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Scott Nygren


Scott Nygren

Scott Nygren is the Director of the Center for Film and Media Studies, and a Professor in the Department of English.

He received his BA from the University of California at Berkeley in 1968 and his PhD from SUNY-Buffalo in 1982. He joined the Film and Media Studies Program at UF in 1990, after previously participating in the creation of the Center for Media Study at the State University of New York at Buffalo, initiating a film education program at the Museum of Modern Art, heading the film program at the University of Toledo, co-founding and directing a Media Arts Center in northwest Ohio, and teaching at Ithaca College. He has lived in Japan and in Paris for extended periods of research.

Professor Nygren is the author of Time Frames: Japanese Cinema and the Unfolding of History(University of Minnesota Press, 2007). He has previously published essays on cultural theory and film in books, including To Free the Cinema: Jonas Mekas and the New York Underground,Otherness and the Media: The Ethnography of the Imagined and the ImagedMelodrama and Asian CinemaKon Ichikawa, and Teaching Film, and in such journals as Wide AngleThe Quarterly Review of Film and VideoThe Journal of Film and VideoAfterimageJump CutPost ScriptField of VisionIris and ARTmargins. He has also produced his own video art tapes and installations.

At UF, he has introduced graduate seminars on Lyotard, Deleuze, Foucault and Agamben, on Film History and Historiography, and on Techne, Technique, and Technology. He has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses in video production, and undergraduate courses in documentary film, avant-garde film and Asian film, into the Film and Media Studies program, as well as teaching film history and theory. He has designed a new and experimental undergraduate course called “Post-History and Visual Culture,” to consider the representation of networked histories in a postmodern and postcolonial context through visual media.

Professor Nygren was Chair of the Faculty Senate and a member of the Board of Trustees in 2011–12, and and a member of the Presidential Search Committee in fall 2012. He is also past Chair of the Senate Policy Council on Research and Scholarship of the Senate Policy Council on Academic Infrastructure, and of the CLAS International Committee. In recent years, he has taught in Florence, Italy, coordinated UF programs at Aix-en-Provence and the Paris Research Center in France, and taught at Sichuan University in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. He continues to research film in a comparative world context and the production of digital video in a networked environment.


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