SCMC 1201: Introduction to Cinema and Media Culture
  • SCMC/MIMS 5002: Advanced Film Analysis
  • CL/CSDS 8901: Introduction to the Profession: Critical Methods of Research, Pedagogy, and Creative Work in the Humanities
  • CSCL/SCMC 1201W: Cinema
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Media Archives Committee, Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2014–2017:
  • Film Comment magazine: Editorial positions , 2001 - 2010

Research

  • Raw Material: World War II London, Cinema, and the Early Cold War:
  • Study of postwar children's film and television institutions:

Creative

  • Karel Vachek U.S. retrospectives: Co-curator, 2002 & 2009
  • Section on Czechoslovak Army Film, International Documentary Film Festival Jihlava: Curator, 2008
  • Cinema All the Time: An Anthology of Czech Film Theory and Criticism, 1908 – 1939, ed. Jaroslav Andel and Petr Szczepanik, trans. Kevin B. Johnson (Prague: National Film Archive and Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 2008): Manuscript editor,
  • Who Killed Cock Robin?, dir. Travis Wilkerson: Assistant Director, 2005
  • Boxing, Butte, MT, July 2003 (film made for screening with live performance of composer Missy Mazzoli’s “Orizzonte“): Director, 2004
Publications
  • Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2015).
  • Companion DVD to Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2015). Thirteen previously unreleased short films by the Czechoslovak Ministry of Defense, presented in new transfers with English subtitles.
  • “Moving Images: On Institutions, Geography, and History,”East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, vol. 28, no. 4 (November 2014): 709–714.
  • “‘Video Knows No Borders’: Samizdat Television and the Unofficial Public Sphere in ‘Normalized’ Czechoslovakia,” in Samizdat, Tamizdat, and Beyond: Transnational Media During and After Socialism, ed. Friederike Kind-Kovács and Jessie Labov (New York: Berghahn, 2013), pp. 206–217.
  • “Československý armádní film a planování,” in Naplanována kinematografie: Český filmový průmysl, kulturní politika a statní planování, 1945-1960, ed. Pavel Skopal (Prague: Academia, 2012), pp. 232–251.
  • “From Center to Periphery, or How Karel Vachek Formed a New Government,“ in The Blackwell Companion to East European Cinemas, ed. Aniko Imre (Blackwell, 2012)
  • “When You Leave, You Want Time to Stand Still: Paris s’éveille,” in Olivier Assayas, ed. Kent Jones (Vienna: Österreichisches Filmmuseum, 2012), pp. 75–79.
  • “A Military Avant-Garde: Experimentation in the Czechoslovak Army Film Studio, 1967 – 1969,“Screen 52: 4 (Winter 2011): 427 – 441.
  • “Surplus Material: Archives, History, and Innovation in Czechoslovak Army Films,“The Moving Image 2011: 2 (Fall 2011): 1 – 20.
  • “From Ripples to Waves: Bazin in Eastern Europe,“ in Opening Bazin: Postwar Film Theory and its Afterlife, ed. Dudley Andrew with Hervé Joubert-Laurencin (New York: Oxford UP, 2011)
Awards
  • Martin Miller and Hannah Norbert-Miller Visiting Fellowship, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, 2016
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, University of Minnesota, 2013-2015
  • ACLS Early Career Postdoctoral Fellowship in East European Studies, 2011 - 2012
  • Imagine Fund Annual Award, 2011-2014, 2012-2015, 2015-2018
  • Austrian Studies Research Grant, 2011 - 2012
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship, 2011 - 2012
  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention , 2011
  • University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award, 2011 - 2012
  • ACLS East European Studies Program Travel Grant, 2010
  • Columbia University Society of Fellows in the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship (declined), 2010
  • Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship: U.S. Department of Education, 2007 - 2008
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Czech Republic, 2003 - 2004