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Chris Holmlund
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Past President, 2013-2015
President, 2011-2013

Biography: Chris Holmlund is Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor of Film, Women's Studies and French at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Chris received her Ph.D. in French (her dissertation focused on the films of Marguerite Duras) from the Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures
University of Tennessee
701 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37914

Office Phone: 865-974-6994
Fax: 865-974-7096
E-mail: cholmlun[at]utk[dot]edu


Ph.D., French, Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison; distributed minor in Critical Theory, Film, and Women's Studies

M.A., French, Department of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., French, University of Maryland-College Park

Teaching and Research Interests:

Film Theory, History and Criticism; American Independent Film; Feminist, Postcolonial and Queer Theory; Genre Film; Star Studies; U.S., European, Scandinavian, Latin American, and African/Francophone Cinemas

Selected Publications:


American Cinema of the 1990s (editor, Rutgers University Press, 2008)
Contemporary American Independent Film: From the Margins to the Mainstream (co-edited with Justin Wyatt, Routledge 2005)
Impossible Bodies (Routledge, 2002)
Between the Sheets, In the Streets: Queer, Lesbian, Gay Documentary (co-edited with Cynthia Fuchs, Minnesota University Press, 1997)

Articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as:Cinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Discourse, Screen, Wide Angle, Velvet Light Trap, Feminist Studies, Camera Obscura, Journal of Film and Video, Jump Cut, New Formations, Spectator, Sub-Stance, Social Text, Celebrity Studies, Lesbian and Gay Studies Newsletter, Framework, South Atlantic Review, and Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television.

Other Activities:

SCMS: July 2011-2013 President, July 2009-2011 President-Elect, 2010-2011 Chair Program Committee, 2009-2011 Board Liaison to Scholarly Interest Groups and Caucuses, 2005 Chair Nominating Committee, 2000-2010 Chair or co-chair French and Francophone Scholarly Interest Group and liaison to AFECCAV, 2002 Chair Film Studies in Translation Editor Search Committee, 1999-2002 Executive Council Member, 1999-2002 Caucus Liaison, 1999-2001 Program Committee

MLA and SSHRC: 2001 Chair Film Division Executive Committee, 1999-2004 Member, Film Division Executive Committee (MLA), 2007-2008 Member Committee 26 (Communication, Cultural Studies and Women’s Studies) Canadian Social Studies and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

University of Tennessee, Knoxville: 2000-2010 Chair, Cinema Studies Program, 2007-2010 Faculty Advisor Progressive Students Association


2004 and 2005 Lindsay Young Professorship in the Humanities, 1996 and 2004 Chancellor's Woman of Achievement Award, 1992 Junior Faculty Award for Teaching

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