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2022

Design at the Border: Liminality in Medieval and Postmodern Contexts

Griffiths presented her work on cartography, immersion, and virtual reality at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, UK in July, part of a broader research project on a media imaginary in medieval visual works. An earlier version of this research appears in the “In Focus” section of the most recent issue of the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies entitled “Humanitarian Immersion” vol. 61, no. 3 (Spring 2022), available here. Griffiths was on a panel entitled “Design at the Border: Liminality in Medieval and Postmodern Contexts,” co-moderated by Laura Hollengreen, University of Arizona and Rebecca Rouse, Institutionen för Informationsteknologi Högskolan i Skövde, Denmark.

Fulbright Distinguished Arctic Scholar Award to Norway

As the Fulbright Arctic Chair, Dr. Griffiths will be based at the National Library of Norway in Oslo with a secondary affiliation at the UiT, The Arctic University in Tromsø, where she will examine amateur films of Indigenous Sámi people made between 1907-1960 within a broader historical context of visual representations of the Arctic, including cartographic materials in the world famous Ginsberg Map Collection at the National Library.

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2021

CUNY Research Foundation Enhanced Award Grant

Granted for book project in progress: New Worlds From the Margins: Travel, Identity, and Vernacular Media. Archival research on amateur film featuring Indigenous Australians at the National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra, Australia.

2020

CUNY Distinguished Professor

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Research Grant, The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, Villanova University

Awarded for “Collective Memory and Visual Communication: The Archival Legacy of the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, Gallup, New Mexico.”
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2019

Mayer Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Awarded for “Nomadic Cinema: A Cultural Geography of the Expedition Film.”
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2018

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

Awarded for “Nomadic Cinema: A Cultural Geography of the Expedition Film.”
Guggenheim website

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Project Development Grant

Awarded for “Nomadic Cinema: A Cultural Geography of the Expedition Film.”
ACLS grantees

Frame enlargement, In Borneo, the Land of the Head-Hunter (Carl Lumholtz, 1917)

New Book Project: Nomadic Cinema: A Cultural Geography of the Expedition Film

Nomadic Cinema is the first monograph to examine the expedition film, focusing on films shot in Borneo, Central Asia, Tibet, Polynesia, and the American Southwest during the so-called “great age” of exploration. Grounded in archival research and drawing upon the fields of cultural geography, postcolonialism, and environmental media studies, Nomadic Cinema constructs an intellectual history of expedition filmmaking that views it as inexorably shaped, haunted if you will, by the twin specters of colonialism and adventure. The book also contextualizes expedition filmmaking within the longue durée of pre-modern travel writing and medieval theories of the world as spatialized knowledge, as well as new technologies of exploration such as VR and augmented reality.

2016

Carcerial Fantasies Book Signing

On September 8th, 2016 at Baruch College’s Performing Arts Center, colleagues, friends and family were greeted by author and professor Alison Griffiths at the book signing for her latest work, Carceral Fantasies: Cinema and Prison in Early Twentieth-Century America (Columbia University Press, 2016)

Carceral Fantasies explores the little-known history of how cinema found a home in the U.S. penitentiary system and how the prison emerged as a setting and narrative trope in modern cinema. Opening remarks were made by Dr. Aldemaro Romero Jr., the newly appointed Dean of the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, and David Birdsell, Dean of the Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs. Baruch College President Mitchel Wallerstein was in attendance as well as many colleagues, family, and friends of the author.

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