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Faculty | Ryan Powell

Assistant Professor , Department of Communication and Culturepowell

Phone: 855-0530
Office: 235

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Ryan Powell is assistant professor of film studies at the Department of Communication and Culture, Indiana University, where he is also affiliated faculty with the Department of Gender Studies. His research and teaching interests span film and video historiography; minor and microcinemas; audio and/or visual media in socio-sexual culture; queer theory, history and politics; cultural geography (with a focus on non and anti-metropolitan modalities); intersections between industrial and non-industrial cinema; spatiality and representation; and independent, underground and experimental cultural production and performance.

His current research is focused on questions of film and video historiography, with specific interests in areas such as: the relationship between ‘gay cinema’ and gay movement politics in the post world-war II years; non- and anti-metropolitan elaborations of queer space; the use of film exhibition in the formation of publics and counterpublics; and the use of cinematic sound in facilitating historically-specific modes of affective experience. 

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