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About vacall

Vicki Callahan AKA DJ Zoe Trop is a media activist and scholar. She is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in the Division of Media Arts + Practice. Her research and teaching is focused on the integration of theory and practice with attention to issues in film and media history, feminist studies, digital culture, media strategies for social change, and public scholarship. She is author of Zones of Anxiety: Movement, Musidora, and the Crime Serials of Louis Feuillade (WSUP 2005), editor for the collection, Reclaiming the Archive: Feminism and Film History (WSUP 2010), and co-editor with Virginia Kuhn for the recently published collection, Future Texts: Subversive Performance and Feminist Bodies (Parlor Press 2015). Currently, she is completing work on a monograph on the silent film star, Mabel Normand. With Sarah Atkinson, she is co-authoring, Transmedia: Critical Perspectives on a New Creative and Social Economy (WSUP, 2017). During the summer 2015 Dr. Callahan was a NEH fellow for the inaugural workshop, “Scholarship in Sound and Image,” on Videographic Criticism at Middlebury College, and during the autumn semester she was in residence at University College Cork, Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar with a focus on digital media praxis. She Co-Chaired the SCMS Women’s Caucus from 2014-2016. She is the author and organizer of the collaborative website, Feminism 3.0. With Lina Srivastava, she co-authored the site transmedia, and she is developing the Transmedia Database site with Sarah Atkinson, Jeff Aldrich, Robert Foster. Her teaching blog is DJ Zoe Trop,, where you can find several course blog sites or course summaries.

Participatory Pedagogy, Provocation #5: Authorship

This is the fifth provocation for the event, Participatory Pedagogy, to be held at SCMS 2015. Shelleen Greene, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Nina Bradley, Northwestern University look at the issue of authorship, specifically with regard to how race frames or reframes the debate. The event is a collaborative effort of the SCMS Women’s Caucus, Media Literacy and Pedagogy SIG, the Queer Caucus, and the Women and Screen History SIG. This series of five videos contributed for our event is designed to help initiate a discussion on film and media courses that integrate media, technology, praxis, and/or activism.

Authorship from DJ Zoe Trop on Vimeo.

Participatory Pedagogy Event, SCMS 2015, Provocation #1

Here’s the first video from our five teams that will frame the discussion for our Participatory Pedagogy event at the 2015 SCMS conference.  Caetlin Benson-Allott, Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, and Lokei  Kaimana, doctoral candidate in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas-Austin and the Mendenhall Dissertation Fellow at Smith College, start us off with a dialogue on teaching “Difference and Affinity” in film and media studies.

Difference and Affinity from DJ Zoe Trop on Vimeo.