CFP: *Critical May 68*

Submission deadline: February 28, 2018

Conference date(s):
May 29, 2018 - May 30, 2018

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Conference Venue:

CineLab, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Lisbon, Portugal

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*Critical May 68*

On the occasion of the 50 years of the ‘events of May’ we aim, with the International Symposium Cinema and Philosophy, to look at this particularly eventful historical period, and at the manifold philosophical, artistic and cinematographic encounters, researches and outputs of the period that are of substantial import for critical thinking today.

Decolonial wars, workers movements and the involvement of intellectuals; film collectives and militant films; auteurist and pedagogical films - the geopolitical cadre gave place to an expansive mobilization and to cultural, artistic and social forms of organization and work. This historical moment is fertile in discussions and research onto the relations between cinema, thinking and otherness, to ‘contest dominant culture’s continuities’ as Fredric Jameson noted. We are particularly interested in looking into the philosophical and critical thought that emerged at this moment, how it carried to filmmaking and its continued importance both methodologically and critically, today.

We welcome proposal that engage one or more of following subjects. These might engage: 

-       Critical theory and critical cinema

-       Image and performativity

-       Work, occupation and film

-       Collective filmmaking groups and auteurist cinema

-       Pedagogy, authority and censorship

-       Realism and mediation

-       Appropriation and archive of upheavals in contemporary art

-       Philosophy and militant film

Please send abstracts of between 250 and 300 words with a small biographical note (100 words) and to by 28 February 2018.  The working languages of the symposium will be Portuguese and English.

Notifications of acceptance will be given promptly after.

Following the symposium, we aim to produce a publication of essays on the subject.

The Symposium will be held in Lisbon 29 - 30 May 2018.

CineLab | IFILNOVA – FCSH- New University of Lisbon

Organizing committee:

Susana Mouzinho/ Giovanni Tusa/ Stefanie Baumann/ Diogo Nóbrega/ Maria Irene Aparício

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