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 named co-winner of the Modern Language Association’s 2018 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures. It was also awarded Honorable Mention for the 2016 University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies (ASEEES) and the 2017 Czechoslovak Studies Association Book Prize, 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, Tales of Militant Chemistry: A History of Raw Film Stock, examines the intersections between media and war economy between 1938 and 1948 through a material history of raw film stock, of which there was a worldwide shortage in this period. Following stock and its components between the United States, Germany, Britain, Western and Eastern Europe, and Francophone African colonies, the book describes how the shortage entwined with the period’s geopolitics, including the beginnings of the Cold War. The second project 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. With Mari Pajala, she is also editing a volume entitled Remapping Cold War Media: Institutions, Infrastructures, Networks, Exchanges.

Lovejoy’s research has been supported by, among others, an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) postdoctoral fellowship, a Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellowship, two Fulbright fellowships, and the University of Minnesota's McKnight-Land Grant Professorship. She has also worked as a film critic, curator, and filmmaker, including as an editor at Film Comment magazine.

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
  • Geopolitics and political economy of media
  • Media technologies
  • 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
  • HSEM 3076: Children and Cinema
  • 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

  • Tales of Militant Chemistry: A History of Raw Film Stock:
  • 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
  • “‘A World Eternally Under Construction’: Věra Chytilová and Late-Socialist Prague,”Studies in Eastern European Cinema 2018:2 (special issue on Věra Chytilová, ed. Peter Hames), 1–15.
  • “‘A Treacherous Tightrope’: The U.S. Office of War Information, Psychological Warfare, and Film Distribution in Liberated Europe,” in Cinema’s Military-Industrial Complex, ed. Lee Grieveson and Haidee Wasson (Berkeley: U. California Press, 2018), pp. 305–320.
  • “František Vláčil’s China Notebook/Čínský sešit Františka Vláčila,” in Tereza Stejskalová, ed., Filmáři všech zemí, spojte se!/ Filmmakers of the World, Unite! (Prague: Tranzit, 2017), pp. 169–192.
  • 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
  • Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Book Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Modern Language Association, 2018
  • Fulbright Fellowship, France, 2017 - 2018
  • Czechoslovak Studies Association Book Prize, Honorable Mention, 2017
  • Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship, 2017 - 2018
  • Honorable Mention, University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies, ASEEES, 2016
  • 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, 2007 - 2008
  • Fulbright Fellowship, Czech Republic, 2003 - 2004