Colloquium – Modern Languages and Film Studies: The Border Film

This one-day colloquium is the final event in the AHRC-funded Skills Development project at the Institute for Modern Languages Research at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.

When: Friday 31 January 2014, 9.30am to 5pm
Where: Rm 103, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU


9.30 Tea & Coffee.

10.00 The Border Film: Téchiné in Tangier (Bill Marshall).

An illustrated talk followed by discussion. For further reading, see:
P.Pisters, ‘Filming the times of Tangier: nostalgia, postcolonial agency, and preposterous history’, in: D. Iordanova, D. Martin-Jones, B. Vidal (eds.). Cinema at the Periphery. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2010, pp. 175-189.

11.00 Student-led discussions on border films. Suggested viewing:

Bon Cop Bad Cop/Good Cop Bad Cop (Erik Canuel, 2006).
Loin/Far (André Téchiné, 2001).
Die Mitte/The Centre (Stanislaw Mucha, 2004).
Rien À  déclarer/Nothing to Declare (Dany Boon, 2010).
Les Temps qui changent/Changing Times (André Téchiné, 2004).
Touch of Evil (Orson Welles, 1958).

12.30 Lunch

14.00 (Chair, Erica Carter, KCL). Professor Stephanie Hemelryk Donald from the University of New South Wales, an expert on Chinese and also migrant cinema, will give a talk and lead seminar discussions on films such as:

Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos, 1988).
Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki, 2011).
Lore (Cate Shortland, 2012).
Welcome (Philippe Lioret, 2009).

16.00 An hour-long discussion on ‘where we go from here’: how to keep a Modern Languages and Film PG network going, publication possibilities, etc..

17.00 Colloquium ends.

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