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Karen Beckman

Eliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media and Advisor to the Arts at the University of Pennsylvania

Karen Beckman is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media in the department of the History of Art. She is a member of graduate groups in the departments of German and English, and a faculty affiliate of the LGBT center. As Advisor to the Arts for the University, she coordinates a university-wide arts initiative. In 2013–14, she was the interim director and topic director of the Penn Humanities Forum, which was organized around the theme of "Violence".

Karen is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (Duke, 2003); Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke, 2010), and is now working on a new book, Animation and the Contemporary Art of War. She has co-edited two volumes: Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography with Jean Ma (Duke, September 2008) and On Writing With Photography (Minnesota, 2013) with Liliane Weissberg, and is also the editor of Animating Film Theory (Duke, 2014), which explores the history of film theory's engagement (and lack of it) with animation. She is currently working with Jean Ma on a second project, this time focused on the artist Michael Snow. Her articles address a range of subjects, including feminism and terrorism, death penalty photography, the animated documentary, the relationship between cinema and contemporary art, fast and slow cinemas, and the evolving role of film theory in the 21st century. For several years she served as a senior editor of the MIT journal Grey Room, and is now a member of its editorial board.

In addition to organizing the HAIKU conference, Karen is also co-organizing the d’Harnoncourt Symposium with Dr. Peter Barberie (PMA) on the photographer Paul Strand (PMA and Penn Museum, November 7–8, 2014).


TIME: Saturday, September 13, 9:00am