Jessica Ruffin
Jessica Ruffin is a graduate student in German Literature and Culture with Designated Emphases in Film and Media Studies and Critical Theory. She holds a BA in Film and Media Studies from Stanford University (2007) and a MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago (2008), where she focused on film theory and aesthetics. In her current work, Jessica seeks to illuminate theories of cinematic spectatorship and form through philosophies of the sublime and divine, with particular focus on the aesthetics and ethics of Arthur Schopenhauer and his medieval mystic influencers. From 2008-2013, Jessica acted as editor for Millennium Film Journal, a publication dedicated to avant-garde and experimental media practice. In 2012, Jessica became office and projects manager for Aubin Pictures, a non-profit documentary company focused on issues of social justice, arts and culture. She served as associate producer for Aubin's documentary Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity and joined the board of directors in 2015. She is also a member of the editorial board of qui parle, a journal for critical humanities and social sciences.

Research Areas

history of aesthetics; perception; psychoanalysis; spectatorial theory; idealism; situationism; agency; alienation; habit; imagination; temporalities; embodiment