Chris Robé


Chris Robé
PhD, Film and Media Studies/Literature, Lehigh University

Email: crobe@fau.edu
Phone: (561) 297-1306
Areas of Expertise: Film and Media Studies, Historical Materialism, Cultural Studies, Media Activism

My primary research concerns the use of media by various activist groups in their quest for a more equitable world. In the twenty-first century, media does not simply offer a representational platform for disenfranchised voices, but more importantly serves as a material practice to engage in collective struggles for equity, justice, and more sustainable systems. I have written about U.S. radical film culture in the 1930s in my book Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture (U of Texas Press, 2010) and have published numerous articles on media activism within various journals like Cinema Journal, Jump Cut, Framework, Culture, Journal of Film and Video, and Film History. My recent book, Breaking the Spell: The Rise of Video Activism and the New Anarchism, explores the emergence of anarchist-based video activism.

I am researching the relationship between video/digital media activism and state repression related to animal rights campaigns, counter-summit protesting, copwatching, and anti-Muslim surveillance. I am also engaged in archival work related to Raymond Williams’ work on film and television.

I occasionally scribble for Cineaste and the online journal   PopMatters.

Recent Publications

“Documenting the Little Abuses: Copwatching, Community Organizing, and Video Activism,” Pop Matters (January 2017): http://www.popmatters.com/feature/documenting-the-little-abuses-copwatching-community-organizing-and-video-ac/

“Detroit Rising: The League of Revolutionary Black Workers, Newsreel, and the Making of Finally Got the News,” Film History: An International Journal 28, no. 3 (2016): 125-158.

Co-authored with Todd Wolfson and Peter Funke, “Rewiring the Apparatus: Screen, Theory, Media Activism, and Working-Class Subjectivities,” Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society 28, no. 1 (2016): 57-72.

“The Convergence of Eco-Activism, Neoliberalism, and Reality TV in Whale Wars,” Journal of Film and Video 76, no. 3-4 (2015): 94-111.

"Anarchist Aesthetics and U.S. Video Activism," in Jump Cut 56 (Winter 2014-2015): http://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc56.2014-2015/RobeAnarchists/index.html

“When Cultures Collide: Third Cinema Meets the Spaghetti Western," Journal of Popular Film and Television 42, no. 3 (2014): 163-174.

"Materializing Cultural Struggle in Film and Media Studies," Culture, Theory and Critique 55, no. 1 (2014): 17-33.

"'Because I Hate Fathers, and I Never Wanted to Be One:' Wes Anderson, Entitled Masculinity, and the 'Crisis' of the Patriarch," in Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema, Ed. Timothy Shary (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2013);

Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas (PM Press 2017)

Left of Hollywood: Cinema, Modernism, and the Emergence of U.S. Radical Film Culture (U of Texas Press 2010)


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