Peter Bloom

Associate Professor of Film & Media Studies
Director of Graduate Studies

Curriculum Vitae

1997 Ph.D., 1992 M.A., UCLA Department of Film and
Television (Critical Studies)


2413 Social Sciences & Media Studies



Early Cinema, French and Francophone Media, Media
Archaeology and Pre-Cinema, French Colonial
Discourse, African Art, History of the Social Sciences.


Specializing in French and Francophone cinema and society, his interests range from the history of film technologies, narratives of body techniques, avant-garde and experimental movements, to contemporary film and media in Europe and Africa. His ongoing research examines the relationship between colonial media, the history of ethnographic film, and pre-cinema. He has presented his work internationally, curated film programs, and published more than a dozen articles on colonial cinema, early hygiene films, francophone African cinema, and the history of French anthropology in French and English. He is currently co-editing a volume entitled "Frenchness and the African Diaspora" related to the 2005 disturbances in France, and his monograph "French Colonial Documentary: Mythologies of Humanitarianism" has been published by University of Minnesota Press. He is also co-director of the African Studies Multi-Campus Research Group.

French Colonial Documentary
Mythologies of Humanitarianism

Peter J. Bloom

University of Minnesota Press
March 2008