CFP: Critical May 68

Critical May 68
CineLab, IFILNOVA – FCSH, New University of Lisbon
Lisbon, Portugal
May 29-30, 2018
Abstract Deadline: February 28, 2018

On the occasion of the 50 year anniversary of the “events of May,” we aim, with the International Symposium Cinema and Philosophy, to look at this particularly eventful historical period and at the manifold philosophical, artistic and cinematographic encounters, researches, and outputs of the period that are of substantial import for critical thinking today.

Decolonial wars, workers movements, and the involvement of intellectuals; film collectives and militant films; auteurist and pedagogical films—the geopolitical cadre gave place to an expansive mobilization and to cultural, artistic and social forms of organization and work. This historical moment is fertile in discussions and research into the relations between cinema, thinking, and otherness that “contest dominant culture’s continuities,” to use the phrase of Frederic Jameson. We are particularly interested in looking into the philosophical and critical thought that emerged at this moment, its transmission into filmmaking, and its continued importance today, both methodologically and critically.

We welcome proposals that engage one or more of following subjects:
– Critical theory and critical cinema
– Image and performativity
– Work, occupation, and film
– Collective filmmaking groups and auteurist cinema
– Pedagogy, authority, and censorship
– Realism and mediation
– Appropriation and archiving of upheavals in contemporary art
– Philosophy and militant film

Please send abstracts of between 250 and 300 words with a small biographical note (100 words) to by 28 February 2018. The working languages of the symposium will be Portuguese and English.

Notifications of acceptance will be given promptly after.
Following the symposium, we aim to produce a publication of essays on the subject.

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