Amanda Greer

Sessional Lecturer


Amanda Greer is a PhD Candidate at the CSI. Her dissertation, supported by a SSHRC grant, a Doctoral Excellence Award, and a Vivienne Poy Chancellor’s Fellowship, develops a theory of pedagogy as cinematic form in the post-WWII social guidance film. Drawing from feminist methodologies, Michel Foucault’s work on discipline, and critical pedagogical theory, this project argues for the disciplinary cinematic formation of pedagogical relationships between student and teacher in educational films. Taking up cinematic techniques like freeze frames, superimpositions, and acousmatic voiceovers, this project argues for pedagogy as a disciplinary device in social guidance cinema, one that shapes, moulds, and forms the films’ student body, constructing normative notions of adolescence. More broadly, her work investigates feminist theory, cinematic form and formalist reading strategies, educational film, useful cinema, Classical Hollywood, the teen girl in cinema, and American film history.

Her work can be found in The New Review of Film & Television Studies, Film & History, Film Criticism, and Sound Studies. In 2020-2021, she served as a Doctoral Fellow at the Centre for Ethics, launching a speaker series titled “Ethics, Aesthetics, Feminisms.”

From 2018-2022, she has served as Assistant Production Editor for Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (formerly Cinema Journal).

She currently serves as Graduate Educational Developer with the Teaching Assistants Training Program, housed at the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation.

Please reach out over email with any queries, or to chat about pedagogy and cinema.