Alaina Piro Schempp
I am a PhD student in Film Studies at the University of Kent. My thesis, supervised by Professor Murray Smith and Dr. Margrethe Bruun Vaage, focuses on the aesthetics and cognition of time and timing in narrative film and video. I hold a Research MA in Media Studies from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a BA in Film Studies and English Language & Literature from the University of Michigan.
I am a member of scholarly institutions and research centers including the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA), the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI), the Aesthetics Research Centre (ARC), and the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Film and the Moving Image (CISFMI). I co-organize a bi-weekly reading group in Film Studies for postgraduates and faculty and maintain the associated blog.
My research interests include narrative temporality, philosophical aesthetics, cognition and cognitive science, analytic philosophy of film, multimodal studies, and the intersection between Continental and analytic philosophy. I have presented papers on a range of topics including conceptual metaphors in comic books, aesthetics of real-time cinema, and film as philosophy.