John is interested in political and temporal divisions of space in visual media. How do visual representations produce spaces with particular temporalities? What are the political implications when certain spaces (and by extension, their inhabitants) are configured as past and others as contemporary? To that end, he is currently studying the way rural space has been conceived in North American and Western European film studies and the impact of this conception on film historiography. His other general interests include the history of neo-conservatism in the cinema, and how we might conceive of utopian filmmaking in the midst of so much apocalyptic thinking.