First Fall Lectures: Robert Burgoyne (October 2–4)
On October 2, at 3 pm, the fall series of Re-Presenting the Past lectures will be launched by Professor Robert Burgoyne who will discuss embodiment in Kathryn Bigelow’s films.
October 2 | Film Hall – Konvikt | 3rd floor
ROBERT BURGOYNE – “SOMATIC WAR”
The figure of the body has long exerted a crucial influence on the perception of war. In the current period, however, a competing paradigm of war representation has emerged, defined as “war at a distance”; a war that is “bodiless “ and “hygienic”. Multiple war films reflect the tension between the two modes of cultural framing. In his lecture, Robert Burgoyne will focus on several recent films employing the figure of the body at risk; Paradise Now (2005), Letters from Iwo Jimy (2006), The Hurt Locker (2008) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012), contrasting them with depictions of war as a “battle of the screens”.
October 3 | Film Hall – Konvikt | 3rd floor
ZERO DARK THIRTY | KATHRYN BIGELOW | USA | 2012 | 157 min
Film screening with an introduction by Robert Burgoyne.
ROBERT BURGOYNE – THE VIOLATED BODY: AFFECTIVE EXPERIENCE AND SOMATIC INTENSITY IN ZERO DARK THIRTY
Zero Dark Thirty explores the concrete outlines of the new way of depicting violence between two paradigms; on one hand, there are the visible bodies of victims suffering from the physical and emotional effects of violence; on the other hand, there is the mode of “enchantment” represented by the aesthetic of war technology.
Robert Burgoyne is Head of the Department of Film Studies at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He deals primarily with the relation of film and history representation, with an emphasis on memory, embodiment and emotions in historical film. His recent publications include Generational Memory and Affect in “Letters from Iwo Jima”; The Hollywood Historical Film; and Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History: Revised Edition.