Laura Horak wins Domitor Student Essay Award
Congratulations to Laura Horak who has been chosen as the winner of the 2011 Domitor student essay award for her outstanding essay, "Landscape, Vitality, and Desire." DOMITOR is an international association for people interested in early cinema, from its beginnings to 1915. We quote from a report from the Secretary to all members of Domitor: According to Matthew Solomon (University of Michigan - Chair, Domitor Student Essay Award Committee - Matthew.Solomon@csi.cuny.edu): "In the essay, Horak provides a clear, compelling, and extremely well-documented argument about constructions of gender and race during the transitional period, drawing upon close readings of archival films, attention to relevant intertexts, careful analysis of extrafilmic documentation, and a mastery of the secondary literature of early cinema studies. Congratulations to Laura!" The committee accepted some twenty submissions this year, including five written in French, on a wide range of topics. A number of submissions were distinguished by superb research and good writing, so the committee's decision was made particularly difficult given the unprecedented strength and merit of the entire field and, because of the high number of quality submissions, it was impossible to reach consensus on an honorable mention this year. But we congratulate all those who participated in the competition!
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