On Friday 14th March, Thomas Waugh, author of the monograph The Conscience of Cinema: The Works of Joris Ivens 1912-1989, received the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award from the American Society of Cinema and Media Studies, during their annual 5-day conference in Chicago. The Kovács Book Award is the most prestigious book prize in the field of film studies in the United States. The book was published by Amsterdam University Press (AUP) in June 2016, in the book series Framing Film. Giovanna Fossati (Chief Curator at the EYE Film Museum, Professor at University of Amsterdam and series editor of Framing Film) and Maryse Elliott (Commissioning Editor in Film and Media Studies at AUP), were present to congratulate Thomas Waugh on his accomplishment.
The Conscience of Cinema is the first book to survey the entire career of Joris Ivens, the prolific Dutch documentary filmmaker who worked on every continent over the course of seven decades, adding over 80 films to his name. The Conscience of Cinema is also a microcosmic history of the documentary and its form, culture, and place within twentieth-century world cinema and this impressive book is bound to be the new standard in Ivens studies for decades to come.
Amsterdam University Press would like to offer its warmest congratulations to Thomas Waugh!