Arthemis Lecture Series 2014-15

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Concordia University

Arthemis Lecture Series 2014-15

With Michael Cowan, Will Brooker, Daniel Herbert, Catherine Russell, Eugenie Brinkema, Jacques Aumont, Sarah Cooper.

Michael Cowan (McGill University)
Round table on his book Walter Ruttmann and The Cinema of Multiplicity with the participation of Haidee Wasson and Malte Hagener
Thursday September 11 17h15 room : EV 6,720
Will Brooker (Kingston University London) 
Batman: 75 Years As A Transmedia Text
Thursday October 2 17h15 room : EV 6,720
Daniel Herbert (University of Michigan)
Video Stores and the Thresholds of Cinematic Knowledge
Friday November 7 16h00 room TBA
Catherine Russell (Concordia University)
Film Studies’ Gamble with Walter Benjamin: A Tale of Two Journals.
Friday January 16 16h00 room TBA
Eugenie Brinkema (MIT)
Violence and the Diagram: Or, The Human Centipede
Friday February 13 16h00 room TBA
Jacques Aumont (Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle)
Forgetfulness at Work : Film as a Site of Oblivion
Friday March 13 16h00 room TBA
Sarah Cooper  (King’s College)
Merleau-Ponty and film theory
Friday April 10 16h00 room TBA


Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 17:15

The name Walter Ruttmann recalls enthralling and controversial contexts. A pioneer of experimental film, whose Berlin: Symphony of a Great City is still seen as the quintessential urban documentary of the 1920s, Ruttmann also worked extensively in advertising and other commissioned film genres throughout the 1920s and 30s.

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 17:15
Since 1940, one year after his inception, Batman has occupied multiple media texts: from 1943 onwards, he has also existed across multiple media forms. This talk takes us through 75 years of Batman as a cross-platform cultural icon, tracing his journey from comics through newspaper strips and film serials to television, movies and video games.
Friday, November 7, 2014 - 16:00
Historically, video stores in both big cities and small towns often served as de facto cinémathèques and informal “film schools.” Now that Netflix and other digital delivery services have largely destroyed the brick-and-mortar video rental industry, some surviving stores have made efforts to formally re-define themselves as cultural and cinematic institutions.
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 16:00

Although Walter Benjamin is frequently cited in film studies scholarship, there is little consensus on what he really offers the discipline. Working with several PhD students, I have tracked citations of Walter Benjamin in two major film studies journals, Cinema Journal and Screen from 1990 to 2014.

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 16:00

In considering why it took so long for cinema to acquire sound it is important to compare between different historical periods. The slow-paced evolution of film sound (this was everything but a revolution) is not well known or documented in good measure because few people know just how diverse the environments for film screenings were during the first 30 years of cinema.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 16:00

This talk contemplates the figure of enchainment in one of the more graphic films of contemporary horror and exploitation cinema, Tom Six’s The Human Centipede (2009), which literalizes intolerable fastening, an anxiety of overclose touching, in the conceit of its title—a cruel violence in which three bodies are sewn to each other, mouth to anus.

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 16:00

In most cases, to film (the act of filming something) implies capturing an event which actually takes place, in order to create an image of this event – faithful or not, altered or not, but always referring to it. We all know the momentous importance that the history of film theory has assigned to this conservation of the filmed event, in a filmic work that would perpetuate its memory.

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 10:00

Of the large human symbolic constructions, fiction is probably the most ancient and universal. It concerns every one of us and constitutes an important part of our mental activity. Its main purpose is to duplicate our direct experience of the world while giving it symbolic form; hence its cognitive and even reflexive aspects.

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 16:00

From the mid-1940s, when Maurice Merleau-Ponty gave a lecture on film at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in Paris, which was subsequently published as ‘Le Cinéma et la nouvelle psychologie’ (‘Cinema and the New Psychology’), film scholars have shown a keen interest in the relationship between his philosophy and cinema.