Thursday, August 28, 2014

PCI film series 2014-2015

On September 16, 2014, the Postcolonial Initiative PCI Utrecht starts its fifth postcolonial film series with a selection of films shown monthly that draw on a variety of different contexts in our postcolonial world. The series is organized annually and invites all interested in our European postcolonial present and the representation of its political, cultural and aesthetic realities and challenges. We want to explore, through visual representations and cinematographic narratives, how these realities are analyzed and re-imagined in contemporary film. Each film will be introduced briefly by scholars connected to the PCI.

The series opens with a tribute to Stuart Hall, the father of cultural studies, who passed away this year at the age of 82 (3 Feb, 1932- 10 Feb 2014)

THE STUART HALL PROJECT (John Akomfrah, UK, 2013, 95 min)

Introduction:  Domitilla Olivieri (Utrecht University)

John Akomfrah's film is a tribute to Stuart Hall, the founder of the New Left Review and pioneer of cultural studies. Filmmaker John Akomfrah uses the rich and complex mood created by Miles Davis’s trumpet to root a masterful tapestry of newly filmed material, archival imagery, excerpts from television programs, home movies, and family photographs to create this lyrical and emotionally powerful portrait of the life and philosophy of this influential theorist. Akomfrah finds a new and quietly moving significance in Hall's own life story: a man who came from Jamaica – which Hall elegantly calls the "home of hybridity" – and found himself not really at home there, nor in the postwar UK in which he began a brilliant academic career at Oxford.  It is a deeply considered project that reconsiders culture and identity for those excluded from the circles of power through race, gender and class.

Tuesday 16 September
Location: Drift 21, room 0.32
Time: 19.15
Admission is free 

The second film is: 

DISTRICT 9 (Neill Blomkamp, USA/New Zealand/Souht Africa, 2009, 112 min)

Introduction: Kári Driscoll (Utrecht University)

District 9 is a science fiction thriller directed by Neill Blomkamp. Part-action film, part-political allegory, the film is set in present day Johannesburg, South Africa, where, thirty years ago, an alien spaceship appeared in the sky and has been hovering over the city ever since. Instead of an invading army, the crustacean-like aliens turn out to be refugees, helpless and starving. In the three decades since then, these unwanted immigrants have been confined to a housing slum known as District 9, a collective object of fear and loathing for the human population. Now, the aliens are to be forcibly evicted and relocated to an internment camp outside the city.
With its corrugated tin sheds and abject poverty, District 9 stands in for the township settlements where more than a million South African blacks still live without basic human services, two decades after the end of apartheid, whose shadow looms over the film, just as the enormous broken-down mothership does over the city. The racial tensions that marked that period in South Africa’s history are here transposed onto inter-species hostility. The poison that permeates District 9 is the same toxin that has defined so much of human history: the oppression of the Other.

Tuesday 14 October
Location: Drift 21, room 0.32
Time: 19.15
Admission is free 

further films will be announced soon.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The 2015 WFI Symposium. Communication, Postcoloniality and Social Justice. Decolonizing Imaginations.

The 2015 WFI Symposium Communications, Postcoloniality and Social Justice. Decolonizing Imaginations 26th-29th March, 2015, Villanova University, Villanova PA, USA, seeks to inaugurate a scholarly conversation on the future and present of the discipline—and, specifically, how Communication/Media Studies and Postcolonial Studies can mutually inform each other in the advancement of social justice projects.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Third Conference of the Postcolonial Europe-Network in collaboration with the DFG Research Training Group Globalization and Literature: Representations, Transformations, Inventions

LMU Munich, June 26-28, 2014

The third Postcolonial Europe-Network (PEN) conference,  in collaboration with the DFG Research Training Group Globalization and Literature: Representations, Transformations, Inventions, sets out to explore weather, climate and climate changes, both past and present, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The aim is to broaden existing theoretical frameworks and to examine, historicize and contextualize discourses on climate and weather. Particular consideration will be given to literature and the arts, which we consider as an archive where specific meteorological knowledge is not only registered but also scrutinized and produced.  Keynote speakers:  Dipesh Chakrabarty, Elizabeth DeLoughrey, Eva Horn, Graham Huggan, Bernhard Malkmus, Mirko Bonné, Cornelia Lüdecke.

Date and location: 26 – 28 June 2014, LMU Munich
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