ROBIN VISSER (UNC-Chapel Hill): “Shadow Plays and Queer Enlightenments in Stanley Kwan’s Lan Yu”

Please join us on April 11th for Robin Visser’s “Shadow Plays and Queer Enlightenments in Stanley Kwan’s Lan Yu“, held in Hyde Hall in the Incubator Room.

In this talk, Prof. Visser will explore how Hong Kong filmmaker Stanley Kwan’s Lan Yu (2001) ameliorates the traumatic cinematic topos of Beijing via queer “structures of feeling.” The affective topography of the film is queer not so much because it features such an ordinary gay love story (as Kwan describes it). Rather, its synthesis of Beijing and Hong Kong aesthetics creates a sense of queer normativity. The traumatized national subject embraces the abject colonial subject; emotions long frozen within the palimpsest of a Beijing ethos, or commodified within the temporal spatiality of a Hong Kong topos, are expressed in real time in the presence of loving others. As a “parable of renewed Enlightenment,” Lan Yu disrupts postcolonial narratives of neoliberalism by queering urban affectivities conditioned by the imperial and the colonized.
 
Prof. Visser’s research focuses on modern Chinese literature, cinema, urban studies and environmental studies. Her current project, Bordering Chinese Eco-Literature, examines the strategic appropriation of non-Han ethnic traditions of environmental thought and praxis in China and Taiwan. Her first book, Cities Surround the Countryside: Urban Aesthetics in Postsocialist China (Duke UP, 2010), a finalist for the SECAAS Book Prize, analyzes Chinese urban planning, fiction, cinema, and art at the turn of the 21st century. She has also translated various Chinese and Taiwanese essays and fiction.


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Inga Pollmann (UNC-Chapel Hill): “The Lives of a Salamander: Temporalities in/of the Cinema”

Please join the Triangle Film Salon on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30pm, in conjunction with the Furst Forum, which will be presenting Inga Pollmann’s talk “The Lives of a Salamander: Temporalities in/of the Cinema.”

The event will take place at UNC Chapel Hill, Hyde Hall (Institute for the Arts and Humanities), 176 E Franklin Street (behind Battle, Vance and Pettigrew Buildings) and includes a reception.

Hyde Hall is easily accessible from Franklin Street. A map with public parking spots is here.

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Rick Warner (English and Comparative Literature, UNC Chapel Hill): “Filming a Miracle: Contemplative Strategies from Dreyer to Reygadas”

In conjunction with the Furst Forum, Triangle Film Lectures will be presenting Rick Warner’s talk “Filming a Miracle: Contemplative Strategies from Dreyer to Reygadas” at 6:30pm on Thursday January 31st. Gregg Flaxman will be the respondent.

The event will take place at UNC Chapel Hill, Hyde Hall (Institute for the Arts and Humanities), 176 E Franklin Street (behind Battle, Vance and Pettigrew Buildings) and includes a reception.

Hyde Hall is easily accessible from Franklin Street. A map with public parking spots is here.

The flyer for the event can be found here.

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Workshop with Dan Morgan: “André Bazin, Film Theory, and Modernism”

Friday, November 16th beginning at 12 pm Dan Morgan will lead a workshop discussing his pre-circulated paper “André Bazin, Film Theory, and Modernism”. The workshop will take place at UNC Chapel Hill in Dey Hall Room 403A. Click here for a copy of the pre-circulated paper.

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Lecture November 15th: Dan Morgan (University of Pittsburgh) “Film, Philosophy, Fantasy: Camera Movements and The Problem of Point of View”

Please join us next Thursday November 15th at 6:30 pm for Dan Morgan’s Talk “Film, Philosophy, Fantasy: Camera Movements and the Problem of Point of View”, which is held in the University Room of Hyde Hall at UNC. Gregg Flaxman (UNC Chapel Hill) will be the respondent.

Morgan’s talk will discuss theories of both cinematic point of view and camera movement take as a fundamental task working out the epistemic relation between viewer and camera, and between camera and filmic world. He argues that serious consideration of camera movements shows that this focus on the epistemic relation misses much of the work that camera movements in fact do, and that a better set of questions engages familiar notions of expression (on the part of the film) and imagination (on the part of the viewer). Through an examination of several examples, Morgan offers a preliminary sketch of what such a theory of camera movement would need to be.

Click here for the flyer.

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Lecture Oct. 11th: Maria Pramaggiore (NC State) “History’s Image in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon”

Please join us on October 11th at 6:30 pm for Maria Pramaggiore’s talk “History’s Image in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon”  held in Toy Lounge in Dey Hall at UNC, with respondent Markos Hadjioannou (Duke). The flyer can be found here.

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Lecture September 25th: Devin Orgeron (NC State) “Rethinking Nonfiction: Educational Film and the Documentary Canon”

Please join us Tuesday September 25th at 6:30 for Dr. Devin Orgeron’s talk “Rethinking Nonfiction: Educational Film and the Documentary Canon” held in Richard White Lecture Hall at Duke University. Click here for the flyer. 

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