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Professor of Film and Media Arts, Temple University

Daimler Fellow - Class of Spring 2021


Nora M. Alter is a professor at Temple University’s School of Theater, Film, and Media Arts. She completed her BA, MA, and PhD in comparative literature at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at the University of Florida. Alter is author of Vietnam Protest Theatre: The Television War on Stage (Indiana, 1996), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (Michigan, 2002), Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (Berghahn, 2004), Chris Marker (Illinois, 2006), Essays on the Essay Film (Columbia, 2017), and The Essay Film After Fact and Fiction (Columbia, 2018). She has published on topics in contemporary art, film, and cultural, visual, and performance studies, as well as on artists John Akomfrah, Yael Bartana, Stan Douglas, Maria Eichhorn, Renée Green, Hans Haacke, Daniel Eisenberg, and Martha Rosler, among others. Alter’s work has been supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Howard Foundation, and Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2005, she was awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies. From 2008-17, she served on the Committee on Modern and Contemporary Art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Slought Foundation and the editorial board of Afterimage.

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