2nd Ekphrasis Conference in Cinema and Visual Culture, organized by Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Theater and Television, Department of Cinema and Media / 28-29 May, 2015, Cluj, Romania
The Faculty of Theater and Television of the Babeș-Bolyai University is announcing the Call for Papers for the Annual Cinema and Visual Culture Studies Conference held May 28-29, 2015. This 2015 conference is designed to discuss the irreverent nature of art, cinema and visual production in various media environments. The purpose of the conference is to deal with the various obstructions of the creative spirit, both in the context of the passivity of the consumer society and in a highly censored and politically correct environment. Often art is vilified, accused of blasphemy and obscenity, threatened with violence, prosecuted and even imprisoned, yet the function of art has to be a source for scandal and provocation. The main goal of the conference is interrogating the limits of what is acceptable or not in art, of what it means to use art as a form of disrupting the established order. Researchers are invited to explore the provocative nature of art, by looking deeper into the means by which artistic expressions challenge the social barrier, and understanding the breaking force of any work of art, in media and in cinema.
A special feature of the debate is announced as part of this conference, and it will be dedicated to the philosophy and aesthetics of Lars Von Trier. This part of the conference is dedicated to the three trilogies of Lars von Trier, with a special interest for his so called Depression Trilogy (Antichrist, Melancholia and Nymphomaniac).
NEW: The abstract submission deadline EXTENDED: March 15th, 2015 / Registration Deadline for Presenters: April 15th, 2015
Please note that there will be a conference fee (to cover all catering services, etc.) of €150. Discounts and reduced fees to be discussed with each applicant. Early bird fees are €100 if payed by February 2015.
The language of the conference is English.
Accepted file types: Word documents (Open Office or Microsoft Office), not PDF. Confirmation will be received by email. Please send your papers at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Perhaps since 9/11, definitely since Abu Ghraib and attacks on representations of Muhammad, there has been an accelerating interest in how images act in the world, both in art and beyond the gallery. In some respects the precursor to this critical interest was the resurgence of interest in iconoclasm, idolatry, and the image wars, whose principal document is the book Iconoclash (2002) but the literature on images outside art now includes a number of theorists: Nicholas Mirzoeff, Marie-José Mondzain, Horst Bredekamp, Charlotte Klonk, and Tom Mitchell. Read more…
Lars von Trier’s exploration of pornography as a cinematic language and, by reputation, his most provocative film, Nymph()maniac (2013, 2014) appropriately culminates his long-term fascination with the Marquis de Sade. It is also von Trier’s most literary and (arguably) least cinematic text. Although its hardcore content has drawn the most attention, my presentation claims that the site of the film’s vaunted obscenity, as in Sade, is its discourse – beginning with its mock-scandalous title, winking parentheses, and premise as the narrative of a female libertine. I will also address the larger question of whether, in a twenty-first century context, its Sadeian strategies are provocative and, if so, how. Read more…
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).
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 is Associate 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.
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 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).