115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Film and History

Session Chair: 
Kenneth C. Hough, UC Santa Barbara and Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument
Session 6: Saturday 10 – 11:30 am
Henry 227
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  1. Andrea Schmidt, Willamette University
    In this paper, I argue that Austerlitz not only causes one to re-examine tourism at sites of trauma, memory, and mourning, but also calls attention to a form of “Holocaust tourism” represented in historical films themselves. The viewer desires access to the experience of the past, but one that can never be fully represented or contextualized. 
  2. Eric Brook, California Baptist University
    In his book The Greeks: A Portrait of Self and Others, Cambridge historian Paul Cartledge has persuasively argued that ancient Greek ethnic identity was informed by its contrast with what Greeks conceived of as "others," specifically "barbarian" others such as the Persians. My paper will explore how such a paradigm of self and other is represented in Zack Snyder's film 300.
  3. Elisabeth-Christine Muelsch, Angelo State University
    This paper focuses on the important role the Kaufman brothers played in the development of avant-garde film. In particular, I will focus on Dziga Vertov's (David Kaufman) film theory of Kino-glaz (Kino-eye), and Boris Kaufman's implementation of this theory in his own cinematography,all the while using French avant-garde lighting techniques.
Session Cancelled: