Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe


This conference is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Institute for Historical and Cultural Research at Oxford Brookes University, Wallflower Press and the Margaret Forrest Fund.

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

July 06 2006 to July 08 2006

Venue: Lincoln College, Oxford


Thursday, 6 July 2006

11.15 - Conference Registration
Lincoln College Conference Centre, Museum Road, Oxford

13.00 Welcome 

    Conference Organisers Daniela Berghahn, Oxford Brookes University, and Claudia Sternberg, University of Leeds

    Linda Fitzsimmons, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Oxford Brookes University

 13.20 - 14.45 Panel 1

1/A - Reframing Difference in European Migrant and Diasporic Cinema

  • Ayla Kanbur, Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey
    • Everyone is Migrant Who the Host is …
  • Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, University of Manchester, UK
    • Diasporic Yearning and a Little Bit of Freedom: On Kleine Freiheit and Fremde Haut, Melancholia and Queer Diasporas

1/B - Contact Zones of the Mediterranean

  • Verena Berger/Daniel Winkler, University of Vienna, Austria
    • ‘Clandestino’… Irregular Immigration in Contemporary French, Italian and Spanish Cinema
  • Sandra Ponzanesi, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    • Outlandish Cinema: Screening the Other in Italy
  • Penelope Papailias, University of Thessaly in Volos, Greece
    • Transnational Projections, Balkan Identifications: On the Filming and Screening of Constantine Giannaris’s Hostage (2005)

1/C    Queering the Diaspora

  • Filiz Cicek, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
    • Marginal Existence in Lola + Bilidikid (1999): Nationalism and Gender in Turkish-German Cinema
  • Rahul Gairola, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
    • Capitalist Houses, Queer Homes: Sexuality and Belonging in Stephen Frears’s and Hanif Kureishi’s My Beautiful Laundrette (1985)
  • Gilad Padva, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
    • Queering the Ethnic Comedy: Interracial Terms of Endearment in Ian Iqbal Rashid's A Touch of Pink (2004)

14.45-15.15 - Coffee

15.15 - 15.45 Plenary Presentation

  •     Kim Knott, Director of the AHRC Diasporas, Migration and Identities Programme, University of Leeds
    • The AHRC Diasporas, Migration and Identities Programme

15.45-16.45 - Plenary 1

  • Hamid Naficy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL,  USA
    • Accented Cinema and its Multiple Languages

16.55-17.45 - Panel 2

2/A - Migration/Remigration

  • Daniela Berghahn, Oxford Brookes University, UK
    • Searchers and Fugitives in the Films of Fatih Akin and Ferzan Özpetek
  • Enrica Capussotti, University of Siena, Italy
    • Going Back Home: Diasporic Cinema and Intercultural Public Spaces in Southern Europe

2/B - ‘Minor’ Destinations: The Diasporas of Belgium and Sweden

  • Philip Mosley, Pennsylvania State University, Dunmore, USA
    • Italian Immigrants to the Walloon Coal Regions: The Work of Paul Meyer and Loredana Bianconi
  • Anders Marklund, Lund University, Sweden
    • On the Swedish Filmmakers Colin Nutley and Josef Fares

20.30 - Film Screening (The Phoenix Picture House)

  • Ayse Polat (introduced by Asu Aksoy, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey)
  • Screening of En Garde (Germany, 2004)
  • Q & A with Ayse Polat

Friday, 7 July 2006

9.00-10.00 - Plenary 2

  • Deniz Göktürk, University of California, Berkeley, USA
    • Sound Bridges: Transnational Mobility as Ironic Melodrama

10.15-10.45 - Coffee

10.45-12.30 - Panel 3

3/A - The Cinemas of the Balkans and Eastern Europe

  • Irina Novikova, University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
    • Baltic Cinemas: Flashbacks In/Out the House
  • Nevena Dakovic, University of the Arts, Belgrade, SCG (Serbia and Montenegro)
    • Through a Glass Darkly: SCG ‘Migrant’ Cinema (2003-…)
  • Gareth Jones, University of Cambridge, UK
    • An Inner Exodus: The Trauma of Balkan Film
  • Dominique Nasta, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
    • A Romanian Filmmaker in and out of Exile: The Multi-faceted Radu Gabrea

3/B - Diasporas and Hybridity in French Cinema

  • Naïma Yahi, Maghreb Europe Institute, Paris 8 Saint Denis, France
    • From beur Cinema to banlieue Films: For a New Understanding of French Cinema, 1980-1995
    Carrie Tarr, Kingston University, UK
    • L’Esquive/The Dodge (2004): A Turning Point in beur Filmmaking?
  • Birgit Beumers, University of Bristol, UK
    • A French Georgia? The Screen Worlds of Otar Ioseliani and Gela Babluani
  • Lucy Mazdon, University of Southampton, UK
    • Identity and Belonging in the Films of Manuel Poirier

3/C The Cosmopolitan Auteur and the ‘New’ Europe

  • Michael Goddard, University of Lodz, Poland
    • Images without Frontiers: The Neo-Baroque Diasporic Cinema of Raul Ruiz
  • Barbara Giza, Warsaw School of Social Psychology, Poland
    • Artist, Stranger, Doomed Man: The Syndrome of Polish Roots in Roman Polanski's The Pianist (2002)
  • Adéle Nel, North-West University, Vanderbilpark, South Africa
    • Liminal Spaces of Loss and Emptiness in Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colours Trilogy (1993/94)
  • Giorgio Galbussera, City University of New York, USA
    • Incomplete Tales of Europe in Transit: Migrants in the Films of Michael Haneke

12.45-13.45 - Lunch

13.45 - 14.00 Daniela Berghahn and Claudia Sternberg

  •     The AHRC Project 'Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe'  

14.00-15.00 Plenary 3

  • Rob Burns, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
    • Turkish German Cinema: From Cultural Resistance to Transnational Cinema?

15.15-17.00 - Panel 4

4/A - Migration and Cinematic Culture(s)

  • Nirmal Puwar, Goldsmiths College, London, UK
    • Khabi Ritz, Khabie Palladium: South Asian Cinema in Coventry 1940-80 (Film and Q & A)
  • Claudia Sternberg, University of Leeds, UK
    • The Migrant at the Movies: The Metacinematic in Diasporic Film
  • Luisa Rivi, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
    • European Cinema as No Man’s Land?

4/B - Turkey and/in Europe

  • Zeliha Etöz, Ankara University, Turkey
    • Beyond Local Towards Universal: Fatih Akin's Movies
  • Elisabetta Girelli, Queen Mary, University of London, UK
    • Transnational Orientalism: Ferzan Özpetek’s Turkish Dream in Haman (1997)
  • Savas Arslan, Bahcesehir University, Istanbul, Turkey
    • A Nation in ‘Trans’: Questioning the Turkishness of the New ‘Turkish’ Cinema

4/C - Gendering the Diaspora

  • Binita Mehta, Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, USA
    • Fashioning Communities of Women in Postcolonial Britain and France: Gurinder Chadha’s Bhaji on the Beach (1993) and Colline Serreau’s Chaos (2001)
  • Angshuman Kar, University of Burdwan, Rajbati, West Bengal, India
    • Bend It like Beckham (2002): Negotiating Sacral Space and Integration
  • Sarah Artt, University of Edinburgh/Queen Margaret University College, UK
    • Artist or Prostitute? The Role of Dancing and the Dancer in Raja Amari's Red Stain/Satin Rouge (2002), Fatih Akin's Head On/Gegen die Wand and Mira Nair's Vanity Fair (2004)
  • Angelica Fenner, University of Toronto, Canada
    • Listening Relations and Historical Memory in Women’s Diasporic Documentaries

17.15-19.00 - AHRC Network Meeting [Network Members only]

19.30-20.15 - Reception hosted by Wallflower Press to mark the launch of the book Crossing New Europe: Postmodern Travel and the European Road Movie by Ewa Mazierska and Laura Rascaroli

20.15 - Conference Gala Dinner

Saturday, 8 July 2006

9.00-10.00 - Plenary 4

  • Dina Iordanova, University of St. Andrews, UK
    • Migration and Creative Convenience: Pragmatics of Belonging and Domicile

10.30-13.00 - Film Screening: The Phoenix Picture House

Pawel Pawlikowski (introduced by Seán Hand, University of Warwick, UK)

Screening, Last Resort (UK, 2000)
Q & A with Pawel Pawlikowski

13.30-14.30 - Lunch

14.45.-16.30 - Panel 5

Panel 5/A:  Journeys of Desire in the Films of Pawel Pawlikowski

  • Dorota Ostrowska, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
    • Pawel Pawlikowski's Journeys: Television, Cinema and Kinesthetics
  • Alice-Mihaela Bardan, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
    • Narrative Treatment and Empathy in Pawel Pawlikowski's Last Resort (2000)
  • Laura Rascaroli, National University of Ireland, Cork, Ireland
    • Off-Target Journeys: The Crisis of Home in Last Resort (2000) and Code Inconnu (2000)
  • Philip Drummond, University of California, Los Angeles, USA (London Programme)
    • Migration, Landscape and Identity in the Films of Pawel Pawlikowski

Panel 5/B - Transcultural Britain

  • Felix Thompson, University of Derby, UK
    • The Transnational Dimensions of British Cinema
  • Andrea Rinke, Kingston University, UK
    • British Bollywood: From Bhaji on the Beach (1993) to Bride and Prejudice (2004)
  • Amna Malik, Slade School of Art, University College London, UK
    • Isaac Julien’s Black Atlantic: A Reconsideration of Looking for Langston (1989) in Terms of Locational Identity

Panel 5/C  -  A Cinema of (Closed) Borders

  • Senta Siewert, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands 
    • Musical Border Crossings and Contemporary Identity Patterns
  • Polona Petek, University of Melbourne, Australia
    • Highways, Byways and Dead Ends: The Road Movie in Contemporary European Cinema
  • Bernhard Fuchs, University of Vienna, Austria
    • Representations of Irregular Migration in Austrian and German Cinema

End of Conference c. 16.30

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