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Refugee cinema: mediation and crisis

Calendar Wednesday, 1 December 2021
Calendar 16:00-17:15

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A webinar with guest speaker Dr Bruce Bennett (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts), run by the Transnational Cultural and Visual Studies research theme under the School-wide Responding to Crisis research theme at the School of Modern Languages.
This paper will discuss the ways in which cinema has responded to the refugee crisis, identifying some of the most common devices employed by filmmakers in representing refugee experience and the political and historical background to the present situation in which millions have been forcibly displaced around the globe. The paper will mention a number of examples, including the UK TV series Exodus, and asks whether these diverse texts, that range from horror films to TV sitcoms and NGO documentaries, can be understood to constitute a 'fugitive aesthetics'.

Dr Bruce Bennett is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts.  He has been commissioned by Oxford University Press to co-write a book on refugee cinema with his regular co-author, Professor Katarzyna Marciniak. This is currently in process and due for completion in 2023. His recent publications include:

•    Bruce Bennett, Cycling and Cinema (MIT 2019) 
•    Bruce Bennett, Katarzyna Marciniak, Guest editors, Aporias of Foreignness: Transnational Encounters in Cinema. Special issue of Transnational Cinemas. no. 1, vol. 9, 2018 
•    Bruce Bennett, Katarzyna Marciniak, eds. Teaching Transnational Cinema (Routledge 2016)

Event format
The event will take place online as a webinar and will not be recorded.

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The event will be delivered in the medium of English. You are welcome to ask questions in the medium of Welsh during the Q&A session. If you intend to do this, please contact by Wednesday 17 December to request simultaneous translation. Please note that 10% or more of those planning to attend will need to request this provision in order for it to be sourced and will be subject to resource availability.

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