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Contemporary Epistemologies of Moving Images: Graphs, Diagrams & Topographies



Duke University
415 Chapel Drive Durham, NC 27708
Durham, US 27708

April 6-8, 2023


Join us April 6-8 for the 4th edition of the Literature-Cinema Colloquium Series, “Contemporary Epistemologies of Moving Images: Graphs, Diagrams and Topographies,” that will take place online and in person at Duke University. This transatlantic conference is organized by the Center for French and Francophone Studies and The Amazon Lab at Duke, as well as the Université Paris-Cité (CERILAC and LARCA) and the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 (IRCAV).

The conference will include opening remarks by Fredric Jameson (Duke University) and a keynote speech by Rey Chow (Duke University), as well as six panels featuring papers by faculty and graduate students from Duke, Paris-Cité Université, Paris Sorbonne Nouvelle, and other universities across the U.S.

All events, including screenings of Jacques Perconte’s Avant l’effondrement du Mont Blanc (2020, 16mins) and Anouk De Clercq’s Thing (2013, 18 mins), will take place at the Rubenstein Arts Center and are free and open to the public.

Contemporary visual culture is marked by an exponential use of graphic images. Diagrams, charts, blueprints, maps, diverse forms of typography, graphs, models, X-rays, spectrograms: these images allow us to visualize what emerges from abstract data and knowledge, and thus grasp what otherwise evades our senses and ordinary perception. This colloquium will explore the methods, discursive and plastic, fictional and documentary, of data representation (visual and sound) in moving images. To do so, the focus will shift away from how films are developed—conceived and imagined—through the mimetic prism of reproducing reality, towards reflections on the image as a thought or thinking in images. This pluridisciplinary colloquium showcases a diversity of theoretical approaches: aesthetic, pragmatic, ecocriticism, decolonial theory, reception studies, etc.


Featuring opening remarks by Fredric Jameson (Duke University) and keynote by Rey Chow (Duke University), as well as papers by Pietro Bianchi (University of Florida), Kriss Ravetto (University of California, Los Angeles), Clémence Folléa (Université Paris-Cité), Jamille Pinheiro Dias (Duke University/University of London), Gustavo Furtado (Duke University), Jessica Doyle (Duke University), Tom Conley (Harvard University), Stéphanie Boulard (Georgia Institute of Technology), Martine Beugnet (Université Paris Cité, LARCA-CNRS), Elie Raufaste (Université Paris-Cité), Emmanuelle André (Université Paris-Cité), Anne-Gaëlle Saliot (Duke University), Cate Reilly (Duke University), Guillaume Soulez (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), Achille Castaldo (Emory University), Florian Body (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle), and Diego Ranz (Université Paris-Cité).

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