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Conferences Archive (2005-2006)

Globalism and Film History: A Conference

University of Illinois at Chicago
April 6-9, 2006

The story of cinema is open-ended. Transformations in the social and intellectual landscape are reshaping the way we think about film and its history. This conference will explore the following themes:

The impact on film of national borders that both shift and dissolve
The growing recognition of diverse audience cultures and subcultures
The challenges and opportunities of emerging technologies
The realignment of global and local funding and distribution strategies
Discussions will focus on the way recent theories and research tools are
making possible new insights into cinema’s past.

Conference Location: University of Illinois at Chicago, 750 South Halsted, Room 605 Student Center East, unless otherwise noted.

“Globalism and Film History: A Conference” is free and open to the public. It is helpful for us to calculate attendance, so please preregister by March 30, 2006 using the online form below or by calling 312.996.6354


Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m.
School of the Art Institute Building, 112 South Michigan Avenue, Room 1307
Roundtable: The Achievements and Challenges of Film Histories as We Have Known Them
Chair: Tom Gunning, University of Chicago

Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 2006
University of Illinois at Chicago, 750 South Halsted, Room 605 Student Center East
Friday, April 7, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Historiographic Issues
Moderator: Patrice Petro, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Jane Gaines, Duke University
“Reading World Film History for the Plot”
Yuri Tsivian, University of Chicago
“Statistics and Internet in the Service of a Globalized Film History”

Friday 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Production: Authorship and Industry
Moderator: James Lastra, University of Chicago
Chon Noriega, University of California, Los Angeles
“Efrain Gutierrez as a Representative of Bi-National Regional Cinema”
Kathleen McHugh, University of California, Los Angeles
“Jane Campion as a Transnational Auteur”
Don Crafton, University of Notre Dame
“Puppets in Shadows: Animation in Europe”

Friday, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Reaching Audiences: Exhibition, Distribution and Reception
Moderator: Chuck Kleinhans, Norwestern University
Jan Olsson, Stockholm University; Visiting Professor at Northwestern University
“Pellucid Screens/Rackety Streets-Another Look at Early Film Exhibition”
Greg Waller, Indiana University
“Globalism and the Circulation of Foreign Films on the Non-Theatrical Market”
Vanessa Schwartz, University of Southern California
“The Cannes Film Festival: Marketing Cosmopolitanism”

Keynote: Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Jeffrey Berg, Chairman and CEO, International Creative Management, Los Angeles
“Film and National Identity”

Saturday, April 8, 2006 
University of Illinois at Chicago, 750 South Halsted, Room 605 Student Center East
Saturday, April 8, 9:30 -11:30 a.m. 
Nationalism, Coming or Going? Part I
Moderator: Miriam Hansen, University of Chicago
Hamid Naficy, Rice University
“Transnationalism in Early Iranian Culture”
David Desser, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Globalization Across Asia”
Kelley Conway, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Globalism and French Cinema: Then and Now”

Saturday, 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Nationalism, Coming or Going? Part II
Moderator: E. Ann Kaplan, Stony Brook University
Angelo Restivo, Georgia State University
“The Historical Image in Recent Italian Cinema: Italy and the World”
Frances Gateward, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
“Waiting to Exhale: Representation of the Korean Colonial Experience and the Trouble with ‘My Own Breathing’ ”
Christine Gledhill
“Rethinking the National of British Cinema”
Ravi S. Vasudevan, The Sarai Program: City/Media/Public Domain, Center for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi
“The Changing Global Contours of Indian Cinema: ‘Bollywood,’ ‘Pirate’
Video and Contemporary Film Culture”

Keynote: Saturday at 4:00 p.m. 
Manthia Diawara, New York University
“The Global Imaginary in Nigerian Video Films”

Sunday, April, 9, 2006 at 9:30 a.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago, 701 South Morgan, Institute for the Humanities, lower level Stevenson Hall
Roundtable: What Should A History of Global Cinema Look Like?
Co-chairs: Virginia Wright Wexman, Sara Hall
Christine Gledhill, Kathleen McHugh, Hamid Naficy, Chon Noriega, Greg Waller

Conference Organizing Committee: Virginia Wright Wexman, English Department; Sara Hall, Germanic Studies Department; Mary Beth Rose, Institute for the Humanities, English Department; and Linda Vavra, Institute for the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago

For further information, contact: Linda Vavra 312/996-6354; fax 312/996-2938; email