Nicholas Forster

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B.S., Film and Television, Boston University’s College of Communication (2011)


Nicholas completed a BS in Film and Television from Boston University’s College of Communication in 2011. After receiving his degree, he was an AmeriCorps Urban Fellow at the Phoenix Charter Academy (PCA), an alternative charter school in Chelsea, MA. At PCA, Nicholas co-taught classes in English and World History, created promotional videos, and worked directly to engage students in works of philosophy, literature and film. His work at PCA is part of his broader interest in extending educational opportunities to students who, for a variety of reasons, have often not had access to school.

His research interests include the work of Nicholas Ray, the films of the Black Power era, the African American novel in the middle of the 20th century, sound recording technologies, and hip-hop. He is especially interested in how aurality is translated onto the written page and how technological developments in sound and film have been used to re-inscribe and reconstruct race. He joined the combined program of African American Studies and Film Studies in 2012.

Nicholas Forster is the creator and host of the podcast series, “The Lower Frequencies Podcast”

“Unsettling the Archive: Tell It Like It Is and the Constitutive Possibilities of Black Film History.” Film Quarterly. Vol. 69, No. 1 (Fall 2015) pp. 64-71.

“(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below: Curtis Mayfield, Cinematic Sounding, and Cultural Memory,” September 2015. Vol 2. Issue 5. pp. 66-83.

“What is This Thing Called Hip Hop Studies?: A Response to Saucier and Woods.” Journal of Popular Music Studies, Volume 27, Issue 3. pp. 343–352.