Michael Laramee, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Office: Donahue 107
Office: Donahue 107
Professor Michael Laramee, Ph.D., is a film and media studies specialist in his fifth year teaching graduate and undergraduate communication, mass media, and film studies courses at Lasell College. He has published articles on African cinema and documentary films and his primary research interests include film history, post-colonial studies, media studies/theory, and African film and video. He completed his dissertation on Nollywood, the Nigerian film industry, titled “Digital Zoom on the Video Boom: Close Readings of Nigerian Films” (2013), for which he did extended in-depth interviews in Nigeria and the United State. He is currently reshaping the content of his dissertation into a book which he intends to publish by 2016.
What do you like about teaching at Lasell?
“As an adjunct at Lasell before being hired full-time, I found the smaller class enrollment to be an effective setting for fostering strong professional relationships with students. One can really get to know their students and provide them the opportunity to contribute to the community through connected learning and intergenerational projects which in my experience do provide Lasell undergraduates and graduates with valuable real-world knowledge and practices. It is truly a unique institution and the opportunity to teach at Lasell Village and share stories with another generation of life-long learners is unquestionably one of the most beneficial aspects of the college!”
What is important for your students to take away from your classes?
By taking my media, film, and culturally-oriented courses, students will understand how to historically contextualize media industries, especially film, by comparing and contrasting mass media products from different time periods and cultural settings and critically analyzing their value and societal effects. I am determined to educate students about the importance of media, such as film, across cultures and aid their understanding of how becoming media literate, culturally sensitive and open-minded, will not only enrich their professional careers but also their personal growth in a globalized world dominated by mass media.
Do you have any publications/links you would like students to be made aware of?
Laramee, Michael. “Unthinking Industry Conventions: Reflexivity and Media Jujitsu in Osuofia in London.” Nollywood: Nigerian Movie-Making and Entertainment Culture in Glocal Perspective (Forthcoming, University Press of the Americas, Society and Change in Africa Series, 2015).
Laramee, M. “Digital Zoom on the Video Boom: Close Readings of Nigerian Films.” (Dissertation, University of Miami, FL, May 2013)
Laramee, M. “Hailing and Haggling with Third Cinema: Hybridity and the Deconstruction of Cultural Boundaries in Bye Bye Africa.” In Rethinking Third Cinema: The Role of Anti-colonial Media and Aesthetics in Postmodernity, eds. Frieda Ekotto and Adeline Koh, Lit-Verlag Berlin, 2009.
Laramee, M. “Petit à Petit and The Lion Hunters.” In Three Documentary Filmmakers: Errol Morris, Ross McElwee, Jean Rouch, ed. William Rothman, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2009.