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Assistant / Associate Professor – Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies  -  1300848

Tenure Stream
Faculty of Arts and Science; University College; St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Closing: November 1, 2013


University College at the University of Toronto invites applications for the Richard Charles Lee Chair in Chinese Canadian Studies, a tenure-stream position at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor.  The appointment will begin on July 1, 2014, by which time the successful candidate must hold a Ph.D.

The Richard Charles Lee Chair is open to scholars in Chinese Canadian Studies in a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in and commitment to

research and teaching in an interdisciplinary environment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The Richard Charles Lee Chair will be expected to teach a range of courses in University College’s Canadian Studies Program and to take a lead role in developing the recently launched Asian Canadian Studies Minor. In addition, her or his teaching and research will be expected to draw upon and expand the already strong existing partnerships with Chinese and Asian communities in Toronto. 

The successful candidate will be offered a graduate appointment in one of the Departments of Anthropology, Art, English, History, Political Science, Religion, or Sociology, or in the Cinema Studies Institute or the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies.  He or she will participate in teaching and supervision in the graduate unit. 

The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto has both a collegiate and departmental structure.  University College is the founding college of the University and has a long-standing commitment to challenging its diverse body of over 4200 undergraduate students to excel intellectually and to preparing them to engage in the wider world.  In addition to the Canadian Studies Program, University College sponsors two other interdisciplinary undergraduate programs – Cognitive Science and Health Studies – and is affiliated with the Drama Centre and the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by visiting: Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a sample of academic writing, and a statement outlining current and future research interests. If you have questions about this position, please contact All application materials should be submitted online.

The U of T application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two clearly labelled files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at: 

Applicants at the associate professor level should provide us with the names of at least three referees whom we should contact for letters in support of your application.  Applicants at the assistant professor level should ask at least three referees to send letters directly to the College via e-mail to

This address may also be used to send additional documents that cannot be accommodated using the online application system.

To ensure full consideration, all application materials should be received by November 1, 2013.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan areas in the world. For more information about University College, please visit; for the Canadian Studies Program, please visit

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


This letter was prepared by Dr. Paul Moore (President, FSAC), Associate Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto on behalf of the membership of the Film Studies Association of Canada in response to the recent arrest of Canadians John Greyson, filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, MD, in Egypt.

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21 August 2013

John Baird, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs (<>)
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada (<>)
Wael Aboul-Magd, Egyptian Ambassador to Canada (<>)

I urge the Government of Canada to continue to assist in securing the safety and immediate release of Canadians John Greyson, filmmaker and professor, and Tarek Loubani, MD, who were arrested in Egypt on August 16th. We are grateful for Canadian diplomacy done to date, and urge the continuation of these efforts.

Award-winning Toronto filmmaker, writer, and educator, John Greyson, is a Professor at York University in the Department of Film. Dr. Loubani is an emergency physician at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) and a member of Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. He has worked extensively to provide volunteer medical care in conflict situations internationally and for refugees in Canada.

Professor Greyson and Dr. Loubani were travelling to the Gaza Strip, where they are working on an international academic and medical collaboration between the University of Western Ontario and the main hospital in the Gaza Strip, the al-Shifa hospital. They arrived in Egypt on August 15th, and were held up from crossing into Gaza due to the conflict in Egypt. On the afternoon of Friday, August 16th, their contact in Canada received a call from Dr. Loubani, stating that: “we are being arrested by Egyptian police.”

They are being held in a Cairo prison and charges against them have not been communicated to consular officials working on this case. Colleagues and family are extremely worried for their safety.

Conditions in Egypt are extremely dangerous with accounts of widespread military and police violence. According to Amnesty International “unprecedented levels of violence have left more than 600 dead in Egypt”, further Amnesty also notes a “pattern of excessive and unwarranted lethal force used by the Egyptian authorities since the 25 January revolution”. More than 4,000 people have been injured in recent days.

As President of the Film Studies Association of Canada, on behalf of the Executive and representing more than 200 scholars and colleagues of Greyson’s, I call for continued consular intervention to ascertain the conditions of him and Dr. Loubani and to secure their safety and immediate release. Our thoughts are with them in light of the many people in Egypt who have been recently arrested, beaten and killed.

Paul Moore, President/ Président
Film Studies Association of Canada
Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques
le 21 août 2013

À l’attention de:
John Baird, Ministre des Affaires étrangères
Stephen Harper, Premier ministre du Canada
Wael Aboul-Magd, Ambassadeur de l’Égypte au Canada

J’exhorte le gouvernement du Canada à continuer de travailler à la sécurité et la libération immédiate des Canadiens John Greyson, cinéaste et professeur et Tarek Loubani, Md, qui ont été arrêté en Égypte le 16 août dernier. Nous sommes reconnaissants des procédures diplomatiques du Canada jusqu’à maintenant et nous insistons pour que les efforts diplomatiques continuent dans cette lancée.

Lauréat de plusieurs prix, le cinéaste et professeur John Greyson est un enseignant à l’Université York dans le département de cinéma. Dr. Loubani est un professeur en médecine de l’urgence à l’University of Western Ontario et un membre du Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care. Il a travaillé bénévolement pour fournir des soins médicaux dans des situations de conflits à l’international et a aussi octroyé des soins à des réfugiés au Canada.

Le professeur Greyson et le Dr. Loubani voyageaient vers la bande de Gaza où ils travaillaient en collaboration avec l’University of Western Ontario et le principal hôpital de la bande de Gaza, le al-Shifa, sur un projet international. Ils sont arrivés en Égypte le 15 août et n’ont pas pu se rendre à la bande de Gaza dû au conflit en Égypte. Dans l’après-midi du vendredi 16 août, leur personne-ressource au Canada a reçu un appel du Dr. Loubani qui disait : « Nous avons été arrêtés par la police Égyptienne. »

Ils sont présentement retenus dans une prison du Caire et les charges contre eux n’ont pas été communiquées aux officiels consulaires en charge de ce dossier. Les collègues et les familles sont extrêmement inquiètes pour leur sécurité.

Les conditions actuelles en Égypte sont extrêmement dangereuses avec toute cette violence militaire et policière. Selon Amnistie Internationale : « un niveau jamais égalé de violence a fait plus de 600 morts en Égypte (unprecedented levels of violence have left more than 600 dead in Egypt) ». Amnistie note aussi : « une présence de force excessive et meurtrière utilisée par les autorités Égyptiennes depuis la révolution du 25 janvier (pattern of excessive and unwarranted lethal force used by the Egyptian authorities since the 25 January revolution) ». Plus de 4 000 personnes ont été blessées dans les derniers jours.

En tant que président de l’Association d’études cinématographiques du Canada, je représente plus de 200 collègues du professeur Greyson, je demande une intervention continue du gouvernement canadien pour connaître la condition, assurer la sécurité et la libération du professeur Greyson et du Dr. Loubani. Nos pensées sont avec eux, ainsi qu’avec les nombreux Égyptiens qui ont été récemment arrêtés, battus et tués.

Paul Moore, Président

Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques
Film Studies Association of Canada


First International Conference in Film Studies

Tbilisi, Georgia, November 1-3, 2013

Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University announces the First International Conference in Film Studies. The topic of the conference is “Georgian Film: Present and Past”. We invite all scholars in film studies and other related fields to submit their proposals.

There is no registration fee. The language of the conference is English. Participants will cover their own expenses for travel and accommodation.

Please send your 300-word proposal by e-mail to Dr. Prof. Zviad Dolidze at

Deadline for proposals: September 3, 2013.


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: Media Studies/Digital Culture

The Department of Culture and Language Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. The start date of the position is July 1, 2014, subject to final budgetary approval.

We seek a candidate with a strong background in the study of media, technology, and culture, preferably one whose work crosses traditional boundaries between the humanities, social sciences and arts. Each of the programs in the Department of Culture and Language Studies engages students by placing art, literature and media in cultural context. The successful candidate’s research and teaching areas should strengthen these ties between our growing program and the department’s other programs in film studies and/or world literatures and cultures. An active research agenda in media studies, popular culture studies, cyberculture studies, digital humanities, music and technology, digital game studies, or the history and/or political economy of media & new media would be welcomed, as would some familiarity with current digital technologies.

Completion of a PhD and evidence of excellent teaching and research abilities are required. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses focusing on their area(s) of specialization, as well as core courses in the Media Arts & Cultures program (including Popular Culture and Digital Culture). (S)he will be expected to develop a course in approaches to the interdisciplinary study of culture, and will have the opportunity to contribute actively to shaping the future of media studies and film studies at UNB and to assist in developing our department’s unique combination of media, culture and language studies into a centre of research and teaching excellence in Atlantic Canada.

The Department of Culture and Language Studies at UNB houses a variety of specialists in languages, literatures, music, media and cultures. We are dedicated to the teaching of cultural literacy, which can best be achieved through the long-term development of linguistic competence and the study of literary and media texts in their social and cultural contexts. In the spirit of diversity and understanding, we are committed to our students, to the exploration of innovative teaching and research modes that draw upon common interests among our languages and disciplines, and to the strengthening of our links to the greater academic community and the community at large. The Media Arts & Cultures program has three essential components: critical, creative and technical. The first places the study of the media in an intellectual and social context. The second encourages the student to develop creatively as an individual. The third aspect of the degree seeks to ensure that the student has an appropriate level of competence with recent digital media technology.

Candidates should forward (electronically) a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier with summaries of course evaluations and course outlines, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent to:


Dr. Anette Guse, Chair
Culture and Language Studies
UNB Fredericton


Closing Date for Applications: Sept. 30, 2013 or until a suitable candidate is found.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Applicants should indicate current citizenship status.



Canadian Journal of Film Studies is Now Accepting Proposals from Prospective Editors.

La Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques accepte maintenant les propositions de futurs directeurs de publication.

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Canada’s leading academic peer-reviewed film journal, CJFS has published bi-annually since launching in 1990. With 23.1, the co-editorship of Catherine Russell and Charles Acland comes to end. The editorial board is exceedingly grateful to Charles and Catherine for their service and would like to thank them, along with their editorial assistants and Concordia University. During their term of service, CJFS reached new heights in design, scholarly content, and readership. We are eager to follow this excellence with a new editor or editorial team whose responsibilities will begin June 1, 2014.

Responsibilities. The Journal publishes two issues a year, and the Editor is responsible for administering the process by which their contents are received, reviewed, and prepared for publication. The Editor is responsible for overseeing the content, design and production of the Journal. In addition, the Editor collaborates with the Editorial Board in the preparation and establishment of policy and procedures concerning all operations ofthe Journal.

Applications for the position should be received by the Managing Editor September 1, 2013 and include the following:
1. Statement of Institutional Resources. CJFS’s host institution is responsible for providing office space and furnishings, as well as telephone and fax, postal service, photocopying, computing facilities, availability of student or other editorial assistance, as well as other available subventions. Please provide a description of the level of support that your institution is willing to provide.
2. Curriculum Vitae. Please enclose a current CV and a letter clearly outlining qualifications and pertinent experience. If you are proposing a co-editorship, please enclose a CV for each prospective editor. Please include any details regarding your ability or plans to manage and promote the bilingual features of the journal. The new editor’s (or editors’) term will begin in June 1, 2014 with several months set aside for an overlap of the duties with the editor to ensure a smooth transition. It is expected that the transition of the journal’s editorial office from Concordia to its new home will be completed by summer 2014.
3. Statement of editorial philosophy. Please provide a brief letter outlining your editorial vision for CJFS and any other intellectual, pedagogical or scholarly rationales for your suitability for this position.

Please submit all proposals to:
Dr. Lisa Coulthard, CJFS Managing Editor and Chair of the Editorial Board
Department of Theatre and Film
University of British Columbia
6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC

La Revue canadienne d’études cinématographiques accepte maintenant
les propositions de futurs directeurs de publication.

Revue canadienne de pointe, évaluée par les pairs et dédiée aux études cinématographiques, la RCÉC a publié deux numéros par année depuis son lancement en 1990. Avec le numéro 23.1, la direction de publication assurée par Catherine Russell et Charles Acland arrive à son terme. Le comité éditorial est infiniment reconnaissant du travail de Charles et Catherine et tient à les remercier de même que leurs assistants de l’Université Concordia. Au long de leur mandat, la RCÉC a atteint de nouveaux sommets tant par sa conception graphique que par la qualité de ses articles et le volume de son lectorat. Nous désirons vivement perpétuer ce seuil d’excellence avec une nouvelle direction qui devra entrer en fonction le premier juin 2014.

Responsabilités. La revue publie deux numéros par année et le directeur est responsable de l’administration du processus par lequel les articles sont reçus, évalués et préparés pour publication. Le directeur est responsable du contenu, de la conception graphique et de la production de la revue. De plus, il collabore avec le comité de rédaction en adoptant des politiques et en établissant des pratiques qui touchent à toutes les opérations de la revue.

Les candidatures doivent parvenir à la secrétaire de rédaction avant le premier septembre 2013 et doivent inclure les éléments suivants:

1- Une déclaration de ressources institutionnelles. L’institution hôte de la RCÉC a la responsabilité de fournir un espace de travail et le mobilier de bureau, un téléphone, les services postaux, de photocopies et de télécopie, les ressources informatiques, une main d’œuvre étudiante ou autres assistants de publication. Elle doit aussi pouvoir procurer toute subvention supplémentaire disponible. Prière de bien vouloir fournir une description du niveau d’aide que votre université est prête à accorder.
2- Curriculum Vitae. Prière de joindre votre CV ainsi qu’une lettre qui met en valeur de façon précise les qualifications et l’expérience pertinente. Si vous proposez une codirection, joignez un CV pour chaque directeur de publication potentiel. Veuillez bien inclure le détail de vos aptitudes et de vos projets en ce qui concerne le bilinguisme qui caractérise la revue. Le mandat du nouveau directeur (ou directeurs) débutera le 1er juin 2014 et, pour assurer une transition souple, plusieurs mois de chevauchement des tâches sont prévus. Nous nous attendons à ce que la transition des bureaux de l’Université Concordia au nouvel emplacement soit complétée à l’été 2014.
3-Une déclaration de ligne éditoriale. Bien vouloir fournir une brève lettre précisant la politique éditoriale que vous désirez adopter pour la RCÉC ou tout autre argument pédagogique, théorique ou académique témoignant de vos aptitudes pour le poste.

Prière de soumettre vos propositions à :
Dr. Lisa Coulthard, secrétaire de rédaction et présidente du comité de publication
Department of Theatre and Film
University of British Columbia
6354 Crescent Road, Vancouver, BC


The Soundtrack journal is soliciting calls for a special issue devoted to sound and music in games. How is the soundtrack of games similar to or different from that of film or other time-based image? What new approaches to loop-based composition have been developed? How does sound scale, from smart phone game apps to immersive home environments? What are the implications for pedagogy, when sound design programs have traditionally been developed in relation to film and video? These and other questions are fair game for this special themed issue.

The Soundtrack is a multi-disciplinary journal which brings together research in the area of sound and music in relation to moving image. We are calling for articles from a range of approaches – theoretical, historical, industrial, aesthetic or technological – that fit the theme of ‘Game Sound and Music.’ Professional sound designers and composers are also invited to submit.

Contributions (5000–6000 words for major papers, 1000–3000 words for reviews and shorter articles) should include original work of a research or developmental nature and/or proposed new methods or ideas that are clearly and thoroughly presented and argued. We also welcome relevant book reviews and artist statements (up to 1000 words). Articles should be formatted according to the Intellect Style Guide, which can be downloaded from:,name=journalresources/

Submissions should be submitted as Word files, and include abstract, keywords and short bio, references in Harvard format, endnotes rather than footnotes, and emailed to

Deadline for submissions: June 1st 2013


FSAC 15th Annual Graduate Student Colloquium

CALL FOR PAPERS: Transitions and Translations: New Approaches to the Moving Image

Hosted by Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University

Montréal, Québec

March 1-2, 2013


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The ever-increasing mobility of film and moving images within contemporary digital technologies are leading to their reexamination in disciplines as varied as art history, communications, media studies, cultural studies, and film studies. As moving images splinter and scurry onto innumerable platforms that cross all national borders, we chase these objects of scholarly investigation across disciplinary boundaries and theoretical frameworks in our attempts to conceptualize these historical transitions of media forms and the questions they raise.  This contemporary shift has reignited scholarly interests in the very notions of transition and translation, prompting new investigations into film history, theory, aesthetics, and the very discipline of film studies.  The 15th Annual FSAC Colloquium invites contributions from graduate students testing new approaches towards these moments of transition and objects of change.

Possible topics could include but are not limited to:

  • Global networks of circulation
  • Movement across media platforms
  • Technological shifts in historical context
  • Non-theatrical exhibition
  • Film Festivals
  • Experimental and avant-garde cinemas
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to Film Studies
  • Globalization and media
  • Archives and the digital age
  • Multimedia and digital research practices
  • Liminality and in-betweenness
  • Gender transgression in film and media
  • Translation and subtitling practices
  • Ephemeral media
  • Imaging technologies in scientific practice
  • Media and the changing public sphere
  • Remixes and remakes
  • Paradigms shifts within film and media theory

Submissions are invited in both English and French from graduate students (MA, MFA, and PhD) in film, media, and television studies or in other disciplines with research focused on visual culture and the moving image.  Please submit an abstract (300 words maximum) and the title of your presentation; be sure to include your name, degree and academic affiliation.

Abstracts should be sent to:  Please include “FSAC Transitions and Translations” as the subject of the email and include the abstract as an attachment in either Word, Rich-Text, or PDF format.

Abstracts must be submitted by December 5, 2012.

Notices of acceptance will be sent by early January 2013.


For more information, go to:


The Transitions and Translations Colloquium will be coordinated and supported by the Department of Film Studies, the Department of Communication Studies, and the Humanities Doctoral Program at Concordia University, in cooperation with the Film Studies Association of Canada.


15e Colloque annuel de l’ACÉC pour les étudiants des cycles supérieurs

APPEL À PROPOSITIONS : Transitions et traductions: nouvelles approches de l’image en mouvement

Organisé par l’école de cinéma Mel Hoppenheim de l’Université Concordia

Montréal, Québec
Le 1er et 2 mars 2013

La mobilité toujours plus grande des films et de l’image en mouvement au sein des technologies numériques contemporaines mène à une reconsidération et une réécriture de celles-ci à travers des disciplines aussi variées que l’histoire de l’art, les études des médias, les études culturelles et les études cinématographiques. Alors que l’image en mouvement vole en éclats et qu’elle se précipite sur de très nombreuses plateformes qui transcendent les frontières nationales, nous cherchons ces sujets de recherches universitaires qui vont au-delà des limites des disciplines et des cadres théoriques et qui tentent de conceptualiser ces transitions historiques et formelles des médias et les questions qu’elles soulèvent. Ce changement a ravivé les intérêts académiques au sein même du domaine des études cinématographiques, de son histoire, de sa théorie et de son l’esthétique. Le 15e Colloque annuel de l’ACÉC sollicite des propositions de communications des étudiants des cycles supérieurs qui s’intéressent à ces moments de transition et à ces objets en changement et qui proposent de nouvelles approches par rapport à ceux-ci.

Les contributions peuvent, mais ne doivent pas nécessairement, aborder les sujets suivants:

  • les réseaux de circulation mondiaux
  • les mouvements entre les différentes plateformes médiatiques
  • les changements technologiques dans un contexte historique
  • la diffusion hors des salles de cinéma
  • les festivals de cinéma
  • les cinémas expérimentaux et d’avant-garde
  • les approches interdisciplinaires du cinéma
  • les médias et la mondialisation
  • les archives et l’ère du numérique
  • les multimédias et les recherches pratiques sur le numérique
  • le liminal et l’entre-deux
  • les transgressions du «gender» dans les films et les médias
  • la traduction et les sous-titres
  • les médias éphémères
  • l’imagerie des technologies dans les pratiques scientifiques
  • les remix et les remakes
  • les changements de paradigmes dans les théories du cinéma et des médias

Les étudiants des cycles supérieurs (maîtrise ou doctorat) en études cinématographiques et médiatiques, en études télévisuelles ou toute autre discipline dont la recherche porte sur la culture visuelle et à l’image en mouvement sont invités à envoyer leurs propositions de communications en français ou en anglais. Veuillez soumettre un résumé (300 mots maximum) et le titre de votre présentation. Assurez-vous également d’inscrire votre nom, votre diplôme et votre affiliation universitaire.

Merci de faire parvenir votre proposition à l’adresse suivante, en indiquant « ACÉC transitions et traductions » en objet de votre courriel, et de joindre votre propositon en format Word, Rich-Text ou PDF.


La date limite pour soumettre votre proposition est le 5 décembre 2012.

Les avis d’acceptation seront envoyés début janvier 2013.


Pour plus d’information :


Le colloque « transitions et traductions » sera coordonné et soutenu par le Department of Film Studies, le Department of Communication Studies, et l’Humanities Doctoral Program de l’Université Concordia, en coopération avec l’Association canadienne d’études cinématographiques.


Broadcasting Taste:  The Emergence of Popular Film Criticism on English-Canadian Radio

Zoë Constantinides

The Gerald Pratley Award address for 2013 will consider the history of film criticism on English-Canadian radio, from the CBC’s appointment of Gerald Pratley himself as resident film critic in 1948 to the proliferation of critics on commercial and community radio and, recently, in do-it-yourself podcasts. The employment of Pratley as a professional critic formalized the presence of film discourse on the radio and helped establish the importance of cinema as a national cultural pursuit. Continuedchanges in the vocation and status of the film critic prompt investigation into this figure’s ambivalent place in the cultural landscape, adjacent to the academy, at some remove from the industry, and in uneasy dialogue with moviegoers. Operating variously in local, regional, national, and global registers, critics on the radio articulate salient notions of a Canadian cinema community to a broad, non-specialized audience. This talk will map the occupations and preoccupations of popular critics—at once celebrated tastemakers and dubious authorities—across a range of familiar and unexpected sites of national and transnational cinema culture.


Zoë Constantinides is a PhD Candidate in Communication Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. Her research interests include media history, cultural policy, and media piracy. Her doctoral research investigates forms of popular film discourse and the role of critics in Canadian cinema culture. She teaches media studies in the Humanities Department at Champlain College – Lennoxville.


Le Prix Gerald Pratley fut créé en 1991 pour honorer la contribution de M. Pratley à l’avancement des études cinématographiques canadiennes. L’Association sollicite des candidatures soumises par des étudiants des cycles supérieurs (maîtrise ou doctorat) ayant un excellent dossier académique et dont les recherches permettront d’améliorer les connaissances sur le cinéma canadien/québécois au Canada ou à l’étranger.


The Gerald Pratley Award was established in 1991 in tribute to Mr. Pratley‘s contribution to the advancement of Canadian film studies. The Association invites applications from Honours and Graduate students (MA or PhD) undertaking innovative research in cinema studies that will contribute to the understanding of Canadian/Québec cinema both within this country and elsewhere.


Exemplarity and Film

Silvestra Mariniello

« In the final analysis the series of data which a man produces as such, as reality that represents itself and acts, is called anexample, and this is the difference between the language of natural reality and the language of human reality. The first only produces data; the second, along with the data, also produces an example. Audiovisual techniques capture man in the act in which he gives the example (willing or not). »                         Pasolini, The End of the Avant-Garde (1966).


From Pasolini’s remarks on exemplarity in this 1966 essay, as well as from Hanna Arendt’s philosophy of action as developed in The Human Condition, I will investigate how rhetoric distinguishes between two kinds of examples (exemplum), both also belonging in film: 1) the discursive one: a particular narrative genre, one of the three discursive devices of persuasion, “the figure that most clearly and explicitly attempts to shore up the inside of discourse by gesturing toward its outside, toward some commonly recognized basis in a reality shared by speaker and listener, reader and writer” as Lyons puts it; 2) the exemplary individual. My research thus explores, with reference to different films, the point where the two exempla converge and the exemplary individual in film attracts the viewer in his/her sphere of action. Through montage, sound, rhythm, acting, light, depth of field, camera angles and movements, an encounter (Deleuze) becomes possible with the Other (character/actor) when we see his/her face (Lévinas, Butler) and his/her example inspires us. In fact what interests me the most, and what will be at the core of my paper, is the nature of action, the ways of representing and reproducing action, the cinematographic mediation of action and agency (P.P. Pasolini, S. Cavell) in order to understand why and how action becomes exemplary, attracts the viewer into its sphere (Bergson). Focusing on the audiovisual “writing” of action, should allow us to address positive as well as negative exemplarity. Finally in the last part of my talk I would like to open up toward another part of my research dealing with the exemplarity of film itself, no longer the exemplarity in film, but of film. Because of its way of looking and because it imposes a way of looking, film would be exemplary of the age that generated it and which, at the same time, was generated by it. (Casetti, Ishaghpour, Godard).


Silvestra Mariniello is Professor at the Université de Montréal in the Department of Art History and Film Studies, where she has served as director of the Research Center on Intermediality.  She has published several articles and a book on Pasolini. She has recently co-edited two volumes, L’électricité. Déployement d’un paradigme, which is forthcoming at the University of Ottawa Press, and Appareils et intermédialité, published in 2007 by L’Harmattan. Her latest essay is “Changer de table d’opération” for the Mexican journal Acta Poetica. Other titles include: “L’écoute de l’ange” on Wim Wenders; “Devenir et opacité dans Un thé au Sahara de Bernardo Bertolucci”; “La voix et la parole”; “La litéracie de la différence”; and “Médiation et responsabilité.”


The Martin Walsh Memorial Lecture

FSAC-ACÉC was founded in 1976 by a group of university professors dedicated to “foster and advance the study of the history and art of film and related fields” in Canada. Among them was Martin Walsh, in whose honour the annual Martin Walsh Memorial Lecture is named. A British expatriate who taught film studies at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Walsh was a scholar of avant-garde practices who wrote The Brechtian Aspect of Radical Cinema, published posthumously under the editorship of Keith M. Griffiths (London: BFI, 1981). He was also the first President of the Film Studies Association of Ontario (FSAC-ACÉC’s precursor), and an enthusiastic contributor to the original Take One magazine. Like his friend, the artist Greg Curnoe, he was a member of the London Centennial Wheelers, and in 1977 he died tragically in a road accident. In 1978 the Martin Walsh Memorial Lecture was inaugurated by Walsh’s colleagues and friends to commemorate his life and work. Each year an internationally recognized film scholar is invited to the Annual Conference of FSAC-ACÉC to speak about their current research.


This letter was prepared by Dr. Paul Moore (President, FSAC), Associate Professor of Sociology, Ryerson University, Toronto on behalf of the membership of the Film Studies Association of Canada in response to recent cuts to Library & Archives Canada and the elimination of the National Archival Development Program.

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