Associate Professor, Florida Atlantic University
United States of America
Gerald Sim arrives after spending the fall quarter at Stanford University as Lee Kong Chian NUS-Stanford Distinguished Fellow on Contemporary Southeast Asia. He will spend his time at NUS completing his manuscript tentatively titled, Besides Hybridity: Postcolonial Poetics of Southeast Asian Cinema, contracted with Indiana University Press. The book uses the region’s unique colonial history to conceive of postcolonial aesthetics beyond the usual tropes of hybridity and syncretism, while attending to an understudied but thriving segment of world cinema. Individual chapters explore Singapore’s spatial imagination, Malaysian soundscapes, and Indonesian cinema’s relationship to genre.
Sim was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute in 2013 and 2016. He is the author of The Subject of Film and Race: Retheorizing Politics, Ideology, and Cinema (Bloomsbury Academic, 2014), a Neo-Marxian evaluation of film studies’ engagements with race. His other writing on diverse topics that include Japanese cinema, film music theory, Edward Said, digital cinematography, and CNBC personality Jim Cramer, has been published in Asian Cinema, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Discourse, Projections, and Rethinking Marxism.
He holds a Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa, and a BS in Biology from Duke.