Nicholas Forster

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Education History

B.S. Film and Television, Boston University, 2011

Research Interests

Sound technology and race in the 20th century; the relationship between sound and the written word; films of the Black Power Era; the African American Novel in the middle of the 20th century; sound art; hip hop studies; jazz studies; black studies


“ ‘A Visit Will Teach More Than a Pen Can Describe’: Race, Sound Technology and Recollective Theatre in Post 1948 America”


“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. [JSTOR]

“(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.[Liquid Blackness]

“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. [Wiley]


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.