School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, L.A., U.S.A.
Michael Renov is Professor of Critical Studies and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. In 1993, Renov co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have, to date, been held on four continents. He is one of three general editors for the Visible Evidence book series at the University of Minnesota Press. In 2005, he coprogrammed the 51st annual Robert Flaherty Seminar, a week-long gathering of documentary Vlmmakers, curators and educators, creating 20 screening programs and filmmaker dialogues on the theme “Cinema and History”. He has taught graduate seminars at the University of Stockholm and Tel Aviv University and has led documentary workshops in Jordan for the Royal Film Commission and in Cyprus. Renov’s teaching and research interests include documentary theory, autobiography in film and video, video art and activism and representations of the Holocaust. He has recently published the following books and articles: Cinema’s Alchemist: The Films of Peter Forgacs, with Bill Nichols (2011). Handbook on Film Studies, with James Donald (2008).