Director of Studies Lecture
Karl Schoonover, Associate Professor (Reader) in Film & Television Studies at the University of Warwick
"Makeup and Scrap Economies According to the Queer Underground"
The talk rereads how classic queer underground films attend to makeup and its surfaces as byproducts of petrocapitalism. More than simply an appropriation of Hollywood glamour, underground makeup recodes the materiality of the superficial and returns our attention to the circulation of scrap after extraction and refinement.
Karl Schoonover holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University as well as an B.A. from Hampshire College (Amherst, Massachusetts). He has written widely on topics including film theory, slow cinema, the representation of toxic waste, photographic hoaxes, stardom in the 1970s, and many aspects of Italian cinema. He is co-investigator on the AHRC Major Research Project 'Producers and Production Practice in the History of Italian Cinema, 1949-1975' (2016-2019). He was co-investigator on the AHRC-funded 'Global Queer Cinema' project (2011-2013). He serves on the advisory board member for Routledge's Remapping World Cinema book series and is co-founder of a scholarly caucus for art historians and visual culture researchers within the international Society for Cinema and Media Studies.