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The first issue of volume 7 of Studies in French Cinema has appeared. It contains the following articles:
5-17 Libby Saxton, Secrets and revelations: off-screen space in Michael Haneke's Caché (2005)
19-30 Kate Taylor, Infection, postcolonialism and somatechnics in Claire Denis's Trouble Every Day (2002)
31-42 Joseph Mai, 'New(er) stories': narration and de-figuration in Robert Bresson's Mouchette (1967)
43-55 John Orr, Out of noir: Seberg-Preminger-Godard-Garrel
57-68 Vinay Swamy, Marivaux in the suburbs: reframing language in Kechiche's L'Esquive (2003)
The next number (7:2) will have articles on Bedwin Hacker, Caché, Tout un hiver sans feu, Wild Side, films by Algerian emigre directors, and the films of Besson.



The American University of Paris

Film Studies Department




Friday 6 April 2007

American University of Paris, Grand Salon

31 ave Bosquet,75007 - Paris - M° Ecole Militaire


 Image of the body / Body of the image in contemporary cinema


(Coordination : Jérôme Game)


In the last few years there has been a steady increase in the theoretical and critical examination of the cinematic body, from Steven Shaviro's The Cinematic Body in the United States to Vincent Amiel's Le Corps au cinéma and Nicole Brénez's De la figure en général et du corps en particulier : L'invention figurative au cinéma in France. How is cinematographic art able to represent the creative faculties - but also the irreducible powers and forms - of the body : its gestures, desires, needs and pulsions ? How can it account for the cognitive, cultural, political and technological contexts associated with, or affected by, the body throughout history ? These are key questions that this recent scholarship has addressed. Parallel to these, films themselves have used the body as a preferred topos, figure or motif. 

Working with and on these various discourses, this symposium will focus on a specific question herethereto neglected within film studies, namely the link between cinematographic art understood as aesthetic constructivism culminating in the production of a plastic artefact (staging, cinematography, montage and sound editing finally leading up to an image), and the shapeless natura naturans, the dis-organ-ized force that a body is. In other words, the conference will focus on the body of the image as much as on the image of the body so as to probe the hypothesis of the image as force (made of intensive rapports) rather than as mere form, and thus reproblematize the issue of corporeal representation. The ambition of the conference will then be to examine the notion of cinematic body as critical paradigm. 





9h30 / Opening Remarks


9h45-10h20 / Ludovic Cortade (University of Toronto) 

« The body and landscape in the films of Bruno Dumont »


10h20-10h55 / Jérôme Game (American University of Paris)

« Images-without-Organs/Narratives-without-Telos : Van Sant, Reygadas, Clark, Grandrieux, Hsien »


10h55-11h30 / Discussion  then  coffe-break


11h30-12h05 / Jean-Michel Durafour (Université Lille III)

« Le corps corallien dans le cycle Cremaster de Matthew Barney »


12h05-12h40 / Nicole Brénez (Université Paris I)

« Biopolitique et libération, enjeux du déchaînement formel: Whitehead, Grandrieux, Noureddine »


12h40-13h00 / Discussion






14h30-15h05 / Margara Millan and Servando Gajà (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

« From pervert object to body as misanthropy : three moments in Mexican cinema »


15h05-15h40 / Sarah Cooper (University of London, King's College)

« Face to Face, Back to Back : Levinas and the Dardenne brothers »


15h40-16h10 / Discussion  then  coffe-break


16h10-16h45 / Yann Beauvais (Filmmaker, Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Mulhouse) 

« Towards the image »


16h45-17h20 / Elie During (Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon)

« Slow Motions, Virtual Bodies »


17h20-17h55 / Philippe Dubois (Université Paris III)

« Corps improbables »


17h55-18h30 / Discussion


18h30-18h45 / Closing remarks



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