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Published on Monday, April 25, 2022

Abstract

Following T. W. Adorno’s definition of the essay as “the critical form par excellence; as immanent critique of intellectual constructions, as a confrontation of what they are with their concept, it is critique of ideology”, the essay film has constituted itself throughout its history as an audiovisual form for the expression and development of critical thinking, for questioning and problematising the discourses imposed on reality. This conference aims to analyse the production of critical thinking in the worldwide practice of the essay film, from an interdisciplinary perspective, considering a range of different approaches: film analysis, cinema history, cultural studies, reception theory, etc.

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Following T. W. Adorno’s definition of the essay as “the critical form par excellence; as immanent critique of intellectual constructions, as a confrontation of what they are with their concept, it is critique of ideology”, the essay film has constituted itself throughout its history as an audiovisual form for the expression and development of critical thinking, for questioning and problematising the discourses imposed on reality. The author's subjective reflection and his/her dialogical and dialectical relationship with the spectator, as an intrinsic element of the essay film, makes the latter a privileged space for the construction of critical thinking. Thus, the essayist generates an audiovisual reflection that, in turn, is challenged and completed by the audience.

The essay film, therefore, becomes an instigator of critical thinking in multiple fields: political, social, cultural, philosophical, artistic, intimate ... This conference aims to analyse the production of critical thinking in the worldwide practice of the essay film, from an interdisciplinary perspective, considering a range of different approaches: film analysis, cinema history, cultural studies, reception theory, etc. How does critical thinking materialise in the practice of essay films? What are the procedures for its construction? Can we outline its defining characteristics? What are the performative capacities of the essay film as critical thinking? What is its impact on society?

Programme

Jeudi 9 juin

09h00 – Accueil

09h30 – Présentation – José Moure, Lourdes Monterrubio Ibáñez (Institut ACTE)

Session 1

Discutant : José Moure 

  • 10h00 – Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork) – présentiel, Penny Siopis’s Stylo-caméra and the Subject of Cine-Writing

10h30 Discussion

10h45 Pause

Session 2

Discutante : Laura Rascaroli

  • 11h00 – Deane Williams (Monash University) – présentiel, The Australian Essay Film Tradition as Antipodean Critical Thinking
  • 11h30 – Samuel Lelièvre (EHESS – École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales) – visioconférence, Le film-essai à travers l’articulation entre idéologie et utopie : l’exemple desliens entre récit filmique et expérimentation chez Rivette

12h00 Discussion

12h30 Déjeuner

Session 3

Discutante : Lourdes Monterrubio Ibáñez

  • 14h00 – Cécile Sorin (Université Paris 8) – présentiel, La Rabbia de Pier Paolo Pasolini : essai poétique et politique
  • 14h30 – Alena Strohmaier (Philipps-Universität Marburg) – visioconférence, Protest | Film | Essay – On Cinematic Appropriation Processes of Videos from the Popular Uprisings in the MENA Region 2009-2011

15h00 Discussion

15h30 Pause

Session 4

Discutante : Cécile Sorin

  • 15h45 – Carolina Sourdis (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) – présentiel, Thinking through Fragments: Jonas Mekas on Montage, History and Experience.
  • 16h15 – Édouard Arnoldy (Université de Lille) visioconférence, « La carte postale au service de l’imaginaire ». Approches du film critique à travers  les écrits de Siegfried Kracauer et les films d’Éric Pauwels

16h45 – Discussion

Vendredi 10 juin

09h00 – Accueil

Session 5

Discutant : Deane Williams

  • 09h15 – Josep Maria Català (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) – visioconférence, News from Ideological Antiquity: Alexander Kluge, at the Limits of the Essay Film and Beyond
  • 09h45 – Lourdes Monterrubio Ibáñez (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) – présentiel, La pensée critique dans le film-essai francophone : entre cinéaste et spectateur·trice

10h15 – Discussion

10h45 Pause

Session 6

Discutante : Lourdes Monterrubio Ibáñez

  • 11h00 – Thanassis Vassiliou (Université de Poitiers) – présentiel, Ross McElwee et le rhizome. Réflexions sur les structures mouvantes du cinéaste
  • 11h30 – Fátima Chinita (Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa, ICNOVA) – visioconférence, Essayism as Authorial Self-Fashioning: Varda’s Late Cinematic Period

12h00 Discussion

12h30 Déjeuner

Session 7

Discutant : Thanassis Vassiliou

  • 14h00 – Bertrand Bacqué (Haute École d’Art et Design, HES-SO Génève) – présentiel, En remontant le temps avec Yervant Gianikian et Angela Ricci Lucchi
  • 14h30 – Paola Lagos Labbé (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universidad de Chile), présentiel , The “Hinge Image”: Proposal for an Exploration Device on David Perlov's Diary Essay Films

15h00 – Discussion

15h30 Pause

Session 8

Discutant : Bertrand Bacqué

  • 15h45 – Matthieu Péchénet (CEAC, Université de Lille) – présentiel, Le film-essai au défi des « temps difficiles » : témoignage, politique et historiographie critique dans Route One / USA (Robert Kramer, 1989)
  • 16h15 Renata Šukaitytė (Vilnius University, Lithuanian Culture Research Institute) visioconférence, Critical and Personal Revision of Lithuanian History in Women's Essayistic Narratives.

16h45 – Discussion

Information pratique

Une inscription préalable est requise sur https://www.edefproject.com/events ou en envoyant un courriel à lourdes.monterrubio-ibanez@univ-paris1.fr et en précisant si vous souhaitez assister en présentiel (une ou deux journées) ou en ligne.

Organisation

  • Lourdes Monterrubio Ibáñez

EDEF – Enuciative Devices of the European Francophone Essay Film

Institut ACTE – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Comité scientifique 

  • Josep Maria Català (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona),
  • Lourdes Monterrubio Ibáñez (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne),
  • José Moure (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne),
  • Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork).

Places

  • Salle 251 - Centre Saint-Charles, 47 rue des Bergers
    Paris, France (75015)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


Date(s)

  • Thursday, June 09, 2022
  • Friday, June 10, 2022

Keywords

  • film, essai, pensée critique

Contact(s)

  • Lourdes Monterrubio Ibáñez
    courriel : lourdes [dot] monterrubio-ibanez [at] univ-paris1 [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Lourdes Monterrubio Ibáñez
    courriel : lourdes [dot] monterrubio-ibanez [at] univ-paris1 [dot] fr

License

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To cite this announcement

« The Essay Film as Critical Thinking », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Monday, April 25, 2022, https://doi.org/10.58079/18qi

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