Jasmine Nadua Trice
Jasmine Nadua Trice is an assistant professor of Cinema and Media Studies. Her research focuses on film cultures within transnational contexts. Her particular areas of specialization include contemporary Asian cinemas, exhibition and moviegoing, cinema and urbanism, and media spaces. Broadly, her work uses cinema as a lens to investigate the changes wrought by global modernities, emphasizing how communities positioned at the margins of those transformations adapt, dismiss or challenge them.
Drawing from more than two years of research in the city, her current book project, Speculative Publics: Cinema Circulation and Alternative Film Culture in Manila, Philippines, examines the circulation of local and transnational alternative cinemas in contemporary Manila, Philippines. Focusing on sites of exhibition and distribution, including the pirated DVD district, the mall multiplex, art house cinemas, the university film institute, and the state-sponsored mobile cinemas designed to bring screenings to the poor, the project considers how discourses surrounding these spaces construct speculative publics — contested visions of audience appearing across public discourse from filmmakers, cultural institutions, activists and the state. The book includes a digital companion site, which maps shooting sites and exhibition spaces throughout Manila. The book is under contract with Duke University Press.
In addition, she is working on two other research projects. The first is a study of multiplex cinemas that cater to diasporic audiences. She was invited to develop this project through UCLA’s Urban Humanities Initiative. The second is a historical project that examines film culture in Manila during the American colonial period. Trice has received numerous fellowships for her research, which has been funded through institutions such as the American Association of University Women, the Asian Cultural Council, and the Hellman Fellows. She has published articles in journals such as Asian Cinema, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Quarterly Review of Film and Video; Feminist Media Studies; The Projector: Journal of Media and Culture; and Feminist Media Histories.
Commitments to teaching, mentorship and public engagement drive much of Trice’s work. From 2016 to 2018, she was a co-investigator of a four-country research network funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.). The Southeast Asian Cinemas Research Network: Promoting Dialogue Across Critical and Creative Practice aims to create spaces for the exchange of ideas among scholars, students, filmmakers, curators, archivists and the general public. The network is comprised of events organized with partners in four countries: a conference in Kuala Lumpur, with the Association for Southeast Asian Cinemas (July 2016); a two-day symposium at UCLA in collaboration with the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival (March 2017); a symposium and series of workshops at Hanoi DocLab (November 2017); and a symposium and film program in Glasgow, in collaboration with the Glasgow Short Film Festival (March 2018).
At her former post at the National University of Singapore, she was a recipient of the university’s Annual Teaching Excellence Award for her work in an undergraduate writing and critical thinking program. She has also been involved in feminist media activism in the Asia-Pacific region through her previous position with the women’s communications organization, Isis International — Manila, founded in 1974.
Trice earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University – Bloomington. Her dissertation received Honorable Mention from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
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