Symposium and discussion
Tuesday 24 March, 1pm – 5pm, Birkbeck Room B20, Malet Street, WC1
For this opening conference we have invited four leading scholars and critics who have made important contributions to the current debate about the vibrancy of the essay film tradition in contemporary film and moving image culture.
The speakers will each address the question “Why the essay film now?” from their respective angles, and there will be plenty of time for questions from the floor and general discussion.
Christa Blümlinger (University of Paris, author of Cinéma de seconde main: esthétique du remploi dans l’art du film et des nouveaux medias, Klincksieck, 2013)
Catherine Grant (University of Sussex, founder of Film Studies for Free, and editor of REFRAME on-line journal)
Laura Rascaroli (University of Cork, author of The Personal Camera: Subjective Cinema and the Essay Film, Wallflower, 2009)
Igor Krstic (University of Reading, postdoctoral researcher on “Accented Essay Films”, and convenor of forthcoming “World Cinema and the Essay Film” conference)