B.A. European Cultural Studies & Philosophy & Film & Media Studies, American University of Paris, 2005 M.A. Cinema Studies, New York University, 2007 Ph.D. Media, Culture & Communication, New York University, 2014
Jamie Berthe holds a PhD from NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. Her research interests revolve primarily around film, visual culture, media, postcolonial theory, and histories of empire. In her dissertation, Jamie explored the legacy of the French filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch, particularly in relationship to French colonial history and African cinema. She has been a fellow at the NYU Humanities Initiative and has also received a George Lurcy Fellowship for study in France. At Gallatin,Jamie teaches courses on film, postcolonial theory, and visual culture. She has recently published articles in Studies in French Cinema (2018) and a chapter in Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch (2018). Jamie also enjoys making short films in her spare time. Find her at https://wp.nyu.edu/jamieberthe.
Teaching and Research Interests
Film, visual culture, media, histories of empire, and postcolonial theory
Along with Faye Ginsburg (NYU) and Beth Epstein (NYU Paris), Jamie Berthe helped coordinate and host Rouch in the USA, a conference held at NYU Paris on November 9, 2017, which was organized as part of the Jean Rouch centenary festivities in Paris, France. While there, she presented the paper "1977: A Year in the Life of Rouch."
Jamie Berthe chaired a panel on French documentary film, "Another Fifties: Documentary on the Margins in Postwar France," at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies in March 2017, and presented the paper "Illegible Politics: Jean Rouch and the Elusive Anarchist Aesthetic."
Jamie Berthe presented "Decolonizing la nouvelle vague: On Godard's African epiphany" at the 2016 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in in Atlanta, Georgia, which was held March 30 through April 3, 2016.
Jamie Berthe contributed the chapter "Au-delà des critiques entomologiques: Rouch et le cinéma africain, un autre point de vue" to the collection Dans le sillage de Jean Rouch: Témoignages et essais which is forthcoming from Les Éditions de la Maison des sciences de l'homme in 2018.
As a part of the 2018 Jean Rouch Series held at Film Forum, Jamie Berthe introduced Rouch's 1968 filmJaguar.
Along with Sam Di Iorio, Jamie Berthe curated the film series "Entangled Forms: African and French Film in Conversation," a showcase of French and Francophone African cinema, which was held at New York’s Anthology Film Archives from April 15 to April 22, 2016.