January 20: Nathan Holmes, PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies: “A City Torn Apart: Chase and Landscape in Detroit 9000,” a chapter from his dissertation, The City After Dark: 1970s Noir and the Urban Imagination.
February 3: Adam Hart, PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies, “The Other End of the Line: Telephones and the Look in the Modern Horror Film,” a chapter from his dissertation.
February 17: Kara Keeling, Assistant Professor in the Division of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts and in the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. She will be presenting her paper “Electric Feel” (A Remix): Transduction, Errantry, and the Refrain.” The paper strives to assess what certain logics inherited from selected popular music songs might offer to ongoing efforts to renegotiate bonds, institutions, and political possibilities shaped by the violences characteristic of capitalism, white supremacy, neoliberal multiculturalism, and contemporary geopolitics. Making Deleuze and Guattari’s concepts of “the Refrain,” and “music” available as heuristics and technologies that can contribute to ongoing explorations of the role that sound plays and yet might play in contemporary Euro-American feminist cultural studies, this essay is animated by what might be called, following Édouard Glissant, a mode of “scholarly errantry.” It aims to produce a creative, scholarly engagement with how sound (here in the form of music) might offer insightful support for generating and relating concepts to the rapidly changing present circumstances that queer anti-racist feminisms might actively participate in shaping.
February 24-25: Phenomenologies of Projection, Aesthetics of Transition: Anthony McCall 1970-79, 2001 – Exhibition and Symposium. Experience the subtle poetics of McCall’s rarely exhibited ‘Solid Light’ films at a special two-day event at the University of Chicago, featuring works on both celluloid film and digital media. This exhibition and its related symposium turn a critical spotlight onto key moments in an artistic career that has moved with singular coherence between the aesthetics of an analog and a digital media paradigm.
On Saturday, February 25, Anthony McCall will present an artist talk at an afternoon symposium dedicated to his work, then participate in a roundtable with a panel of distinguished curators and scholars. The Symposium will take place at the Film Studies Center, 5811 S. Ellis Ave, University of Chicago. Reservations are recommended, and can be made at filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu.
For more information on the exhibit and symposium call 773-702-8596 or visit HYPERLINK “http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/events/2012/phenomenologies-projection-aesthetics-transition” filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu.
This event is being co-sponsored by The University of Chicago Arts Council, The Nicholson Center for British Studies, Tom Gunning Mellon Foundation Distinguished Achievement Award, The Department of Cinema and Media Studies, The Department of Visual Arts, The Department of English Language and Literature, The New Media Workshop, The Mass Culture Workshop, The Theatre and Performance Studies Workshop, The Contemporary Art and Its Histories Workshop.
March 2: Alyson Hrynyk, PhD Candidate, Cinema and Media Studies, presents a chapter in progress from her dissertation, “Performer as Medium”: Intermediality, Instrumentality and the Body in Post-War Women’s Avant-garde Cinema.”
*Research interests taken from USC website.