Film Theory and Visual Culture Seminar
This seminar aims to foster dialogue among faculty and graduate students across campus working in film, visual culture, art history, literature, and cultural studies, as well as anyone interested in theories of the image, philosophies of perception, aesthetics and critical theory, media histories, and the history of vision. Seminar coordinators: Jennifer Fay (Cinema & Media Arts and English) email@example.com James McFarland (German) firstname.lastname@example.org and Lutz Koepnick (German and Cinema & Media Arts) email@example.com
The seminar meets once a month on Fridays (see schedule below) at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, from 12:00- 2:00 p.m. Lunch is provided!!
Lisa Gitleman (NYU)
"Emoji Dick and World Communication"
12:00- 2:00 PM, Friday, Jan 19, 2018
Marco Abel (University of Nebraska)
"Is School Out?; or, The Berlin School as Event."
12:00-2:00 PM, Friday, Feb 2, 2018
Haerin Shin (Vanderbilt University)
"Posthuman Microagression: The Asian"
12:00-2:00 PM, Friday Feb 16,2018
University of Toronto
"Raw Materialism, Refined Form, and The French Art of Oil"
12:00-2:00 PM, Friday March 23,2017
Talks are held at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities.
Friday September 22, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Michael B. Gillespie (City University of New York)
“Death Grips: Film Blackness and Contemporary Cinema”
Friday, October 20, 12:00- 2:00
Rob King (Columbia University)
“The Revelations of Bill Hicks, or, Rethinking Standup Comedy as a Mode of Social Critique.”
Friday, December 1, 12:00- 2:00
Joseph Jeon (Pomona College)
"Wire Aesthetics: Tube Entertainment’s Flops and the Protocols of Late US Empire"
Johannes von Moltke
University of Michigan
"Of Humans and Things: Classical Film Theory as Media Theory"
September 9, 2016
University of California, Los Angeles
"Sympathy, Solidarity, Montage: The Moviola's Political Ontology"
October 7, 2016
University of Southern California
"Jacques Derrida's Echopoiesis and Narcissism Adrift"
September 25, 2015
"Thinking as Interior Monologue, or Eisenstein and Exteriority”
November 6, 2015
University of Calgary
"Unflattening: Reimagining Scholarship Through Comics"
December 4, 2015
“Hollywood Math after Math: Dataculture and the Obama Era”
March 4, 2016
"Neoliberal Repetitions: Regina José Galindo’s Acts of Ritual Violence"
April 22, 2016
Cinema and Media Studies
University of Chicago
"The Morals of Style"
Friday, Sept. 12, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Andrew V. Uroskie
Modern and Contemporary Art
Stony Brook University, State University of New York
"Site-Specificity and Expanded Cinema: Ken Dewey's Selma Last Year (1966)"
Friday, October 10, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Film and Media Arts
"Strange Songs: Lyrical Strains in the Essay Film"
Friday, Dec. 5, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Department of German | Cinema & Media Arts
"From Masses to Swarms: The Zombie Horde and the Mad Element of Biopolitics."
Friday, February 13, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
"Bare Life Revisited: Senses of Nudity in Pasolini's Arabian Nights and Darger's Realms of the Unreal."
Friday, April 10, 12:00- 2:00 p.m.
Lutz Koepnick (Department of German and Film, Vanderbilt University)
"Notes on the Long Take: Contemporary Art Cinema and the Wondrous"
Friday, Sept. 27th, 2013
Paul K. Saint-Amour (University of Pennsylvania) Karen Beckman (University of Pennsylvania).
"The Visual Culture of Warfare"
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013
Lesley Stern (Department of Visual Arts, UC-San Diego)
"Can the Cinema Think (and Feel) Like a Thing?"
Friday, November 8, 2013
Ackbar Abbas (Department of Comparative Literature, UC- Irvine)
Junk Space, "Dogville," and Poor Theory
Friday, December 6, 2013
Andrea Mirabile (Department of French and Italian, VU)
"Multimedia Archaeologies: D'Annunzio, Belle Epoque Paris, and the Total Artwork"
Friday, Oct. 26, 2012
Alison Griffiths (Media Studies, Baruch College, CUNY)
"Prison, Cinema, and the Senses: The Social and Psychic Experience of Film Behind Bars"
Friday, November 16, 2012
Jan Mieszkowski (Department of German and Humanities, Reed College)
Friday, December 7, 2012
Jonathan Flatley (Department of English, Wayne State University)
"Andy Warhol's Skin Problems"
Friday, Jan 25, 2013
Gregg Horowitz (Professor and Chair of Social Science, Pratt Institute)
"A Made-To-Order Witness: Women's Knowledge in Vertigo"
Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
Amanda Boetzkes (Department of Contemporary Art History and Theory, University of Guelph)
"Plastic Vision, Oil, Objectivity"
Friday, March 15, 2013
Justus Nieland (English and Film Studies, Michigan State University)
"Sensible Atmospheres, Plastic Worlds: In the Modernism of Expanded Cinema"
Friday, Nov. 11, 2011
Euginie Brinkema (Department of Literature, MIT)
"Horror is a Problem of a Line: Intermittency, Dismay, Anxiety"
Friday, Dec. 8, 2011
Zahid Chaudhary (Department of English, Princeton University)
"What Difference does Difference Make?: Adorno, Mimesis, and the Picturesque in India"
Friday, Jan. 13, 2012
Jacques Khalip (Department of English, Brown University)
Workshop on Releasing the Image
Friday, Jan 27, 2012
David Clark (English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University)
"Animal, Atrocity, Witness"
Friday, March 16, 2012