Brian R. Jacobson

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Brian R. Jacobson is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and History at the University of Toronto.

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I am Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and History at the University of Toronto. My research explores the intersections of French and American cinema, early film history, modern visual culture, architectural history, environmental history, the history and philosophy of technology, and industrial and corporate media. 

In 2013 I was the winner of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Award. I have also been a Fulbright Advanced Student Fellow to France (2009-2010) and a fellow of the Social Science Research Council's International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2009-2011) and Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (Visual Culture field, 2007). 

I am the author of Studios Before the System: Architecture, Technology, and the Emergence of Cinematic Space (New York: Columbia University Press, Film and Culture Series, 2015), a book that examines the world's first film studios and their place in the architectural and technological changes of urban industrial modernity. 

I am currently working on a series of projects about industrial and corporate media, including French industrial and agricultural films and film festivals and a monograph that focuses on cinema’s longstanding role in the politics, industrial processes, and public perception of global energy. Research for this project has been supported by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. 

My articles have appeared in journals including Film History, History and Technology, Amodern, Media Fields Journal, and Early Popular Visual Culture.

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