History as Form: A Symposium on Theo Angelopoulos

When:28 Nov 2013, 9am - 5pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building
Who:Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia
Angelopoulos Symposium
Hosted by the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia

What separates us from yesterday is not a rift, but a change in position.
Alexander Kluge

History is not dead. It’s only having a nap.
Theo Angelopoulos

It has now been more than one year since the death of Theo Angelopoulos. This symposium has been organized as a celebration of the great European auteur, and its speakers will collectively explore the continuities and ruptures that define his oeuvre. Specifically, we are interested in Angelopoulos’ persistent belief in art cinema narration as a form of resistance. The symposium is therefore concerned with identifying the various ways that form and history engage one another. Its individual papers will discuss the historical dimension of form, the formal dimension of history, and the philosophical questions raised by Angelopoulos’ films.


Symposium Program

09.00-09.30  |  Tea and Coffee

09.30-11.30  |  Philosophy and Poetics

Chair: Lisa Trahair (UNSW)

Stephanie Hemelryk Donald (UNSW):
Landscape in the Mist: Encounters on the road - pensivity, contemplation and thinking aloud’.

Melanie Robson (UNSW):
‘Framing Historical Spaces: Coordinating framing, staging and the real in Theo Angelopoulos’ Landscape in the Mist’.

Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie University):
Angelopoulos’ Gaze: History, Memory, Cinema.

11:30-12:00  |  Tea/Coffee Break

12:00-14:00  |  Modernist Histories

Chair: Michelle Langford (UNSW)

Julian Murphet (UNSW):
‘Cinematography of the Group: Angelopoulos and the Collective Subject of Cinema’

Mark Steven (UNSW):
‘Tracks in the Eurozone: History and Prehistory in Theo Angelopoulos’.

Vrassidas Karalis (Sydney University):
‘The Aesthetics of Political Demystification in the Early Films of Theo Angelopoulos (1970-1980)’.

14:00 15:00  |  Lunch Break

15:00-17:00  |  Political Modernism

Chair: Tara Forrest (University of Technology Sydney)

Hamish Ford (Newcastle University):
‘From Antonioni to Angelopoulos: European Modernism’s Non-Linear Trajectory’.

Sam Dickson (Sydney University):
The Hunters as Political and Cinematic Allegory’.

Angelos Koutsourakis (UNSW):
‘The Gestus of Showing’: Brecht, Tableau and Early Cinema in The Days of ’36, Reconstruction and The Travelling Players.

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