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World Cinema Between the Rock of the Unknowable and the Hard Place of the As Yet Unknown Seminar

16:00 - 18:00
18 October 2022
Online/Microsoft Teams

Event details

This paper proposes a new critical framework for understanding the construction and fluidity of World Cinema, particularly in relation to what is unknowable and as yet unknown about it. Following Derrida, it argues that the answers lie in how World Cinema gains meaning(s) through the process of différance (difference and deferral of meaning), particularly through genre. Deploying and dismantling genre theory in a series of case studies, and holding that impurities in western cinema constitute trace evidence of new paradigms happening elsewhere in World Cinema, this paper ultimately posits empathy and its deferral as essential to an understanding of the dynamics of the cinemas of the world.

Luis Freijo is lecturer in the University of Liverpool and holds an AHRC-funded Midlands 4 Cities Doctoral Scholarship. His research expertise is in the dynamics of World Cinema as it relates to genre studies and, in particular, the global Western. He has recently contributed chapters on the relation between genre filmmaking and politics to Sense8: Transcending Television (2021), The Routledge Companion to European Cinema (2022) and Screening the Crisis: US Cinema and Social Change in the Wake of the 2008 Crash (2022), and has co-authored a new theorisation of World Cinema published in Transnational Screens (2021).

Rob Stone is professor of Film Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he co-directs B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies. He has published on Spanish, Basque, Cuban, European, independent American, and World Cinema and is the author of Spanish Cinema (2001), The Wounded Throat: Flamenco in the Works of Federico Garcia Lorca and Carlos Saura (2004), Julio Medem (2007), Walk, Don!t Run: The Cinema of Richard Linklater (2013; 2nd edn, 2018) and Lady Bird: Self-determination for a New Century (2023). He also co-authored Basque Cinema: A Cultural and Political History and Cine Vasco and co-edited The Unsilvered Screen: Surrealism on Film (2007), Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema (2013), A Companion to Luis Buñuel (2013), Screening European Heritage (2016), The Routledge Companion to World Cinema (2018) and Sense8: Transcending Television (2021).

Once you book via Eventbrite you will then be sent a Outlook meeting request which will include the link to the seminar. Please note the seminar will take place online using Microsoft Teams.

The deadline for registering for this event is 10am on Thursday 6 October, this date is early due to Tracy taking leave so please ensure your booking is submitted by the deadline as Tracy does not return to her desk until after the seminar.

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