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James Batcho, PhD, is a writer, teacher and lecturer on a variety of subjects, including storytelling, cinema, philosophy,
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ecology and media. In 2015, James earned summa cum laude honors for his dissertation Logos of Cinema: Memory and the Audibility of Unseeing at the European Graduate School. He is the author of the book Sound for Independent Audiovisual Storytelling and has written for Media Culture & Society, Journal of Sonic Studies, The New Soundtrack and Atropos Press. He is currently wrapping up his second book, Terrence Malick’s Unseeing Cinema, which explores relations of audibility, time and memory through Malick’s films. His academic interests focus on “unseeing” relations, sound and hearing, deep ecology and various aspects of spirituality. At Mawun, James teaches the Philosophy of Deep Ecology course. It is informed by his ongoing research in “process philosophy,” which emphasizes “becoming” and the interrelations of environment and consciousness through readings of ancient Greek and Buddhist philosophy and more contemporary writers such as William James, Henri Bergson and Gilles Deleuze. James has taught at universities in China, South Korea and the United States and has given lectures and readings additionally in Singapore, Australia and Denmark. His most recent essay is on the connections of hearing, listening and ecology titled “Deep Listenings, Deeper Soundings.” More information is available at www.jimbatcho.com.