James Batcho, PhD | Professor l Writer l Lecturer
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My name is James Batcho. I’m a professor, writer and lecturer on a variety of subjects, from storytelling and cinema to philosophy and media. I’m the author of the book Sound for Independent Audiovisual Storytelling and my second book, Terrence Malick’s Unseeing Cinema: Memory, Time and Audibility, will be published this June. I’ve written for Media Culture & Society, Studies in European Cinema, Journal of Sonic Studies, Film-Philosophy, The New Soundtrack and Atropos Press.


I currently teach film theory and practice in the Cinema and Television department at United International College in Zhuhai. For the past 11 years I have taught at universities in China, South Korea and the United States and given lectures and readings in Singapore, Australia, and Denmark. I earned summa cum laude honors for my dissertation Logos of Cinema: Memory and the Audibility of Unseeing at the European Graduate School.


I was sound designer and music supervisor for the documentary Ari Ari the Korean Cinema, which premiered at the prestigious PIFF Film Festival and ran nationwide in South Korea in 2013. I currently have a backlog of essays to compose, but I hope to return to designing sound for future films.


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Here is my most current curriculum vitae (CV).

Recent Posts

  • I’m very pleased to announce the release of my book Terrence Malick’s Unseeing Cinema: Memory, Time and Audibility for Palgrave-Macmillan. This has been such an incredibly long project that sustained me though an amazing six years, beginning with my dissertation......

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  • CHIANG MAI. In my last entry I wrote about my appreciation for the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. A few people asked me how to begin reading him and that spurred me to write up this entry. Keep in mind this is a......