Randall Halle

  • Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies

Randall Halle (Klaus W. Jonas Professor of German Film and Cultural Studies) is the Director of the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a founding member and Director of the graduate program in Critical European Culture Studies. His books include The Europeanization of Cinema and German Film after Germany. His essays have appeared in journals such as New German Critique, Screen, Camera Obscura, German Quarterly, and Film-Philosophy.

Education & Training

  • PhD, German Studies, Minor in Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995.
  • MA, German Studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1987.
  • BS, German Studies. University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1985.

Representative Publications

The Europeanization of Cinema: Interzones and Imaginative Communities. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2014.

German Film after Germany: Toward a Transnational Aesthetic. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2008.

After the Avant-garde: New Directions in Experimental Film. Rochester: Camden House Press, 2008.

Queer Social Philosophy: Critical Readings from Kant to Adorno. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2004.

Light Motives: German Popular Film in Perspective. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2003.

Marginality and Alterity in Contemporary European Cinema. Special two volumes of Camera Obscura (44 & 46, Fall 2000, Spring 2001).

"Toward a Phenomenology of Emotion in Film: Michael Brynntrup and The Face of Gay Shame," in Modern Language Notes (2010).

“From Lyric to Militant: Experiments with the Turkish German Image.” Turkish German Dialogues on Screen in New Cinemas Journal (2010).

“European Film Beyond its Borders: Neo-Orientalism in Transnational Production Strategies.” Global art cinema: new theories and histories Roalind Galt and Karl Schoonhover eds. Oxford University Press (2010).

Working Papers

“Regional, National, Transnational: The European Interzone”

“The Eighties in Super-8: The German Small Film Revolution, East and West”

“Gay Rights as Human Rights: Warsaw and Berlin in Post-Wall Transnational Conciliation”


Research Interests

(Un)Popular Culture:
As much as popular cultural has been theorized, it remains an elusive concept. High and low, mass and elite, typically discussions of popular culture reinstate even as they seek to overcome these oppositions. This project seeks to take this problem head on by considering instead what is unpopular culture. It positions itself with recent discussions of "the pretty," "nice," or other intermediate terms of aesthetic evaluation. It fosters in this way what we may understand Low Theory. Objects of analysis come primarily from visual culture.
Visual Alterity: 
Seeing Difference The discussion of alterity, the relationship to an other through which the sense of subjectivity arises in the individual, has received a great deal of attention beginning at least with Hegel. Although this attention has focused on recognition and appearance, the face of the other, or the phenomenology of perception, it has not interrogated the visual aspects of alterity. How does recognition of the other arise in a visual field. This study addresses that lacuna by focusing on aspects of alterity in film and other visual media.