Peter Limbrick

Peter Limbrick

Associate Professor of Film and Digital Media
UC Santa Cruz
Email: 
limbrick@ucsc.edu
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Peter Limbrick is the author of Making Settler Cinemas: Film and Colonial Encounters in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand (Palgrave 2010) and he has published articles in Screening the Past,  Cinema JournalCamera Obscura, and Journal of Visual Culture. He has chapters forthcoming in two collections; both essays focus on the work of Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari.

Prof. Limbrick’s first book, Making Settler Cinemas, studies the material and cultural relations of cinema and settler coloniality in three particular sites, all of which are embedded in British imperial history and marked by their own distinctive settler colonial politics. His book reveals the ways in which the modes of film production, distribution, reception, and representation in and between those settler societies construct a transnational politics of settler-indigenous encounter. But his book also reveals the possibilities for resisting and reconfiguring those colonial histories through the ongoing work of film archives, indigenous exhibition and guardianship, and even in the labor of film history itself.
Much of Prof. Limbrick’s recent work is on Arab cinemas. He is working on a project about the Moroccan director Moumen Smihi, a central figure in the New Arab Cinema that took hold in the Maghreb (Northern Africa) in the early 1970s. He is also teaching and doing research on experimental film and video work from Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine, and has curated programs of some of this work for public screening.
A related area of interest for him lies in the relationship between discourses of globalization and sexuality, especially the ways in which queer or non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in transnational and global cinema and media are translated within Anglo-American discourses of identity politics.

Education and Training: 
PhD, La Trobe University, Australia
MA (Distinction), University of Otago, New Zealand
BA (Honors), University of Otago, New Zealand
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