Prof. Pooja Rangan

Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film and Media Studies, Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA

From May 24, 2022 to June 21, 2022

In cooperation with Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger

The fellowship is part of the Research Initiative "ConTrust: Trust in Conflict - Political Life under Conditions of Uncertainty".

Pooja Rangan is a documentary scholar based in Amherst College, where she is Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film and Media Studies. Rangan is the author of the award-winning book Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary (Duke UP, 2017) and co-editor of Thinking with an Accent: Toward a New Object, Method, and Practice (forthcoming from UC Press, 2023). She is currently completing a book titled On Documentary Listening, and co-authoring a book with Brett Story on abolitionist documentary.

Research project title:
On Documentary Listening

Research abstract:
On Documentary Listening argues, contra the popular (and scholarly) refrain that documentary films “give voice” to silenced social perspectives, that documentaries don’t just receive and attend to the world; that the genre’s most common oral and aural conventions model normative listening habits and practices that actively filter, arrange, design, and build reality. The book frames documentary listening as a political act that distributes attentional and material resources, and contours relational and political prospects. The four chapters of the book ("The Documentary Audit"; "Listening with an Accent"; "Listening in Crip Time"; "Listening like an Abolitionist") each reflect on the implicit values and comportments embedded in common documentary listening habits, in pursuit of unlikely origins, forgotten chapters, and oppositional itineraries. Throughout, I listen otherwise for counterhabits that remain open to what is difficult, different, or radically strange.

Publications (selection):

“Inaudible Evidence: Counterforensic Listening in Contemporary Documentary Art,” in Deep Mediations, edited by Karen Redrobe and Jeff Scheible (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2021; awarded Best Edited Collection by Society for Cinema and Media Studies, 2022)
“Four Propositions on True Crime and Abolition,” co-authored with Brett Story, World Records (Special Feature, 2021)
“Auditing the Call Center Voice: Accented Speech and Listening in Sonali Gulati’s Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night (2005),” in Vocal Projections: Voices in Documentary, edited by Annabelle Honess Roe and Maria Pramaggiore (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2018), 29-44.
Immediations: The Humanitarian Impulse in Documentary (Duke University Press, 2017) (2019 Harry Levin Prize for Outstanding First Book from ACLA)


June 7: Lecture - "Listening in Crip Time: Toward New Forms of Documentary Trust"
June 13 & 14: "Contested Forms. A Workshop on Documentary, Trust and Conflict"


Newsletter aus dem Forschungszentrum „Normative Ordnungen“

Zukünftig informiert ein Newsletter über aktuelle Veranstaltungen, Veröffentlichungen und wissenswerte Entwicklungen im Forschungszentrum „Normative Ordnungen“. Die erste Ausgabe finden Sie hier...

Nächste Termine

8. Februar 2023, 18.00 Uhr

ENTFÄLLT!: Virtuelle Ringvorlesung "Algorithms // A Brave New World?": Carina Prunkl (University of Oxford, Institute for Ethics in AI): Can we, will we, and should we have AI judges? Mehr...

8. Februar 2022, 19.15 Uhr

Öffentlicher Vortrag: Fabio Wolkenstein (Universität Wien): Die dunkle Seite der Christdemokratie. Mehr...

9. Februar 2023, 20 Uhr

Lecture & Film „Kino am Abgrund der Moderne. Die Filme von Luis Buñuel“: Kristoffer Noheden (Stockholm): Dreams of Desire: Belle de jour, Eros and Surrealist Cinema. Mehr...


Neueste Medien

Judging Facts, Judging Norms: Training Machine Learning Models to Judge Humans Requires a New Approach to Labeling Data

Gillian Hadfield (University of Toronto)
Ringvorlesung "Algorithms // A Brave New World?"

Verkehrt die Welt: Buñuels Le fantôme de la liberté

Prof. Dr. Vinzenz Hediger (Professor für Filmwissenschaft an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main und Co-Sprecher der Forschungsinitiative "ConTrust" am Forschungsverbund "Normative Ordnungen")
Lecture and Film: Kino am Abgrund der Moderne. Die Filme von Luis Buñuel


Weitere Videoaufzeichnungen finden Sie hier...

Neueste Volltexte

Hanna Pfeifer und Irene Weipert-Fenner (2022)

ConTrust Working Paper No. 3: "Time and the Growth of Trust under Conditions of Extreme Uncertainty. Illustrations from Peace and
Conflict Studies". Mehr...

Rainer Forst (2022)

ConTrust Working Paper No. 2: "The Justification of Trust in Conflict. Conceptual and Normative Groundwork". Mehr...