[csaa-forum] Public Lecture - Prefessor Michael Renov

Kirsten Stevens kirsten.e.stevens at gmail.com
Mon Sep 12 20:36:56 ACST 2016

*Professor Michael Renov Public Lecture*
You are warmly invited to attend a public lecture by internationally
renowned film scholar, Professor Michael Renov, titled  *"Documenting the
Arctic Sublime", *presented by the School of Media, Film and Journalism,
with thanks to the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation, Monash

*Date:* Monday,  19th September 2016

*Time: *4:30pm

*Place:* Lecture Theatre, H238, Level 2, Building H, Monash Caulfield Campus

*Enquiries to: *kirsten.stevens at monash.edu

This talk examines how the notion of the sublime has come to be so strongly
associated with human encounters with the far north while offering a
framework – historical and conceptual – for understanding the documentative
urge that has arisen from and is tied up with those encounters. If the
category of the sublime is most associated with 19th century European
romanticism and the writings of Burke, Kant, Wordsworth and Coleridge, how,
this talk asks, does the mixture of awe, rapture and terror associated with
that term come to have a particular connection to the experience and
representation of the far north? This talk maps out this notion of the
arctic sublime as a quite specific context for an instance of what I have
elsewhere called “documentary desire,” that unquenchable drive to record
and meditate on the sounds and images of the world. To that end I sketch
out the role of artists, photographers, filmmakers and videographers as
agents of an Arctic-based documentative urge culminating in a brief look at
one film, *Skagafjörður* (2002-2004), produced by American experimental
filmmaker Peter Hutton.

*Michael Renov * is the Haskell Wexler Chair in Documentary and Vice Dean
for Academic Affairs in the USC School of Cinematic Arts.  He is the author
of *Hollywood's Wartime Woman: Representation and Ideology* and *The
Subject of Documentary*, editor of *Theorizing Documentary*, and co-editor
of *Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices*, *Collecting Visible
Evidence*, *The SAGE Handbook of Film Studies* and *Cinema’s Alchemist: The
Films of Peter Forgacs. *

He is at Monash as an ACJC Dr Jan Randa Visiting Scholarto participate in

Rethinking Holocaust Paradigms - Dr Jan Randa Aftermath Conference 2016

Dr Kirsten Stevens
Teaching Associate
Research Assistant
Film and Screen Studies

School of Media, Film and Journalism
Monash University
Caulfield East
VIC 3145, Australia
Ph. 61 438 288 567

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, and Elders past and present,
of all the lands on which Monash University operates.
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