The essay film exemplifies the circulation of ideas across all kinds of borders—not only those that mark geographic and political boundaries but also the borders associated with media, genres, and cultures. Any consideration of the aesthetics and evolution of the essay film therefore touches on the development and dissemination of ideas in general, and more broadly on the intersections among art, politics, and thought within the context of the evolution of cinema. This conference will provide students and scholars an opportunity to engage with a variety of theoretical issues and historical traditions that the essay film as a category brings together.
APRIL 4th, 2014
(Friday), St. Mary's Hall (Language House) Multipurpose Room, University of Maryland
9 am - Welcome Remarks and
Archaeology and Film Studies, UMD
Keynote Speaker: Timothy
Corrigan, Professor of Cinema Studies, English, and History of
Art, University of Pennsylvania
and Contemporary Narrative Cinema"
10:00am - Session 1
Nora M. Alter, Professor of Film and Media Arts, Center for
the Arts, Temple University
Respondent: Oliver Gaycken, Assistant
Professor of Film Studies, Department of English & Program in
Comparative Literature, UMD
10:45am - Session 2
Rick Warner, Assistant Professor and Kenan
Fellow, Department of English and Comparative Literature,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Essaying the Forms of Popular Cinema:
Godard, Farocki, and the Principle of Shot-Countershot"
Respondent: David Johnson, Associate Professor of Film, Department of English, Salisbury University; co-editor, Literature/Film
11:30am - Session 3
Luka Arsenjuk, Assistant Professor of Film Studies, School of
Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UMD
"Notes on the Videographic Essay: Analysis, Dispositif, Montage"
Respondent: Mauro Resmini, Brown University;
Visiting Lecturer, School of Languages, Literatures, and
1:30pm - Session 4
Eric Zakim, Associate Professor of Literature and Film
Studies, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UMD
"Israel in the Essayist's Imagination: On the Limits of Subjective Cinema"
Respondent: Valerie Anishchenkova, Assistant Professor of Arabic Literature and Culture, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, UMD
2:15pm - Session 5
Caroline Eades, Chair of French and Italian Department and
Associate Professor of French and Film Studies, SLLC, UMD
Elizabeth Papazian, Chair of Russian Department and Associate
Professor of Russian and Film Studies, SLLC, UMD
"Cinéma-Vérité and Kino Pravda: Chronicle of a Summer and Man with a Movie Camera as Essays"
Respondent: Anne Eakin-Moss, Assistant
Professor of Russian Literature and Cinema, The Humanities
Center, Johns Hopkins University
3:00pm - Panel Discussion with Speakers
Chaired by Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak
Professor of Persian Language, Literature, and Culture, UMD
April 5th, 2014 (Saturday) at The National Gallery of
Art, Washington, D.C.
Screening and Panel Discussion
In conjunction with the Conference The Filmmaker's Voice: The Essay Film and the Circulation of Ideas
2:00 - Screening of Innocence Unprotected (Dusan Makavejev, 1968, 80 min.)
3:20 - Discussion and Q & A hosted by the
Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, University of Maryland,
4:30 - Screening of Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (Jonas Mekas, 1971-72, 88 min.).
Both UMD and NGA events are free and open to the public. For the April 4th symposium, RSVPs are not required, but are requested (umdfilm [at] umd [dot] edu). The NGA event is first come, first seated.
Co-organized by the Graduate Field Committee in
Film Studies, The Film Studies Program at the University of
Maryland, College Park and The National Gallery of
Co-sponsored by The Graduate School, The College of Arts and
Humanities, The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures,
The Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, The Department of Art History and Archaeology, The Department of
French and Italian, The Department of Russian Studies, and The
Center for East Asian Studies, University of Maryland at College