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Professor Charlie Keil Appointed Principal of Innis College

The Innis College community is pleased to announce that the Agenda Committee of Academic Board has approved the appointment of Professor Charlie Keil as Principal of Innis College from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2020.

Charlie Keil PhotoProfessor Keil joined the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto in 1996 and the Department of History in 2001. He is formerly the Cinema Studies Program Director (2005-07) and Director of the Cinema Studies Institute (2007-14). While Director, he oversaw the expansion of Cinema Studies from an undergraduate College program to a free-standing Institute offering M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He also served as Graduate Coordinator in the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama (1999-2001), and was Co-Chair of the Council of Humanities Chairs (2012-14). He received his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Professor Keil, a scholar of early cinema, particularly the pivotal ‘transitional era’ of the 1910s, has pioneered the study of the period in such books as Early American Cinema in Transition; American Cinema’s Transitional Era (co-edited with Shelley Stamp); and American Cinema of the 1910s (co-edited with Ben Singer). He has also published on documentary, contemporary cinema, authorship, and stardom. His most recent publications include an anthology examining the relationship between humour and animation entitled Funny Pictures (co-edited with Daniel Goldmark), and Beyond the Screen: Institutions, Networks and Publics of Early Cinema (co-edited with Marta Braun, Rob King, Paul Moore, and Louis Pelletier). In collaboration with Professor Braun, of Ryerson University, Professor Keil has developed the Early Cinema Filmography of Ontario online database, a research project supported by four SSHRC (Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada) grants. He currently serves on the editorial boards of four academic journals and on one board for film preservation. He has also been awarded the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts and Science (2014-15) and was a top 20 finalist for TVO’s Lecturer of the Year (2006).