Nathaniel LaCelle-Peterson

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1st Year Graduate Student Film and Media Studies/Comparative Literature


I am interested in the history of notions of form and their material cultures as a means to understand the political aesthetics of the extractive histories of the twentieth century. Through a focus on the problematic materialities of extraction, I seek to better understand the matrix of labor, nature, and technology in a range of accounts of twentieth century cultural history, critical and media theory, and in literature and film.
Previously, I studied literature and media at Cornell University (BA) and the Freie Universität Berlin (MA) and worked as a managing editor for projects in the “Anthropocene Formations” group at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. At Yale, I am a doctoral student in Comparative Literature and Film & Media Studies, and a Graduate Fellow in the Environmental Humanities at the Whitney Humanities Center.

Research Interests

critical theory, media studies and poetics, critical extraction studies, history of science, 20th century cultural-environmental history, marxisms, 19th and 20th century intellectual history, media aesthetics, translation, genre theory, documentary forms

Working Languages

English, German, Spanish

Education History

Freie Universität Berlin (MA)
Cornell University (BA, summa cum laude)