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Tuesday 7 June

‘Memory, History and the Documentary Image’

One Day Symposium (including screenings) Room: MI. A0.28


10.00 — 10.15: Welcome and coffee
10.15—12.30: Morning session. Chaired by Stephen Gundle
Jens Andermann, John Corner and Stella Bruzzi will present 3 papers on different aspects of memory and the factual image followed by questions and answers.
12.30—1.00: Screening of Jasper Rigole’s Paradise Recollected (33 min.)
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00—4.30: Afternoon session. Tiziana Panizza’s Postage: A Visual Letter (18 min.) and Sarah Turner’s Perestroika (118 mins. 2009)
4.30—4.45 Tea/Coffee
4.45 - 6.00 Round table discussion. Chaired by Stella Bruzzi
Tiziana Panizza, Jasper Rigole and Sarah Turner in a round table discussion about the role that memory plays in their practical work.

* Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

About the speakers

John Corner is Visiting Professor in Communication Studies at the University of Leeds and Emeritus Professor of Politics and Communication Studies at the University of Liverpool. His main teaching and research interests are in the areas of broadcast journalism, documentary, media audiences, political communication and cultural analysis. John has written widely in books and journals and is an editor of the journal Media, Culture and Society. His publications include The Art of Record (Manchester UP 1996) and Critical Ideas in Television Studies (Oxford UP 1999). His co-edited books include Communication Studies (Arnold 1980), Documentary and Mass Media (Arnold 1986), Popular Television in Britain (British Film Institute 1991), International Media Research: A Critical Survey (Routledge 1996). His current work includes a history of the major British current-affairs programme, World in Action and explorations in the mediation of political culture as well continuing work in documentary studies

Jens Andermann is renowned for his work on the history and theory of nineteenth- and twentieth-century cultural formations in Latin America. His research spans a wide range of media, including literature, film, photography, museums and cartography, in particular but not exclusively in Brazil and the Southern Cone. He is the autor of The Optic of The State: Visuality and Culture in Argentina and Brasil (Pittsburgh, 2007) and Mapas de Poder: una arqueología literaria del espacio Argentino (Rosario, 2000) and co-editor of ground-breaking books on visual and material culture in Latin America including Images of Power. Iconography, Culture and State in Latin America (with William Rowe, Oxford 2005). His current areas of interest are Landscape and modernity, The real in contemporary Argentine and Brazilian cinema and Spatio-temporal poetics of commemoration in the Latin American postdictatorship.

Stella Bruzzi is Professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. Her publications include Undressing Cinema: Clothing and Identity in the Movies (1997), Fashion Cultures: Texts, Theories and Analysis (co-edited, 2000), New Documentary (2000 and 2006) and Bringing Up Daddy: Fatherhood and Masculinity in Post-war Hollywood (2005) and the BFI Classic on Seven Up (2007). Stella's main areas of research interest are: fashion and costume; gender and identity in film, particularly masculinity; documentary film and television. Stella has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to run for two years from October 2011. She will be writing a monograph on representations of reality and real events in film, media and culture. Stella was on the organising committee for the Visible Evidence Conference at Lincoln University in 2008.

Jasper Rigole is a Belgian artist. Since 2005, Jasper has been working on the multi-media project The International Institute for the Conservation, Archiving and Distribution of Other People's Memories (IICADOM). This fictitious institute takes its departure from an archive of found films, photographs and documents, which the artist gathered over the years. It is an ever-growing collection of found ego-documents (which he sourced from flea markets, second-hand shops and garage sales) including amateur films, travelogues and family documents. IICADOM brings archival footage together via the techniques of cut & paste, compilation, collage and appropriation. For more information about Jasper’s work, visit

Sarah Turner is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the School of Arts, University of Kent. She is also an artist who writes and makes films. Her work spans single screen gallery pieces (rooted in the formal preoccupations of the avant-garde from which she emerged) to feature length projects that explore the interplay between abstraction and narration. All of her films have toured nationally and internationally and several have been broadcast through artists’ showcases on Channel 4. Sarah has had feature scripts commissioned by the British Film Institute, Film Four Lab and Zephyr Films. Her feature films Ecology (2007) and Perestroika (2009) are characterized by explorations of technologies, experimental approaches to writing and an engagement with experiences of narrative, immersion and embodiment within the long form film. Watch an excerpt from Perestroika here.

Tiziana Panizza is an acclaimed documentary maker. She is the director of the experimental documentary trilogy Visual Letters, a series of short films exploring cinematic language to express issues such as individual memory, diaspora and emotional landscapes of intimacy. Dear Nonna: a Film Letter (UK, 2005), the first part of the trilogy, was distinguished with the Juan Downey prize at the Santiago Biennial of Video and New Media awards and has also been given awards at Torino Film Festival, Balearic Islands Festival and Valsusa Documentary Festival. Her second documentary short, Postage: a Visual Letter (2008), won the Grand Prix at the Santiago International Documentary Film Festival (FIDOCS) and has been selected to participate in festivals such as Docupolis-Barcelona and Cali International Film Fest. She is currently working on the final short of the trilogy. Watch an excerpt from Postage: a Visual Letter here.