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Revolution & Cinema

Porto, Portugal
Organization: Universidade Católica Portuguesa – School of Arts
Categories: Postcolonial, Hispanic & Latino, Comparative, Popular Culture, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, 20th & 21st Century, Drama, Narratology, Aesthetics, Anthropology/Sociology, Cultural Studies, Film, TV, & Media, History, Philosophy, African & African Diasporas, Asian & Asian Diasporas, Caribbean & Caribbean Diasporas
Event Date: 2020-05-07 to 2020-05-08 Abstract Due: 2020-02-01

Confirmed speakers & artists:
Ângela Ferreira
Ros Gray
Maria do Carmo Piçarra
Isabel Capeloa Gil
June Givanni*
Billy Woodberry
*To be confirmed
The fields of cinema and contemporary visual arts have been positioned, in recent years, from the perspective of recovering a historical memory of the colonized peoples. This recovery has been made either by the use of images or by the recovery of films produced by native filmmakers and artists (recovered from the archives), allowing the uncovering of their own imaginary, much built from the revolutions after the departure of the western countries.
The academy itself has produced a series of books and texts that aim to document and think these archives, as well as these national cinemas and artistic objects, giving them a place of visibility, contradicting established canons of cinema and its western worldview. At the Spring Seminar, Professor Ros Gray's book Cinemas of the Mozambican Revolution will be launched, which traces a history of the INC (Mozambican film institute) and the cinema made by Mozambican militant filmmakers.
In this seminar, we intend to discuss this recovery, either from this silenced history of a national cinema and/or art of the colonized peoples, or from Western artists and filmmakers who work on this legacy from a postcolonial perspective.
Papers discussing the following topics will be accepted:

  • Postcolonial legacy in film and visual Arts
  • Decolonization movements and their relationship with cinema and the visual arts
  • The third cinema
  • Decolonization of film and art histories
  • Collective forms of film and artistic production
  • The role of political cinema
  • Activist art or the relationship of art to politics
  • Other ways of thinking about cinema as a revolutionary artistic form

For more information and submissions please contact: springseminar.arts@porto.ucp.pt.



Spring Seminar