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February 2006, Week 4


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The programme with abstracts for the SFC conference 2006 is now available at

Transvergence and Francophone cinema
Wednesday 19 April 2006
Institut Français (Petite Salle), 17 Queensberry Place,
South Kensington, London SW7 2DT. Tel: 020 7073 1350

We are grateful for the continued and very generous support of the Institut Français

In seeking a term that could better embrace the cross-fertilisation practice that is cinema as a far-flung industrial practice and praxis, rather than use transnational or cross-fertilisation, we would like to propose the term coined by Marcos Novak, 'transvergence'. The aim of the conference is then to open up the concept of Francophone cinema to this term and concept. How we bring this about will be the very nature of our debates at the annual conference.

Papers will be pre-circulated. Each panel will begin with the Chair positioning the context for the papers (5-10 mins). Then the two speakers will have 10-15 mins to present their arguments as a series of open issues to be debated. The remaining 45 mins will be devoted to round-table discussion and debate, during which we hope that most of those attending will be able to participate.

If you would like to attend and receive pre-circulated papers, please send a cheque to Susan Hayward, Studies in French Cinema, Department of Film Studies, Queen's Building, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4QH. If you have any enquries, please contact: [log in to unmask] [Tel: 00 44 (0)1392 264 342]. Fees are £10 for SFC members, £15 for non-members, and £5 for student or unwaged. The fee does NOT include refreshments or lunch. Delegates are welcome to use the café of the Institut or the restaurants/bars in the surrounding area for refreshments/lunch. There are many hotels in South Kensington for delegates staying overnight.

9.30-10.00 Reception

10.00-11.30 Border crossings 1

Marijke de Valck, 'Sites of passage: film festivals and transvergent cinema' (Department of Media Studies, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands) 
Min Lee, 'France steaming the Orient Express: the French distributors' role in the recent East Asian cinema traffic' (University of Warwick, UK/Korean Film Council) 
11.30-12.00 Refreshments

12.00-13.30 Writing and wronging

William Brown, 'Sabotage or espionage? transvergence in the works of Luc Besson' (Magdelen College, Oxford, UK) 
Steven Eastwood, 'New lived time of film unmaking, or, making films wrong' (Department of Media Study, University at Buffalo, NY, USA/ UCL, The Slade School of Art, London, UK) 
13.30-14.30 Lunch

14.30-16.00 Algeria

Will Higbee, 'Locating the difference in a cinema of transvergence: the place of Algerian émigré directors in contemporary French film' (Department of Film, University of Exeter, UK) 
Florence Martin, 'Transvergence and cultural detours: Nadia El Fani's Bedwin Hacker (2002)' (Goucher College, USA) 
16.00-16.30 Refreshments

16.30-18.00 Border crossings 2

Michael Goddard, 'East-West European palimpsests as transvergent cinema in Greg Zglinski's Tout un hiver sans feu' (Department of British and Commonwealth Studies, Uniwersytet Lodzki, Lodz, Poland) 
Kate Ince, 'Transvergent' francophone auteur cinema?' (Centre for European Languages and Cultures, University of Birmingham, UK)

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