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SPRING 2015

Thursday, April 9, 2015
5:00 - 7:00PM in Smathers Library East 100

“Queer cinema and the Spaces of Europe”
Karl Schoonover (University of Warwick) and Rosalind Galt (King’s College London)

Abstract:
Queer cinema creates worlds. It intervenes in existing debates on the national, transnational and global as well as envisioning new modes of being in the world. This talk will explore how contemporary queer films are imagining Europe, and how dissident gender and sexual identities intersect with persistent questions of European politics, spaces, and identities. It will analyze border-crossing films (e.g. Dvojina, Unveiled, Edge of Heaven), considering how tropes of immigration and mobility articulate sexuality with race, nationality, and marginality within and outside the EU. In interrogating queer European cinema, it will consider both art films (She Male Snails, Wedding Song) and popular genres, such as the lesbian romcom (Stud Life, I Can’t Think Straight) and the gay road movie (Parade, Adventures of Felix). By examining a range of cinematic styles and genres, the talk will draw out queer cinema’s richly varied responses to debates on homonationalism, multiculturalism, and queer belonging in today’s Europe.

Karl Schoonover is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at the University of Warwick. He is the author of Brutal Vision: The Neorealist Body in Postwar Italian Cinema (Minnesota UP, 2012), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). He has published essays in numerous anthologies and in journals such as Art Journal, Cinema Journal, Framework, and Screen. His research interests include theories of cinematic time, the politics of film style, and the emergence of ‘world cinema’ as an institutional category.

Rosalind Galt is Reader in Film Studies at the King’s College London. She is the author of The New European Cinema: Redrawing the Map (Columbia UP, 2006) and Pretty: Film and the Decorative Image (Columbia UP, 2011), as well as coeditor of the collection Global Art Cinema: New Theories and Histories (Oxford UP, 2010). She has published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Screen, Cinema Journal and Discourse. Her research interests include the intersections of film theory and aesthetics, postwar world cinemas, and European avant-garde movements.

The lecture is co-sponsered by the Jean Monnet Chair and the European Union funded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the University of Florida,  the Waldo W. Neikirk Term Professorship, and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research.
For  questions, please contact Barbara Mennel at mennel@ufl.edu or Amie Kreppel at kreppel@ufl.edu.

 


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