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Carmela Garritano

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Associate Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • International Studies
  • (979) 845-2124
  • ACAD 229D

Current Research Projects

My current book project, African Energy Worlds: African Cinema of the Anthropocene, puts energy humanities scholarship in conversation with African film and media to demonstrate the crucial role of humanities-based research in addressing fossil-fuel dependence and anthropogenic climate warming, the worst effects of which are lived by people in the global South. The book orients readers to methods of cinema analysis centered on the social, political, and environmental impacts of various energy sources (carbon-based, nuclear, water, wind, and solar) and energy forms (fuel and electricity). It is the first monograph to analyze the energy worlds given expression in African cinema, which, the book shows, offers a rich and varied repository for investigating the social embeddedness of energy and its entanglements with global modernity as well as for imagining the unrealized energy futures of a post-petroleum world.

Courses Taught

INTS 211: Foundations of Cultural Studies (F 2018)
INTS 215: Global Cinema (S 2019)
INTS 409: Neoliberalism, Globalization, and Culture
INTS 489: Energy, the Environment, and African Cultural Production

Recent Publications

A Companion to African Cinema, co-edited with Kenneth W. Harrow. Wiley-Blackwell, December 2018. 512 pages.

African Video Movies and Global Desires: A Ghanaian History. Ohio University Press, 2013. 284 pages.
• Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2013
• Selected for The First Book Award of 2013 by the African Literature Association

Recent Articles
“Waiting on the Past: Uranium Futures in Arlit, Deuxième Paris.” Modern Fiction Studies, special issue, Literatures of Extraction, forthcoming in 2020.
“Living Precariously in the African Postcolony: Debt and Labor Relations in the Films of Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.” The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies 58.2 (Winter 2019): 23-45.
“The Materiality of Genre: Analog and Digital Ghosts in Video Movies from Ghana.” The Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry 4.2 (April 2017): 191-206.