(on leave spring 2018)

Ken Eisenstein is an Assistant Professor in the Film/Media Studies concentration. His research focuses on American avant-garde film of the 1960s and 70s and on film aesthetics. He has taught topics courses/seminars on montage, cinephilia, silent cinema, film and the other arts, documentary, and pre-1960s horror at Emerson College, Boston University, and Mount Holyoke College. He began teaching at Bucknell in the spring of 2014.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, Department of Cinema and Media Studies
  • M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Filmmaking

Scholarly Interests

  • American Avant-garde film
  • Film aesthetics
  • Film and other arts

Current Research

In addition to completing his dissertation on the filmmaker, photographer, and critic Hollis Frampton, Ken is currently writing book chapters and an exhibition catalogue essay on: Ernie Gehr and early cinema, Frampton and the New York School/minimalist "divide," and Ernie Gehr's installations.

Selected Publications

"Vicarious Vicario: Restocking John Vicario's Forgotten Shoppers Market (1963)," in Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980, ed. David James (London: John Libbey Publishing, forthcoming 2015).

"'The Archives of our Memory': Hollis Frampton's Marmoreal Mammary," The Moving Image: The Journal of the Association of Moving Image Archivists vol. 12, no. 1 (Spring 2012), pp. 101-104.

"Hapax Legomena," A Hollis Frampton Odyssey, The Criterion Collection no. 607 (2012), pp. 24-29.

"On Tic | Tic On, Optic Antics: The Cinema of Ken Jacobs," Millennium Film Journal no. 55 (Spring 2012), pp. 10-12.

"Hollis Frampton's Hapax Legomena," Harvard Film Archive Bulletin (January-March 2011), p. 14.

"'They are like black lakes troubled by fantastic moons,'" FRAMEWORK: The Journal of Cinema and Media vol. 50, nos. 1 & 2 (Spring & Fall 2009), pp. 183-189.


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