[csaa-forum] UNSW Seminar: Tues Oct 25: Gregory Flaxman

Christopher Danta c.danta at unsw.edu.au
Mon Oct 24 09:15:10 CST 2011

Seminar for the School of English, Media and Performing Arts, UNSW

Tues October 25, 4-5.30pm in the Robert Webster Building room G17

Assoc Prof. Gregory Flaxman, University of North Carolina

Offscreen and Out of Mind: The Future of Film Studies

While every discipline in the humanities worries about its future, film studies entertains a particular anxiety: today, the field confronts the possibility that it lacks a consistent object and a compelling reason. Behind the question of film studies looms the question of cinema itself, an aging techne, in the midst of new(er) media that lay claim to the image as their province and power. Why cinema? This talk contends that the reason to return to the cinema, far from consisting in the promise of an immersive spectacle, can be grasped in light (or lieu) of what the film effaces—the off-screen or what Gilles Deleuze calls the “outside of the image.”

Gregory Flaxman is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina. The editor of _The Brain is the Screen_ and author of the forthcoming _Gilles Deleuze and the Fabulation of Philosophy: Powers of the False, Vol. 1_ (University of Minnesota Press).

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