Nathan Roberts is a fourth-year graduate student in Film and Visual Studies. He received a BA from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University in 2015. Nathan’s work delves into philosophies of cinematic space, and the relationship between space and affect. He has written about spatial distance as mediated and overcome via technology in science fiction films, theories of “negative space,” affective atmospheres, geometric and topological configurations in cinematic musicals––and, most recently, about how an aesthetic of excessive horizontality can formalize the spatial, epistemic, and temporal problem of anxious paranoia.
Nathan’s scholarly approach can be generally described as a philosophically-informed type of phenomenological close reading, built on the theoretical principle that cinema is as much a dynamic play with spatial relationships as it is a play with signs and signifiers. He has presented at several national and international conferences. His writing has been featured on TIME.com and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a co-creator of the film podcast Kinovision and the author of a philosophical, comical, theoretical, theological, and altogether multivalent memoir: Surface Tensions: Searching for Sacred Connection in a Media-Saturated World, which was released in July, 2016.