So, what? Lecture - Professor Joan Copjec

When:13 Jul 2015, 6pm - 7:30pm
Venue:Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington (Map ref G19)
Who:UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
Professor Joan Copjec

Abbas Kiarostami and the Imaginal World

Abstract

The Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, has been celebrated as one of the greatest directors not only of our day, but in the history of cinema. This has not silenced the grouse that his lofty reputation is the fruit of his having effaced his own culture in a bid for first world, global appeal. This lecture maintains that a key notion of Islamic thought -- the imaginal world -- structures Kiarostami's films, thus locating them in an Iranian milieu while adding a new chapter to the universal language of cinema.

Biography

Joan Copjec is Professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. Until recently she was SUNY Distinguished professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Culture at the University at Buffalo, where she also co-founded the journal, Umbr(a) with her student colleagues. Copjec is the author of Read My Desire: Lacan against the Historicists, recently republished in Verso Press's "Radical Thinkers" series, and of Imagine There's No Woman. She was the editor of Verso's book series, S, as well as several other book collections. Her talk is based on a chapter form her forthcoming book, Cloud: Between Paris and Tehran.

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