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.