Jane Gaines

Jane Gaines is Professor Emerita of Literature and English, Duke University and currently Professor of Film, Columbia University. Author of two award-winning books, Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice, and the Law (North Carolina, 1991) and Fire and Desire: Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era (Chicago, 2001). A founder of the Visible Evidence conference on documentary, she continues to publish on documentary activism, intellectual property in the Internet age, the history of piracy. Most recently she has critiqued the “historical turn” in film and media studies as “What Happened to the Philosophy of Film History?” and “Eisenstein’s Absolutely Wonderful, Totally Impossible Project,” in Sergei M. Eisenstein: Notes for a General History of Cinema. Forthcoming is Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Early Film Industries?

The online resource, Women Film Pioneers Project, published by the Columbia University Libraries, was launched as a pilot project in the future of publishing in 2013: wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu.