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Dear All

This is a Call for Papers for a Conference on Marx and cinema that we are hosting at the University of Central Lancashire. We would really appreciate if you post it on various notice boards and forward it to friends and colleagues. Thanks.

Hope to as many of you in Preston next year!

Best wishes, Lars

Call for Papers
Marx at the Movies Conference
University of Central Lancashire
March 16-17, 2012

As the Lehmans Brothers filled for bankruptcy on September 15 2008 an era came to a halt. No more was there a belief that ‘the Market’ would work for the greater good as long as it was left un-regulated. As the belief in neoliberal theory and practice collapsed, many turned to the alternative theory – that of Marxism, not least because for Marx the challenge for human thought was not simply to understand the world but to change it.

Not for the first time Marx is ‘fashionable’. As David Harvey observes in his introduction to The Communist Manifesto: ‘The Communist Manifesto of 1847 is an extraordinary document, full of insights, rich in meanings and bursting with political possibilities. Millions of people all around the world – peasants, workers, soldiers, intellectuals as well as professionals of all sorts – have, over the years, been touched and inspired by it.’

The same can be said about filmmakers, film academics and students, in view of the fact that cinema, as a collective endeavour and as an industrial art, is an excellent ground to test Marxist dialectical thought. But how has cinema engaged with Marxist theory and practice? How has cinema engaged in processes to create radical social transformation, including decolonisation and the liberation of women? Is there a revival of Marxism in contemporary film theory and practice?

These are some of the questions we want to discuss during the two-day conference, hosted by theSchool ofJournalism, Media and Communication inPreston – a town of great importance to the history of the working class, as testified by Marx and Engels’ writings.


Papers are sought for topics such as:

* The problems of conveying Marxist thought on screen (including attempts to screen Capital)

* Representation of alienated and non-alienated labour and capital on screen

* The work of Sergei Eisenstein, Bertolt Brecht, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Dušan Makavejev, Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembène, Alexander Kluge, Ken Loach, Lars von Trier. Are they Marxist filmmakers?

* Western and Eastern Marxist film theory and history Socialist production, distribution and exhibition of films

* Marxism, Third cinema and the cinema of revolt

* Marxism and feminist cinema

* Marxism, realism and non-realism

* Screen images of Marx, Engels and Lenin

Organising committee:
Professor Ewa Mazierska
Dr. Anandi Ramamurthy
Dr. Lars Kristensen

Deadline for abstracts (max 250 words): 1 December 2011.
Please send abstracts to Ewa Mazierska Or Lars Kristensen

Notice: The conference is not expected to produce a surplus value


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Featuring the World Premiere of Sergei Eisenstein’s UNPUBLISHED “Notes for a General History of Cinema”
Free and Open to the Public

Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2010, Columbia University

SEMINAR: Thursday, Sept. 30
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Columbia University: Faculty House (64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY – click for map)

Speaker: Antonio Somaini (Professor, University of Genoa)
“The Possibilities of Cinema: History as montage in Eisenstein’s ‘Notes for a General History of Cinema'”
Respondent: John MacKay (Professor of Slavic Literature and Language, Yale University)
CONFERENCE: Friday, Oct. 1

9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Columbia University: 501 Schermerhorn, (1190 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY – click for map) Conference Schedule:

9:00 AM – 10:20 AM    Panel: “Eisenstein and the Comic”

Hannah Frank (Graduate Student in Cinema Studies, University of Chicago)
      “‘A New Kind of Weapon’: Eisenstein’s Drawings as a Theory of the Comic”
Ada Ackerman (Graduate Student in Art History, Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense and Université de Montréal)
      “Why Daumier’s art seemed so ‘cinematic’ to Eisenstein”
Luka Arsenjuk (Graduate Student in Literature, Duke University)
      “Eisenstein’s Comic Dynamism”

10:20 AM – 10:45 AM Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Yuri Tsivian (Professor of Art History, University of Chicago)
            “Chaplin and the Russian Avant-Garde: The Law of Fortuity in Art”
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Masha Salazkina (Associate Professor of Cinema, Concordia University)
       “Eisenstein’s General History of Cinema: General Historical Context”

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Mikhail Iampolski (Professor of Comparative Literature and Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU)
       “Point, Pathos and Totality”

4:00 PM – 4:20 PM Coffee Break

4:20 PM – 6:00 PM Roundtable Discussion
Moderator:  Philip Rosen (Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University)
Participants: Antonio Somaini, Yuri Tsivian, Masha Salazkina, Mikhail Iampolski, John MacKay

6:00 PM – 6:45 PM Reception: Schermerhorn

6:45 PM Film Screening (501 Schermerhorn): News From Ideological Antiquity: Marx – Eisenstein – Capital (Directed by Alexander Kluge, 2008, 84 min.) 
Sponsors: Columbia University Seminars on Cinema & Interdisciplinary Interpretation and Sites of Cinema, The Harriman Institute, Film Program, School of the Arts, Columbia University, Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories, Museo del cinema di Torino, Turin, Italy:



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