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Peripheries, Minorities and Taboos in the Films by Marcel Łoziński, Pál Schiffer and Želimir Žilnik

Périphéries, minorités et tabous dans les films de Marcel Łoziński, Pál Schiffer et Želimir Žilnik

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Published on Friday, April 09, 2021


The conference aims to study films directed by three acclaimed Central European and Balkanic documentary filmmakers who showed, through their filmic poetics, a special interest towards disqualified social groups. In parallel to the conference, multiple events will be held online: screenings, debates, masterclasses with Marcel Łoziński and Želimir Žilnik, tribute to Pál Schiffer, etc.


Online Conference and Parallel Events: 14-17 April

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Thursday 15 April 2021

  • 9:30-9:50 am  Introduction by Naïma Berkane & Mathieu Lericq (Sorbonne University)
  • 9:50-10:50 am  Inaugural keynote speech by Dina Iordanova (University of St Andrews, UK) Comrades, Commanders, Drifters and Deserters: The Humanism Of Central European Documentary?

Coffee break

11:00-1:30 am   Panel 1 Beyond The Limits Of The ‘Un-Represented World’: Realism In Question

  • Mikołaj Jazdon (Adam Mickiewicz University–Poznań, Poland) Impatient Eye. Marcel Łoziński vs. Kazimierz Karabasz or Two Different Documentary Methods and Approaches to Depicting Citizens of Poland of the 1960s and 1970s
  • Jarmo Valkola (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) Processing Audiovisual Memories and Visions. The Reflexive Realism of Pál Schiffer’s Films
  • François Niney (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 University, France) Marcel Łoziński’s Approach as Political Subversion from the Working Class Point of View
  • Sylvie Rollet (University of Poitiers, France) Eluding Territories and Identities: Politics of Cinematic Gaze in Želimir Žilnik’s Films

Discussant: Jean-Loup Bourget (ENS, France)

1:30-2:30 pm  Lunch break

2:30-4:00 pm Meeting

  • Realities Provoked: A Discussion between Marcel Łoziński and Želimir Žilnik
  • Moderated by Mathieu Lericq (Sorbonne University, France)

Coffee break

4:15-6:15 pm Panel 2 Towards Excluded Territories and Voiceless People: Critical Processes (Observation, Theatralization and Carnivalization)

  • Nevena Daković (University of Arts/Belgrade, Serbia) & Aleksandra  Milovanović (University of Arts/Belgrade, Serbia) From the Protest Memory Archive: Political Turmoil 1968-1996: Želimir Žilnik’s June Turmoil (1969) and Throwing off the Yolks of Bondage (1996)
  • Beja Margitházi (ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary) Voices of the ‘No Man’s Children’ of the Regime Change. Pál Schiffer’s Videoton Saga in the Nineties
  • Catherine Portuges (University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA) Pal Schiffer's Documentary Heritage 

Discussant: Dario Marchiori (Lyon 2 University, France)

General discussion

Friday 16 April 2021

10:00-11:30 am  Panel 3 Taboos And Engagement: Reversing the Signs of Exclusion

  • Vesi Vuković (University of Antwerp, Belgium) Yugoslav(i)a on the Margin: Sexual Taboos, Representation, Nation and Emancipation in Želimir Žilnik’s Early Works (1969)
  • Andrea Póc sik (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary) Passings to the Margin. Archival Knowledge Production: Revisiting the legacy of Pál Schiffer

Discussant: Teresa Castro (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 University, France)

11:30-1:00 Lunch break

1:00-3:00 pm  Panel 4 Witnesses and Micro-History: Contexts and Materials of Oppositional Knowledge

  • Raphaël Szöllösy (University of Strasbourg, France) The Republic of Dunapataj: On Magyar Stories (A Dunánál, 1988) of Bálint Magyar and Pál Schiffer
  • Jean-Yves Potel (Independant researcher) Marcel Łoziński’s 45-89 (1990) : Double Truths About Communism
  • Małgorzata Smorąg (Sorbonne University, France) Film and History. Re-Viewing ‘The Witnesses’ (1986) by Marcel Łoziński Through the Glance of Recent Works Dedicated to Kielce’s Pogrom. Chronology of a Memorial Issue

Discussant: Anne Madelain (INALCO, France)

Coffee break

3:15-5:15 pm Panel 5 Political Tactics and Filmic Strategies: Defining New Ethics Through Cinema

  • Sacha Markovic (Sorbonne University, France) Želimir Žilnik, the Black Wave and Tito’s Regime
  • Masha Shpolberg (University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA) Figures of Exile: Narrating the ‘March Emigration’
  • Eliza Rose (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, USA) Softening the Blow: Strategies of Self-Incrimination in the Films of Marcel Łoziński and Želimir Žilnik

Discussant: Nadège Ragaru (Sciences-Po, France)

5:15 pm Conclusion by Kristian Feigelson (Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 University, France) and general discussion


This international symposium is organized by Sorbonne Université (Eur’Orbem), in partnership with Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 (IRCAV), Université Aix-Marseille (LESA), INALCO (CREE) and the du documentaire à la Bpi (Centre Pompidou), Polish Institute in Paris, Hungarian Cultural Institute, Serbian Cultural Center, le Goethe-Institut Paris, Kino Visegrad.

Conference Team

  • Naïma Berkane (PhD candidate, Sorbonne Université, EUR’ORBEM)
  • Mathieu Lericq (Post-doc, Sorbonne Université, EUR’ORBEM)
  • Clara Royer (Senior lecturer, Sorbonne Université, EUR’ORBEM)

To Attend Online

Conference: https://univ-tlse2.zoom.us/j/99179059292?pwd=N3JtNUR0ZWpUVm53M2x0YTNocGRJQT09

Parallel events (masterclasses, screenings, roundtable etc.): https://univ-tlse2.zoom.us/j/96982671297?pwd=SjVpQ1NtdmJMWlJHZzByUktYY2dEQT09

Contact : margins.parisconference@gmail.com


  • Online Conference - 9 Rue Michelet
    Paris, France (75006)


  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • Friday, April 16, 2021
  • Saturday, April 17, 2021


  • margin, documentary cinema, social periphery, memory, taboo, history of Roma people, Jewish culture

Information source

  • Naïma Berkane
    courriel : naimaberkane [at] outlook [dot] fr


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« Picturing the Margings », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Friday, April 09, 2021, https://doi.org/10.58079/16ep

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