James Batcho, PhD | Professor l Writer l Lecturer
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Welcome

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.

 

Please respect copyright of photography, words and projects contained or linked to here, which reside with me unless otherwise noted.

 

Here is my most current curriculum vitae (CV).

Recent Posts

  • BANGKOK. Normally when I come to Bangkok I stay in Sukhumvit. I’ve been doing that since my Busan days, starting around 2009 I guess. This time I’m in the Khaosan Road area. I decided to be a nostalgic tourist. And nostalgic......

  • CHIANG MAI. There are, to me, two great eras of popular music. 1967-1977: The first era begins with Sgt. Pepper. This isn’t to claim that it’s The Beatles’ best album, but it set the tone for what was possible in......

  • CHIANG MAI. Over the past month I’ve been revisiting philosopher David Hume. I first read him as an undergrad and then for my Ph.D. research. But this third go round I’m starting his lengthy Treatise on Human Understanding from the......

  • VIRGINIA BEACH. It is a beautiful thing when one’s impression of a film changes—from the lingering thoughts of the hours that follow to the days that continue, and alter, the thinking. This happened to me with Jordan Peele’s new film......