My research is always guided by ethical and political questions raised by films and cinema as dispositif and education – from the representation of violence and film’s role in social change to film ethics (anti-racism, transnational film politics and globalisation) to the distributions of affect and agency and embodiment in current screen media’s affordances and dispositifs.
My research has been enriched by teaching on Documentary; Cinema of the Southern Cone, Popular digital cultures; Contemporary television and Hollywood cinema; film theory; Cultural Studies; Feminist and queer theory.
Violence and Ethics in Cinema
My research on violence, visibility, and bodies is reflected in my publication record, such as The Invisibilities of Torture: The Presence of Absence in U.S. and Chilean Fiction Cinema, Edinburgh University Press 2020; Jung & Bruzzi (eds.) Beyond the Rhetoric of Pain, Routledge 2019; and a forthcoming chapter on Jordan Peele’s Get Out for Bolton, Martin-Jones & Sinnerbrink (eds.) Screen Ethics and Global Politics, EUP.
I co-founded a Research Cluster on Agency Matters, which has so far generated an interdisciplinary workshop at Brunel University’s Games Studies Department, a lecture series on “Agency and Digital Media” in Tübingen, an upcoming anthology on Postdigital Agency and an edited journal for G|A|M|E – Games as Art, Media, Entertainment 8 (‘Would you kindly?’: Claiming Video Game Agency as Interdisciplinary Concept).
Decolonising film studies
Contemporary Audiovisual Formats
My current research explores the shifted relations between sound/voice, images, and affective relationship in the short videos on the platform TikTok, focusing especially on affect, embodiment, performativity and aesthetics.
During an Early Career Fellowship at Warwick, I developed and produced an interdisciplinary podcast, Artificial Intelligence & Gender Trouble. together with colleagues from various disciplines such as neuroscience and psychology, we explored the gendered representation of AI, fembots and sex robots in film and popular culture.
Torture and Cinema: The Politics of Violence
In my PhD thesis, I explored the relation of two cases of torture to their fictionalization, set in two very different media landscapes: the torture committed during the War in Iraq, and the systematic torture under the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile. Beyond analysing the films’ representation of torture – or its telling “presence by absence” – , I showed how some films succeeded in making some of the “invisible,” collective, long-term consequences of torture perceivable to the audience. They are able to expand our knowledge of torture by going beyond an ocularcentric epistemology. Despite the massive differences between the two cases, the comparative framework showed also disturbing similarities and continuities – among them lack of accountability, policies of misguided amnesty, revisionism, collective or at least official amnesia, as well as a largely unexamined experiences of entire groups, such as bystanders.