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David Joshua Benin

ph# 415.609.2162 ~ djbenin@gmail.com ~ ph 415.609.2162 ~ djb4<at>stmarys-ca.edu

 

EDUCATION

 

University of California, San Diego

Ph.D. Program, C. Phil., ABD, in Communication (2019)

Thesis: Silvan Tomkins and Visual Culture: A Genealogy of Facial Affect Technologies

Advisor: Lisa Cartwright

 

New York University, New York, NY

Master of Arts in Cinema Studies (2000)

 

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Social Sciences) (1999)

Cum laude

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

David Benin and Lisa Cartwright, 2006 “Shame, Empathy, and Looking Practices: Lessons from a Disability Studies Classroom” in journal of visual culture Vol. 5(2) Fall 2006 (London: SAGE Publications).

Share More, Feel More: Neoliberalism, Interactivity, and Affective Labor Fields. Presented at the Cultural Studies Association Conference, Carnegie Mellon University, June 1, 2018

Digital Golems: religious bodies, electronic literature,
and organization apps.
Presented at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. Rice University, 2015

‘The Ball don’t lie’: Neoliberal technologies of citizenship in the sport film. Presented at the Teachers and Media Conference, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA, 2015

Grizzly Ontologies: On Affect, Intersubjectivity, and Animal Politics. Presented at the Cultural Studies Association Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 29, 2014

Animal Sex and Narrative: Different Stories. Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Chicago., March, 2014.

Play in the City: Playground design and urban subjectivity. Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Washington, D.C., March 28, 2013.

Affect, Architecture, Suicide. Presented at the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 27, 2012.

Aural Identities: The Performativity of Sound in Experimental Queer Cinema.  Presented at The International Communication Association Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, May 27, 2012.

Power Down: Consumption, Sustainability and Environmental New Media.  Presented at The International Communication Association Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, May 24, 2012.

Face/Off: Facade and the Question of Representing Affect. Presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA April 2012.

Green Screens: Environmental Film and Critical Pedagogy. Presented at Staging Sustainability Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada April 21, 2011

Suicidal Tendencies: Moral Spectatorship and The Bridge

Presented at The National Communication Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA, November 14, 2010

 On Quarterbacks, Canines, and the Compulsory Performance of Affect.

Presented at Performance Studies International (PSi 16), Toronto, Canada, June 11, 2010

Disabling the Face: Tourette Syndrome and the Spectrum of Embodied Affective Expression.

Presented at Society of Disability Studies Conference, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, June 5, 2010

Code Unknown: Facial Affect Coding and the Elision of the Affective Body

Presented at “Feeling Photography: Toronto Photography Seminar”, University of Toronto, October, 2009.

New bodies, new media: an experiment in biotechnology and digital culture

Presented at the “Birth/Day” Conference at the Department of Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine, March 7, 2009.

 Embodiment, Virtuality, and IF

Presented at the Electronic Literature Organization Conference, University of Washington, May 30, 2008.

The scene of the eye

Presented at “The Educated Eye: Photography and Evidence Workshop” at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany, February 2008.

The gendered performativity of sound: Derek Jarman’s Blue

Presented at the Thinking Gender Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, February 2, 2007.

 

MEDIA PRODUCTION WORK (AUTHORED)

 

Hors Catégorie: an experiment in embodied, affective interactive fiction

(with Chris Calabro, interactive fiction)

A work of interactive fiction, set along the Tour de France bicycling race, Hors Catégorie experiments with bodies, bio-technologies, ethics, affect, virtuality, and what it all has to do with new media ‘writing.’ It can be accessed at:

http://www.cs.ucsd.edu/~ccalabro/hors_categorie/index.html

Family Values; or, scattered speculations of the topic of resistance

(Digital Video, 8”)

Drawing inspiration from comic books, Foucault, and phenomenology, this work critically examines the (troubled) relationship between liberal democratic notions of resistance and the truth-making practices of mainstream documentary practice.

Deer Hunter

(2000, 16mm, 2:15)

Examines the curious relationships between people, animals, and large firearms.

 

TEACHING

 

Saint Mary’s College of California (Moraga CA)

Communication Department

(Lecturer, 2011-2013; Associate Adjunct Professor, 2013-Present)

 

Courses Taught:

COMM 143: Advanced Media Production

COMM 133: Video Production

COMM 002: Communication and Social Understanding

COMM 125: Culture, Media and Technology

COMM 109: Visual Communication

COMM 010: Argument and Advocacy

COMM 163: Communication and the Environment

COMM 003: Communication Inquiry

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)

Office of Sustainability Research

(Lecturer, Summers, 2008-2011)

 

Courses Taught:

Communicating Sustainability: Digital Media Production
University of California, San Diego (La Jolla, CA)

Department of Communication

(Lecturer, 2009-2010)

 

Courses Taught:

 

COCU 148: Communication and the Environment

        

COCU 100: Introduction to Communication and Culture

 

COMT 120: Documentary Film Production

 

Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA)

Department of Communication

(Instructor, Summer 2007)

 

Course Taught:

 

COMS 120: Social Issue Media Production: Climate Change

 

DeVry University (Bay Area, CA)

Department of English and General Studies

(Adjunct Professor, 2009-2011)

 

Courses Taught:

 

ENG 112: Advanced Composition

 

COLL149/152: Critical Thinking

 

ENG 139: Advanced Composition and Research

 

ENG 099: Developmental English

 

ENG 110: Composition (Fall, 2002; Spring 2003)

 

 

TEACHING ASSISTANT & READERSHIP WORK

 

         COCU 124: Documentary Theory and History

         Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

        

COCU 108: Visual Culture

         Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

COSF 100: Communication as a Social Force

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

COSF 175: Culture Wars: Creationism vs. Evolutionism

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

COGN 21: Media Practice: Digital Media Production          Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

COCU 150: Gender and Media

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

COCU 139: Cultural Politics of Sport

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

COHI 100: Communication and the Individual

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

COCU 135: Television, Culture, and the Public

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

 

RESEARCH WORK  

 

Research Assistant to Professor David Serlin

Project: The Cultural Logic of Architecture

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

Research Assistant to Professor Lisa Cartwright

Project: Visual Culture, Disability, and Technology

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

AWARDS and HONORS

 

         Dissertation Fellowship

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

         Teaching Assistant Excellence Award

Department of Communication

University of California, San Diego

 

Adjunct Professor of the Year Award

DeVry University Fort Washington, PA

 

Full Tuition Scholarship

New York University, New York, NY

 

Presidential Scholar

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

 

 

 

OTHER MEDIA INDUSTRY/PRODUCTION WORK

 

cineBlast! Productions (1999-2000)        

New York, New York

Director of Development – oversaw development wing and participated in production work (assistant camera, second camera, key grip, production coordinator) for Sundance Award-winning independent production company. (Individual production credits are available upon request).

 

The Hub Youth Media Arts Center (2000-2001)

Bristol, Vermont

Director of Development – coordinated curriculum and activities, including fund-raising, and taught digital video production at non –profit teen center for “at-risk” youth.

 

 

Freelance Individual Media Production Credits available upon request.

 

 

REFERENCES

 

Lisa Cartwright

Professor

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, 0503

La Jolla, CA 92093-0503

Ph. 858-532-2695

e-mail lisac<at>ucsd.edu

 

Shana Weber

Director

Office of Sustainability Research

Princeton University

Ph. 609-647-0056

e-mail shanaw<at>princeton.edu

 

Brian Goldfarb

Associate Professor

University of California, San Diego

9500 Gilman Drive, 0503

La Jolla, CA 92093-0503

Ph. 858-822-2239

e-mail bgoldfarb<at>ucsd.edu

 

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