Seth Watter

Seth Watter

Year entered: 2011

Research Interests:  film theory; film bodies; gesture and kinesics; performance studies; American avant-garde filmmaking; Jamaican popular culture; horror and affect; aesthetic theory

 Recent papers:

"Riveting Spectacle: On Fixity." Presented at Second Chances, Final Glances: Media Afterlives, University of Pittsburgh, October 18-19, 2013, and at World Picture Conference: Willing, University of Toronto, Novermber 8-9, 2013.

"Flipping a Coin, Smoking a Cigarette: Of Cinema and Gesture." Presented at Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), Chicago, March 6-10, 2013.

“Cinema & The Hysterical Impulse: The Case of Loudun on Film.” Presented at World Picture Conference: Action, University of Sussex, November 2-3, 2012.

 “Torture Porn & Classical Aesthetics.” Presented at Cinephilia/Cinephobia: New Mediations of Desire and Disgust, University of Pittsburgh, November 9-11, 2012.

Seth Watter is a co-organizer of Magic Lantern Cinema, an experimental film series based in Providence, RI. His most recent curated program is “Body/Voice: Women's Experimental Cinema" (more information available at He is also a Graduate Student Fellow in the 2014-15 Pembroke Research Seminar on "Aesthetics and the Question of Beauty."