Alice Gambrell
Associate Professor
Department of English
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354 USA

BA, English, Dartmouth College
MA, PhD, English, University of Virginia
MA, Interactive Design and Game Development, Savannah College of Art & Design

faculty profile page
e-mail: gambrell {at} usc {dot} edu

selected projects


2011. My essay "In Visible Hands: the work of stop motion" is out in the current issue of the new journal Animation Practice, Production, and Process. More information here.

May 2011. Presenter, "Where We Are Now," a symposium in honor of Professor Brenda Silver, Dartmouth College. Paper Title: "Critical Craft: designing scholarly knowledge." More information about the event here.

2010-11 academic year. "Gallery Skin" is the title of a presentation model that I am developing for the digital display and projection of 2D artworks in their original (public) configurations. The project was funded by the "Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences" initiative at USC.

July 2010. Presenter: "Productive Gestures" panel at Animation Deviation, a symposium at the School of Creative Arts, University of the University of the West of England, Bristol, organized by Vicky Smith and Patrick Crogan. Paper title: "Lost Motion"; more information here.

Presenter: "Techniques" panel at the Society of Animation Studies Conference, Edinburgh College of Art. Paper Title: "Unseen Hands: the work of stop motion"; link to conference schedule.

May 2009. Organizer/Presenter: Mediated Identities (pdf), a day-long presentation of papers, performances, and experimental scholarship at the McClintock Studio Theatre, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, which featured work by Velina Hasu Houston, Aniko Imre, Tara McPherson, and D. Travers Scott. Paper title: "Margaret Kilgallen: the page, the screen, and the wall." Sponsored by USC's Center for Feminist Research.

April 2009. I wrote a short essay for the program brochure for Shelf Life: A Big Day for Small Press. Shelf Life was a day-long bazaar and symposium on independent publishing organized by Ewa Wojciak and Michael Ned Holte at USC, with participants including Joe Carducci, Rachel Kushner, Aaron Rose, and V. Vale. Video from the panel discussion is posted here and here.

  In Progress          
  In my book in progress, Writing is Work, I look at below-the-line labor (including clerical work, print design, and book production) that supports the production of digital and analog media. A big portion of the research for that book was published in an experimental electronic project called Stolen Time Archive, a collaboration between myself and artist Raegan Kelly that appeared in the first issue of Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular.          
  Courses: Fall 2014 and Spring 2015          
  Arts and Letters 100: Looking at Language
English 392: Permutations of the Book
English 472: Learning Out of Place
  site updated fall 2014