Accent as Expertise, Perception, and Desire: A Playlist to Accompany Thinking with an Accent

The editors of Thinking with an Accent have compiled a media playlist to accompany their Open Access collection, available to read for free online or in a variety of downloadable formats. They have chosen a range of media texts, spanning the realms of installation and video art, theater, fiction and documentary film, and music. Their goal, to borrow a phrase from pioneering raciolinguist John Baugh’s foreword to our volume, has been to channel the “methodological liberation that is on display throughout this book,” and to do so in a way that introduces readers to the work of each of our contributors. 

Themed Playlist: Mothers of Invention

To celebrate and coincide with the publication of the (fantastic!) Mothers of Invention: Film, Media, and Caregiving Labor, Eds Corinn Columpar and So Mayer deliver a playlist that expands on the book, which examines parenting both a theme and a practice​ in film and media cultures, where mothering can be seen as a form of radical caring labour.

Themed Playlist: Ukrainian Films

Inspired by community interest, the FLEFF team decided to develop a film list that would include both historical and contemporary films from Ukraine, a country with a long history of cinema. This is a selection of ten, all available through streaming services.

Themed Playlist: Filming Abortion

From Maria San Filippo, a tie-in to her recent Flow column “Maude & Me; Or, Responsibilities of a Feminist Media Critic,” this list features films that represent abortion in resonant, hopefully mind-changing ways.

Themed Playlist: Discovery and Beginnings

Ania Trzebiatowska has recently joined the University as the festival director of Sands – International Film Festival of St Andrews. She generously contributed a playlist on the theme of discovery and beginnings, featuring her favourite debuts of the past decade.

Themed Playlist: The Female Detective on TV

To coincide with the publication of MAI: Feminism and Visual Culture’s issue on the Female Detective on TV, this collaboratively-created playlist features several of the collection’s contributors offering their recommendations of TV shows featuring female detectives. Enjoy this list of things to watch and read.

Themed Playlist: Engaged Observation

Filmmaker and sound artist Mark Lyken provides a list of films that influenced the making of his recently released film, 1300 Shots. These films push beyond the observational mode in engaging, creative, and inventive ways.