Awards, Film and Media

U of C film theorist to receive $1.5 million Mellon grant

Earlier this month the Mellon Foundation named Tom Gunning—Professor in the Department of Art History at the University of Chicago, editor of the press’s Cinema and Modernity series, and a former member of the University’s Board of Publications—as one of four recipients of their 2008 Distinguished Achievement Awards. According to an article in the Chicago Chronicle, “the three-year award, given annually to distinguished scholars in the humanities, provides as much as $1.5 million to the recipients and their institutions in order to deepen and extend humanistic research.” The Chronicle notes that the Mellon funding will boost work on Gunning’s current project titled “Poetics of the Moving Image” as well as “subsidize a wide variety of activities related to the project, including archival research, a visiting professorship, graduate student research, public conferences on such topics as ‘Cinema and Magic’ and ‘The Optical Uncanny,’ as well as performances.” For more information read the article in the Chicago Chronicle or navigate to the press release on the Mellon Foundation website.