Society of Scholars
The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Each year, approximately eight faculty and three dissertation research fellowships support members of the Society of Scholars. Scholars in year-long residence at the University of Washington may be invited to participate as well. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress.
2022 - 2023 Society of Scholars
2018 - 2019 Society of Scholars Fellow
Jennifer Bean (she/her/hers)
Junking Modernity: Early Cinema, Globalization, and the Question of History)
The primary aim of Junking Modernity is to assess the global recycling and repurposing of early popular cinema and media objects, as well as the series of dislocations and relocations that enable their respective viewing cultures. The film history recovered in this study thus depends on what I call “misuse value," meaning a value that resides outside of, beyond, or in distinct defiance of capitalist and colonial dictates of use and exchange.