116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Cinema and Contemporary War

Session Chair: 
Shabnam Piryaei, San Francisco State University
Session 9: Sunday 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Miller Hall 138


  1. Sandra Medina, Rutgers University
    The Colombian films Alias María (2015) and Oscuro animal (2016) depicts the violence perpetrated by the armed groups through stories of abuse, torture, and rape. These two film questions femininity, specifically motherhood. Mary Ann Doane’s interpretation of a woman’s “disease,” and Judith Butler’s conception on sex and gender will inform my presentation.
  2. Kenneth Fleming, American University
    This paper investigates cinematic depictions of national trauma that are used as tools to reinforce a contemporary popular ideological narrative. To illustrate, it focuses on Michael Bay’s 13 Hours within the context of its release to identify how the film infers its truth claims and elevates historical moments to an allegorical representation of ideological conflict.
  3. Kristen Tregar, University of California, San Diego
    In recent years, non-human animals have become increasingly visible in war films, such as War Horse (2011), Max (2015), and Megan Leavey (2017). When considered through the lens of posthuman performativity, the empathetic connection between the animals on screen and the viewer allows for exploration of military conflict in ways that would remain elusive with strictly human soldiers.
Session Cancelled: