Joy Schaefer

Visiting Professor
Department of English

D-2-208 Mackinac Hall
(616) 331-3085

Joy Schaefer

African / African-American Studies
AAA/ENG 337 Contemporary Black Literature

English Literature and Language
ENG 105 Literatures in English
ENG 203 SWS World Literature
ENG 204 World Mythology
ENG 215 SWS Foundations of Literary Study: Genres
ENG 216 Foundations of Literary Study: Critical Approaches

FVP 225: Film Culture

Research Interests
My most recent work draws on transnational feminism to analyze histories and representations of public secondary schools located in marginalized neighborhoods. I examine how these institutions often fail to include the non-‘universal’ student (e.g. the ‘veiled’ Muslim girl; the queer racialized figure) in the contexts of (post)colonial France and the U.S., comparing representations before and after key historical events: May ’68; September 11, 2001; and the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack. I argue that films from the 1950s to 2015 reveal a startling continuity: the public secondary school acts as a prison-like space that contains and controls bodies that have been socially constructed as inadequate for integration or assimilation.

Forthcoming Publication
Schaefer, Joy C. “The Frontier & American Pulp in the Zone: Marcel Carné’s Terrain vague (1960) as Proto-‘Banlieue Film’,” JCMS: Journal of Cinema & Media Studies (2020)

Recent Publications
Schaefer, Joy C. "Truffaut’s L’Enfant sauvage (The Wild Child, 1970): Evoking Autism & the Nascent “Eugenic Atlantic”." Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture, vol.1. no. 1, 2019, pp. 10-41.

Schaefer, Joy C. “The Spatial-Affective Economy of (Post)Colonial Paris: Reading Haneke’s Caché (2005) through Octobre à Paris (1962).” Studies in European Cinema, vol.14. no. 1, 2017, pp. 48-65.

Schaefer, Joy C. “Must We Burn Hitchcock? (Re)viewing Trauma & Effecting Solidarity with The Birds (1963).” Quarterly Review of Film & Video, vol. 32, no. 4, 2015, pp. 329-343.

Recent Honors, Awards and Distinctions
Faculty Conference Travel Grant for travel to Stonewall 50: The Future of Global Queer Liberation Art & Media in Toronto. Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center, GVSU, 2019.

Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grant for presentations at Society for Cinema & Media Studies annual conferences (see below). Center for Scholarly & Creative Excellence, GVSU, 2018 & 2019. 

Vivien Hartog Best Graduate Instructor Award, Stony Brook University, 2016.

Recent Professional Activities 
Presenter, “Horror/Ideology/The Progressive Genre,” Seminar: Rethinking Cinema/Ideology/Criticism, Society for Cinema & Media Studies, Seattle 2019.

Chair, “Music Across the Genres” panel, Society for Cinema & Media Studies, Seattle 2019.

Presenter, “Hijab as Ritual in Faiza Ambah’s Mariam (2015).” Women Filmmakers in France panel. Society for Cinema & Media Studies. Toronto. 14-18 March 2018.

Co-Curator, inaugural New York Feminist Film Week. Anthology Film Archives. NYC. 7-12 March 2017.

Invited Speaker, introductions to Alice Guy-Blaché and Germaine Dulac films. “Woman with a Movie Camera: Female Film Directors Before 1950.” Anthology Film Archives. NYC. 17 & 25 September 2016.

Presenter, “The Ecole Laïque as Transnational Microcosm.” Imagining Ethnicity, Race, and Racial Politics panel. Society for Cinema & Media Studies. Atlanta. 30 March - 3 April 2016. 

Co-Organizer & Co-Chair, “Global Feminist Film: Diversity on Screen.” Workshop with filmmakers Patricia Silva & Mila Zuo. Northeastern Modern Language Association. Hartford, CT. 17-20 March 2016. 

Presenter, “Performing Laïcité: The Banlieue Public School as Theater & Prison in Skirt Day (2009).Precarity: National Women’s Studies Association. Milwaukee. 12-15 November 2015. 

Presenter, “The Spatial-Affective Economy of (Post)colonial Paris.” European Cinema Research Forum Annual Conference: Space & Place in European Cinema. National University of Ireland, Galway. 7-8 July 2015. 

Co-Organizer & Co-Chair, “Trigger Warnings & the Neoliberal Classroom: Rethinking Pedagogy in Our Time of Precarity.” Humanities Institute, Stony Brook University. 18 February 2015. 

Ph.D., Comparative Literary & Cultural Studies, Stony Brook University
M.A., Comparative Literature, Stony Brook University 
Advanced Graduate Certificate, Women’s & Gender Studies, Stony Brook University
M.A., French Studies, New York University
B.A., English & French, Aquinas College
A.A., English, Grand Rapids Community College