Prof. Eduardo Ledesma has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship. He was named along with Bobby Smith II, Professor of African American studies.
Ledesma’s project “Visually Impaired Filmmakers and Technologies of Sight” has two key aims, according to the project description: first, to raise critical awareness about the work of blind filmmakers, and second, to establish the contours of a blind cinematic style through theories of the gaze and haptic film. It is the first book to study how visually impaired filmmakers use digital media both to make visible the experience of disability and to destabilize stereotypes about the blind. His analysis of films by blind and visually impaired directors, as well as of collaborations between blind and sighted filmmakers, shows how the aesthetics and content of these works represent the experience of blindness. Ledesma’s work bridges film and disability studies approaches to consider how new technologies of vision are giving blind filmmakers access to the tools and techniques of filmmaking and how their innovations are transforming our experience of film and of visual culture.