Assistant Professor, Film & Media Studies
School of Humanities
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2018, Asian Studies
B.A., Rio de Janeiro Federal University, 2006, Communication
M.A., Fluminense Federal University, 2009, Communication - Film
Phone: (949) 824-8596
University of California, Irvine
2000 Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697
Brazilian cinema, Japanese cinema, critical race theory, critical theory, decoloniality, film and media theory, cinematic embodiment, Asian-Latin American studies.
Carolina Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Romance Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill.
Keiji researches Brazilian and Japanese cinema, the relation between filmic form and the political, peripheral modernisms, yellowness and raciality in Brazil, with particular interest in the intercrossing of phenomenology, historical materialism, critical race studies, and film and media theory. He has published on topics such as Japanese and Brazilian filmic avant-gardes, Brazilian modernist photography, and critical methodologies of Asian-Latin American Studies. He is currently working on his first book manuscript, tentatively titled "Of Clouds and Bodies: Film and The Problem of Embodiment in Brazilian and Japanese Interwar Avant-gardes," in which he focuses on questions of embodiment and temporality in Brazilian and Japanese silent film and 1920's–1930's avant-gardes.
Carolina Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity, 2018–2020.
Japan Foundation Doctoral Research Fellowship, Japan Foundation, 2015–2016.
Rio de Janeiro State Research Foundation, Award for Best Thesis in Communication. (FAPERJ) 2010.
André Keiji Kunigami comes to UCI’s Department of Film and Media Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Carolina Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Romance Studies. Keiji has also taught film history at the Fluminense Federal University, in Brazil, and he has been a researcher at PUC-RJ, in Rio de Janeiro, and a Japan Foundation Fellow at Meiji Gakuin University, in Tokyo. Keiji was born and raised in Brazil, where he earned his BA in Communication from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and his MA in Communication from the Fluminense Federal University, before receiving his PhD from Cornell University.
"Film and Malaria: Mário De Andrade and the Politics of Just Looking," Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, 2020. DOI: 10.1080/13569325.2020.1823347
"Introduction" (with Daniel Fairfax and Luca Peretti) in special issue "Cinema and Social Conflict," Zapruder World: an International Journal for the History of Social Conflict, Volume 6 (2020). DOI: 10.21431/Z3F304
“(Geo)políticas da Percepção: Limite, de Mário Peixoto, e Uma Página da Loucura, de Kinugasa Teinosuke.” ((Geo)politics of Perception: Limite, by Mário Peixoto, and A Page of Madness, by Kinugasa Teinosuke.”) in Galáxia: Comunicação e Semiótica, n.44, may-aug 2020, pp. 83–99. [Portuguese].
“Fotografia Contra Vontade: as fotografias de Dorothea Lange nos campos de concentração dos Estados Unidos.” (Photography Against Will: Dorothea Lange's photographs of the US concentration camps). Logos: Comunicação e Universidade, vol. 27, n.1, 2020, pp. 221–241. [Portuguese]
“Analogy as Exposure.” in Bachner, Andrea, et al. "Approaches between Asia and Latin America: A Critical Renga." Verge: Studies in Global Asias, vol. 3, no. 2, 2017, pp. 56–59
“Imaginação e Representação: Whose Utopia.” (Imagination and Representation: Whose Utopia) Lugar Comum, vol.1, p.185–198, 2012.
“Apontamentos: cinema, sofrimento e alteridade.” (Notes on cinema, suffering, and alterity) in Imaginários Invisíveis, XIII Estudos de Cinema e Audiovisual. São Paulo : Socine, v.2, p.292-305, 2012.
“O Método de Benny: olhar, mostrar e narrar a morte” (Benny´s Method: to see, to show, and to narrate death) A Imagem e o Incômodo: o Cinema de Michael Haneke. WSET, 2011, p. 167–176.
“Limiar, imagem e corpo: política e estética em Ichi, o Assassino, de Takashi Miike.” (Threshold, image, and body: politics and aesthetics in Ichi, the Killer by Takashi Miike) Imagens do Japão: pesquisas, intervenções poéticas, provocações. São Paulo: Annablume, 2011, p. 41-51.
“Naomi Kawase e o Presente.” (Naomi Kawase and the Present) O Cinema de Naomi Kawase. Rio de Janeiro: CCBB, 2011, p. 180-195.
Daniel Fairfax, André Keiji Kunigami, and Luca Peretti, eds. "Cinema and Social Conflict." Zapruder World: An International Journal for the History of Social Conflict, volume 6, 2020.
Carolina Postdoctoral Fellowship for Faculty Diversity. 2018–2020.
Japan Foundation Doctoral Research Fellowship, Japan Foundation. 2015–2016.