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Michael R Gott

Title: Associate Professor of French and Director of Programming at the Center for Film and Media Studies
Office: 709B Old Chemistry Building
Tel: 513-556-1846
Email: michael.gott@uc.edu

My research and teaching interests include contemporary French and Francophone cultures, cinema, bande dessinée and literature, Belgian cinema, transnational European cinemas, diaspora and migration, mobility studies, and the impact of Europeanization on national and cultural identities. I teach graduate seminars on travel and identity in cinema and comic books and 20th/21st century French literature and undergraduate courses on French and Francophone road movies, French culture, representations of business, work and the economy in French cinema, and European Studies. I also studied Czech language, literature and cinema. I am an affiliate faculty member in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the director of programming for UC's new Center for Film & Media Studies.

Education

  • PhD, University of Texas, Austin, 2011 (French).
  • MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006 (French and Francophone Studies).
  • BA, Ohio State University, 2002 (International Studies and French).

Research Information

Research Support

  • (PI), Gott, Michael, URC Faculty Award 2014-2015, UC's University Research Council. (URC Faculty Award 2014-2015), $8,000.00. 01/23/2014 to 01/22/2015. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Gott, Michael (2015). After the Wall: Touring the European Border Space in post-1989 French-language Cinema. Transnational Cinemas, 6 (2), 1-21.
  • Gott, Michael and Thibaut Schilt (2015). Crossing Borders and Queering Identities in French-language European Road Cinema. Studies in European Cinema (Special Issue), 8000 words.
  • Gott, Michael (third author with Guy-Lucien S. Whembolua and Donaldson F. Conserve) (2014). “Racial Profiling: The Afro-French Experience," (5,000 words). Black Diaspora Review, 4 (2).
  • Gott, Michael (2013). Traveling Beyond the National: Mobile Citizenship, Flexible Identities, and Layered Republicanism in the French Return Road Movie. Contemporary French Civilization, 38 (1), 73-95.
  • Gott, Michael (2013). Cowboys, Icebergs and "Outlaws": The Paradoxes and Possibilities of Crossing Borders in the Francophone Belgian Road Movie . Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies, 3 (2).
  • Gott, Michael (2013). ‘Bouger pour voir les immeubles’: Jeunesse dorée (2001), L’année suivante (2006) and the Creative Mobility of Women’s Banlieue Cinema. Modern and Contemporary France, 21 (3).
  • Gott, Michael (2013). Reframing European Diasporas in Contemporary France: ‘2nd Generation’ Subjectivity and the Road ‘Home’ in Portugal (2011) and La Commedia des ratés (2011). European Comic Art, 6 (2).
  • Gott, Michael (2012). Borderless possibilities, hesitant voyagers: Mapping identity in three post-1989 Czech road movies. Studies in Eastern European Cinema, 3 (1), 7-22.

Published Books

  • Gott, Michael (2016). French-language Road Cinema: Borders, Diasporas, Migration and ‘New Europe’. Edinburgh University Press. [Link]
  • (ed.) Gott, Michael and Herzog, Todd (2014). East, West and Centre: Re-framing post-1989 European Cinema. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (Co-Editor). [Link]
  • (ed.) Gott, Michael and Schilt, Thibaut (2013). Open Roads and Closed Borders: The Contemporary French-language Road Movie. Bristol, Chicago: Intellect / U. of Chicago Press (Co-Editor). [Link]
  • (ed.) Gott, Michael and Thibaut Schilt (2018). (In Press). Cinéma-monde: Decentred Perspectives on Global Filmmaking in French . Edinburgh University Press (Co-Editor). [Link]

Book Chapters

  • Gott, Michael (2015). “The Slow Road to Europe: the Politics and Aesthetics of Stalled Mobility in Hermakono and Morgen” (5000 words) . In Tiago de Luca and Nuno Jorge (Eds.), Slow Cinema (Traditions in World Cinema) (pp.299-311). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Gott, Michael and Herzog, Todd (2014). Introduction: ‘Mapping post-1989 European Cinema’ . East, West and Centre: Re-framing post-1989 European Cinema. (pp.1-19)). Edinburgh University Press.
  • Gott, Michael (2013). Under Eastern Eyes: Displacement, Placelessness and the Exilic Optic in Emmanuel Finkiel's Nulle Part Terre Promise. In M. Gott and T. Schilt (Eds.), Open Roads, Closed Borders: The Contemporary French-language Road Movie (pp.137-154)). Bristol, Chicago: Intellect Books / University of Chicago Press.
  • Gott, Michael (2013). West/East Crossings: Positive Travel in post-1989 French-language Cinema. In Leen Engelen and Kris Van Heuckelom (Eds.), European Cinema After the Wall: Screening East-West Mobility Lanham, Md: Scarecrow Press.
  • Gott, Michael and Schilt, Thibaut. (2013). Introduction: Open Roads and Closed Borders. In Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt (Eds.), Open Roads, Closed Borders: the Contemporary French-Language Road Movie (pp.3-17)). Bristol, Chicago: Intellect Books / University of Chicago Press.
  • Gott, Michael and Van Heuckelom, Kris (2017). (In Press). Bumps on the ‘Road to Europe’: Remaking the Road Movie and Re-Mapping the Nation in post-2004 Central Europe. In Timothy Corrigan and José Duarte (Eds.), Global Road Movies Intellect Books.
  • Gott, Michael (2018). (In Press). ‘Lost at Sea or Charting a New Course? Mapping the Murky Contours of Cinéma-monde in Floating Francophone Films’. In Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt (Eds.), Cinéma-monde Edinburgh University Press.
  • Gott, Michael and Schilt, Thibaut. (2018). (In Press). 'Introduction: The Kaleidoscope of Cinéma-monde'. In Michael Gott and Thibaut Schilt (Eds.), Cinéma-monde.

Other Publications

  • Gott, Michael (2014). “Dany Boon: the ‘planet’s best-known chti’?” (Encyclopedia entry, 800 words). French Cinema in Close-up, Ed. Michael Abecassis, Dublin: Phaeton.

Additional Publications

Review

  • Gott, Michael (2015). “‘Everything Happens Fast’: Tracking Automotive Speed, Economic Acceleration, and the Roots of European Road Movies in Il Sorpasso” (film review, 1300 words). Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies (5:1). (pp.131-134)..
  • Gott, Michael (2014). “Containing the French Road Movie: The French Road Movie: Space, Mobility, Identity (Neil Archer, 2013)," . Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies..
  • Gott, Michael (2014). by Ewa Mazierska, (Basingstoke/New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) (Rev. of European Cinema and Intertextuality: History, Memory and Politics, ). Studies in Eastern European Cinema (5:2)..
  • Gott, Michael (2014). by James S, Williams (Manchester University Press, 2013) (Rev. of Space and Being in Contemporary French Cinema, ). Contemporary French Civilization (39:3)..
  • Gott, Michael (2013). (Rev. of “Interpreting the Republic: Marginalization and Belonging in Contemporary French Novels and Films” (Vinay Swamy, Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books, 2011)). French Forum (38:2)..
  • Gott, Michael (2012). "Between Noir and Sunshine: Drive as an Ambivalent Urban Road Movie" (Movie Review). Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies..

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Gott, Michael (11/10/2015). “The End of the Road?: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Migrant Road Cinema” University of Leuven, Belgium. .
  • Gott, Michael (03/30/2015). “Small Nation, Big Markets: The Mobility of French-language cinema from Belgium" University of Rhode Island,.
  • Gott, Michael (05/24/2013). "Traveling Beyond the National: Mobility and Citizenship in French-language 'Return' Films" U. of Central Lancashire, Film and Media Research Group, Preston, UK.

Colloquia

  • Gott, Michael (04/03/2016). “Crossing 2.0: Cinéma-monde and France’s Flexible, Contested Borders,” .. Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference, , Atlanta, GA..
  • Gott, Michael (11/13/2015). “The Watery Boundaries of Europe: Intercultural Contacts and Policing Frontiers in ‘Floating’ Francophone Films,” .. European Communications Research and Education Association Film Section Conference on “European Cinemas, Intercultural Meetings,” , Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Gott, Michael (09/03/2015). “Lost at Sea or Charting a New Course? Mapping the Contours of ‘Cinéma-monde’ in Floating Francophone Films,” . 40 Years of Contemporary French Civilization. , Baltimore, MD.
  • Michael Gott (04/10/2015). “The End of the Road: Dark Routes and Urban Passageways in Recent French-language Cinema. Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures.
  • Michael Gott (09/20/2014). “Crisis of/in contemporary transnational French cinema: New representations of Place, Work, Struggle and Identity in Ma part du gateau (2011) and Les Neiges du Kilamandjaro(2011),” . International conference 2014: Crisis in Film and Visual Media, University of Vilnius, Lithuania.
  • Michael Gott (07/04/2014). Travelling beyond the frame: cinematic speed and perception in French-language comics. The Mobile Spectator: Viewing on the Move, University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Michael Gott (06/28/2014). Traversing Space and (Re)Mapping Identities in French-language Travel Films. Screen Studies Conference, University of Glasgow.
  • Michael Gott (11/01/2013). Reframing Self and Citizenship on the Road in Lionel Baier’s Comme des voleurs (à l’Est). Foreign Language Film Conference VI: "Travel" Lousiana State University.
  • Michael Gott (03/28/2013). Est/Ouest: (Re)Tracing “Origins” and Identities in the European Francophone Road Movie . 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • Michael Gott (11/03/2012). Mapping the Road ‘Home’ in Cyril Pedrosa’s Graphic Novel Portugal (2011). International French-Language Comics Conference, Miami University (Ohio) .
  • Michael Gott (03/29/2012). Displacement, Placelessness and the Exilic Optic in Emmanuel Finkiel’s Nulle part terre promise (Nowhere Promised Land, 2008). 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Conference, Long Beach, CA.
  • Michael Gott (04/11/2011). “Burning and looting?" French hip-hop and non-violent diasporic identity construction. International Society of African Philosophy and Studies Conference, Columbus, OH.

Symposium

  • Lucian Georgescu and Michael Gott (02/21/2013). New Directions in Eastern European Road Movies. Taft Visual Studies Working Group Workshop, University of Cincinnati. UC. Level: University.

Experience & Service

Events Organized

  • Workshop. Roundtable: "From World Literature to Cinema Without Borders: A Discussion on National Boundaries" (03/27/2014, Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures.

Courses Taught

  • France Today: Mysteries and Histories of French Identity
    France Today: Mysteries and Histories of French Identity
    Level: Undergraduate

  • French and Francophone Road Movies
    French and Francophone Road Movies
    Level: Undergraduate

  • Modern French Literature
    Modern French Literature
    Level: Undergraduate

  • French Business on the Big Screen
    French Business on the Big Screen
    Level: Undergraduate

  • 20th/21st Century French Literature: New Forms, New Language, New Engagements
    20th/21st Century French Literature: New Forms, New Language, New Engagements
    Level: Graduate