Corporeality and Visuality from Historical Avant-garde to Social Media
29-31 MAY 2014 / Cluj-Napoca / Romania


The conference is an inter-disciplinary forum for academics and practitioners working in the fields or at the intersection of cinema, performing arts, visual arts and media. The conference aims to explore the role of the body in articulating and reflecting the changes in contemporary arts and media practices as well as the theoretical discourses they generate.

In this sense, the body is seen as a discursive field for thinking about the various avatars of the image and visualization process in the contexts of the recent cinematic productions and new media facilities, about the dynamics that confronts the concept of avant-garde and its constant undermining by postmodernism, about the actual dimensions of the dispute between classical theatricality and contemporary performativity, about the intricate relations between authorial discourse and expanded spectatorship, about interactivity as a catalyst for multimediality and remediation, and about the tensions between public space and intimacy when engaging with (social) media environments. Read more

Keynote Speakers

Klaus Obermaier

Transcranial: Performing arts and neuroscience

Most of my projects developed in the last two decades involve the relationship between body and mind. Significant in this sense is D.A.V.E., an intermedia performance premiered in 1999 that deals with issues related to identity, gender and the biotech and genetic engineering invasion of the human body. Read more →

Ivone Margulies

Relatives: The Actor’s Body in Reenactment

Coming in the wake of the juridical mise-en-scène and indicting impetus of post-holocaust testimonials, a number of contemporary films—The Act of Killing (2012), Rithy Panh’s S21 the Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (2003), Zhang Yuan’s Sons (1996), Andrea Tonnaci’s Serras da Desordem (Hills of Chaos, 2006)—have featured original protagonists replaying their past on camera. Read more →

Matt Adams

Games as conversations

Much discussion around game design and game theory has focused on their relationship to narrative and storytelling. Highly praised games – whether large budget games such as Bioshock and LA Noire or independent hits such as Gone Home and Dear Esther – have been often been discussed in terms of plot, character and story world. Read more →

Conference program



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Conference directors:

Horea Avram

Horea Avram is Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Cinematography and Media, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. Doctoral studies in Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Montreal. He researches and writes about new media (art), representation theory, technology and visual culture. His most recent publications include “The Visual Regime of Augmented Space”, in James Elkins (ed.), Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing Through the Discipline (New York: Routledge, 2013). Independent curator since 1996. He has curated most notably for Venice Biennale in 1999.

Claudiu Turcus

Claudiu Turcuș is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinematography and Media, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj, where he teaches Film Criticism and Naratology. His research interests focus on East-Central European cinema and novel, theory of criticism and the theory of adaptation. He is the author of The Aesthetics of Norman Manea (Bucharest: Polirom, 2012), the first monograph about the life and oeuvre of an important Romanian-American writer, two times nominee for Nobel Prize. His most recent papers include From the Nostalgia of Aestheticism to the Rediscovery of Ideology. Romanian Literary and Film Criticism After 2000 (in Ekphrasis, Vol. 9, Issue 1/2013, pp. 9-24).

Conference Comitee:

Miruna Runcan

Miruna Runcan is Professor in the Department of Theatre, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. Since 2009, she is the Director of the Doctoral School in Theatre, Babeș-Bolyai University and a member of the International Association of Theatre Critics. She is a founding member of the editorial board of the academic journal Studia Dramatica. Essays in edited volumes: Das Rumänische Theater nach 1989 edited by Alina Mazilu, Medana Wiedent, Irina Wolf (Berlin: Frank & Timme, 2010) and Theatre After the Change, edited by Maria Mayer-Szilagy, Atilla Szabo, Joanna Krakowska (Budapest: Creativ Media, 2011.

Rodica Mocan

Rodica Mocan is Assistant Professor and the Head of the Department of Cinematography and Media, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. She is active in the European Academy for Digital Media and a jury member for various competitions in the field. Her research interests include the digital competence development in lifelong learning, multimedia applications with interactive content, multimedia in performative arts and the interactive documentary. She was the Director of the Distance Education in Journalism program (2000-2005) and the Director of the Lifelong Learning Center (2008-2012) of the Babeș-Bolyai University.

Doru Pop

Doru Pop is Associate Professor in the Department of Cinematography and Media, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. He has a MA in journalism and communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a PhD in the philosophy of visual culture from Babeș-Bolyai University. In 2012 he was a Fulbright fellow at Bard College, New York, where he taught a course on the Romanian recent cinema. He is the editor in chief of the Ekphrasis journal. He is the director of the International Student Film Festival, FFEST, Cluj. His most recent book is Romanian New Wave Cinema: An Introduction (McFarland & Company, 2014).

Ioan Pop Curseu

Ioan Pop-Curşeu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinematography and Media, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. He holds a PhD in Humanities at the University of Geneva (2007). His research interests focus on the horror and fantasy genres (with a special attention given to the study of witchcraft representation), cinematographic adaptation and the influence of poetry on the filmic discourse. He is the translator into Romanian of Gilles Deleuze’s Cinema I & II. His most recent single-author volume is Magic and Sorcery in the Romanian Culture (Polirom, Bucharest, 2013).

Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca



Department of Cinematography and Media

Faculty of Theatre and Television was established in 1991 as a department within the Faculty of letters at the Babeş-Bolyai University. Since then, it grew to become one of the most important art faculties in Romania. Along with the Theatre program, a new program was launched in 2004: Cinematography and Media. In its actual form, the faculty was established in 2005.

Composed of three departments, covering the fields of theatre, cinematography and media, Faculty of Theatre and Television offers students various specializations, with full line of studies in Romanian and Hungarian languages. Theatre department offers the following specializations at undergraduate level: acting, theatrology (theatre studies), theatre directing. The department of Cinematography and Media offers specializations at undergraduate level in: audio-visual communication, film and TV image, multimedia and filmology (film studies). At the master’s level, the faculty offers three programs. Theater, Film and Multimedia is an interdisciplinary program with separate courses in performative arts and film, film and media studies and interactive multimedia (in English). Master programs offered in Hungarian are Acting and Contemporary Theater. Faculty of Theatre and Television offers also an advanced academic program carried out in a doctoral school with a multidisciplinary perspective, centered on theatre and performing arts.  Read more →

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