The Resnais Archipelago Conference

Country: USA

City: Durham

Abstr. due: 15.12.2014

Dates: 29.10.15 — 31.10.15

Area Of Sciences: Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail:

Organizers: Duke University


Over six decades, French film director Alain Resnais (1922-2014) tirelessly explored new directions, forms, and genres, impacting on several generations of filmmakers in France and the rest of the world.
In their seminal monograph on Resnais (Alain Resnais: liaisons secrètes, accords vagabonds, Paris, 2006), Jean-Louis Leutrat and Suzanne Liandrat-Guigues draw on the image of the archipelago as a point of entry into Resnais’ oeuvre made out of multiple and scattered territories nevertheless linked together through a subterranean thread.
Our conference intends to (re)map the “Resnais archipelago” by tracing Resnais’ numerous legacies and sources of influences, and encourages submissions from different areas in the humanities and social sciences. It will also serve as a springboard for an edited collection of innovative essays on Resnais.
Keynote speakers will be Professors Suzanne Liandrat-Guigues (Université Vincennes à Saint-Denis-Paris 8), François Thomas (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3), and Steven Ungar (University of Iowa).  


The Program Committee encourages submissions within the following areas of Alain Resnais’ oeuvre, including, but not limited to the following topics:

Genres and influences: Genres and their boundaries; Resnais and America; Resnais and surrealism; realism and artificiality.

Cinema and the other arts: The graphic arts, comic strip and photography; architecture, the mapping of spaces and territories; theater, theatricality, and decors; Resnais and literature; the serial novel.

The art of narration/the art of the image: Uses of voice-over and soundtrack; frame and montage; polyphony and mosaic; the miniature/the scale-model.

History as material: Memory and the politics of remembrance; history and its traumas; temporal resurgences; uses and functions of fragments and archives.

Philosophical readings of Resnais: Temporal and spatial topologies; Resnais and utopia; Deleuzian approaches to Resnais; the brain and neurosciences.

Resnais cinéphile: Resnais and the French New Wave; silent film; cross-cultural perspectives on Resnais in national and international cinemas, especially Asian cinema; Resnais’ actors.

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