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Brandon Arroyo

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Brandon Arroyo

Brandon's path to a PhD has not only helped him seem much smarter than he actually is at cocktail parties, but has also allowed him to be lucky enough to travel half-way around the world. A native New Yorker with a B.A. in Film Studies from Brooklyn College and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University, Brandon has studied and presented his work in France, Italy and San Fransisco. Now finding himself in the Great White North, he has become fascinated with how strong a presence pornography has within the gay village that his now living in. His experience in Montreal has helped him to imagine writing a dissertation contemplating how the various ways in which the digitization of queer pornographies has actually helped it to become more fully ingrained within a wider public sphere rather than just something that we watch in the privacy of our own bedrooms. By thinking of internet pornography as a public object, Brandon hopes to insert more human agency into new media theory and think about the various ways that pornographic fantasy is negotiated within public realms. Other topics of interest include queer theory/cinema, race theory/representation, modernism, reflexivity, autobiographical film theory/history, music videos, Alfred Hitchcock and French film history. Lastly, Brandon could not be happier to have found himself in the lovely city of Montreal working with a faculty, and fellow students, that could not possibly be more friendly, accessible and helpful


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