Call for Participants:
Film and Media in the Tracks of Deleuze
Summer Institute in Rhetoric and Public Culture
May 19, 2013 at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
The annual one-week summer institute in Rhetoric and Public Culture for graduate students will be held at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) on July 15-19, 2013. This year’s institute theme is: “Film and Media in the Tracks of Deleuze”. Thirty years after the publication in French of Cinema 1: The Movement-Image, Deleuze’s work on cinema remains at the center of contemporary debates on film, and its relationship to other visual media, as well as to philosophy, literature and political thought. This institute will bring together prominent scholars of film, literature and theory to explore the relationship of Deleuze’s work on cinema to his thought as a whole, as well as to that of other major theorists who are, in various ways, in dialogue or conflict with that work. It will particularly focus on the possibilities and limits of Deleuze’s approach to media aesthetics both for interpreting historical and contemporary media practices and for mapping the relationship of film (and art in general) to politics.
The seminar, directed by Professors Scott Durham and Dilip Gaonkar, will consist of five days of presentations and discussions led by four distinguished group of visiting faculty. They are:
Serge Cardinal, Professeur agrégé, Département d’histoire de l’art et d’études cinématographiques, Université de Montréal.
Tom Conley, Abbot Lawrence Lowell Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University.
Gregory Flaxman, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies, UNC, Chapel Hill.
Eleanor Kaufman, Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and French and Francophone Studies, UCLA.
Lectures will occur in the afternoon and the mornings will be dedicated to workshops around readings (assigned in advance) for each lecture. The overlapping format enables both student and faculty participants to continue informal scholarly discussion during group lunches and dinners.
The seminar is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication, an interdisciplinary initiative of Northwestern University School of Communication. The Center will subsidize transportation (up to $250), lodging, and some meals for admitted students. Applicants should send a letter of nomination from their academic advisor, along with a one-page statement explaining their interest in participating in this year’s institute, to the summer institute coordinator Caitlin Bruce (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will adopt a policy of rolling admissions. Priority will therefore be granted to strong applications that are submitted in a timely fashion, preferably by Nay 19. All inquiries should be directed to Caitlin Bruce (email@example.com).
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