Film Studies Research Seminar: 'Contemporary Latin American Film and Visual Culture'

Posted by jcm22 at Apr 23, 2018 04:05 PM |
Wednesday 2 May 2018 - Presentations by Dr Ignacio Aguiló, Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies, University of Manchester, and Dr Clara Garavelli, Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Leicester.

Date: Wednesday 2 May 2018

Time: 4pm-6pm

Location: Attenborough Tower, room 206

All welcome!


Dr Ignacio Aguiló, Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies, University of Manchester

'Andean neo-kitsch': Rethinking transculturation in Latin America

In this presentation, I propose the category of ‘Andean neo-kitsch’ to discuss the emergence, in past years, of hybrid cultural expressions the Andean, are the outcome of the political and technological changes that have affected the region since the 2000s - particularly, the consolidation of indigenous activism and the impact of digital technology. In my presentation, I will argue that this ‘Andean neo-kitsch’ represents a new form of transculturation that cannot be solely explained by the existing Latin American Studies conceptual apparatus and requires rethinking established categories within the discipline.

Dr Clara Garavelli, Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Leicester

‘Contemporary Argentine Documentary Video-Installations on Memory’

Since the end of the military dictatorship in Argentina at the beginning of the 1980s, there has been a vast amount of cultural production devoted to raising awareness of the human rights abuses that occurred during those dark years. Whereas many of these productions have been widely studied, there are yet areas of study and works still waiting to be analysed and discussed. Such is the case of those productions located at the interstices of art and cinema: short experimental videos that employ documentary modes and do not recur to narrative structures. Their ways of dealing with the representation of violence and the traumatic past are partly connected with the proliferation of new technologies and with the growth of new ways of experiencing the moving image beyond the traditional film theatre. Bearing this in mind, this paper aims to briefly explore how the works of Graciela Taquini, Gabriela Golder, Julieta Hanono, Andrés Denegri, Alejandro Gómez Tolosa, Carlos Trilnick and Gustavo Galuppo explore new ways of dealing with memory and with the violence generated by the repressive past whilst attempting to challenge the traditional documentary mode.

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