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The department hosts a range of research seminars and events:

Friday, 16th June 2017

Conference Exoticism in Contemporary Transnational Cinema: Music and Spectacle

Humanities and Arts Research Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London 

This interdisciplinary conference explores exoticism, understood as a highly contested discourse on cultural difference as well as an alluring form of alterity that promotes a sense of cosmopolitan connectivity. Presentations and discussions will revolve around the question how the collapsed distances of globalisation and the transnational flows of media and people have transformed exoticism, which is no longer exclusively the projection of Orientalist fantasies of the Other from one centre, the West, but which emanates from multiple localities and is multi-directional in perspective.

Bringing together researchers with special interest and expertise in contemporary transnational and world cinema, film music and ethnomusicologists, this conference examines how contemporary transnational cinemas imagine the exotic, paying particular attention to the role of sound, music and spectacle.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Rachel Dwyer, SOAS
  • Professor Song Hwee Lim, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr Laudan Nooshin, City, University of London 

For the final conference programme and registration: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/harc/fellowshipsprojects/exoticism-in-contemporary-cinema-and-culture.aspx

Registration £30 and student concessions £20, closes on 9th June. exoticism_poster









You are kindly invited to a talk by Professor Murray Pomerance (Ryerson University, Toronto)  entitled ‘Antonioni Reporting’ at Royal Holloway on Monday, 27 October at 6pm (Windsor Seminar Room 1-02). There will be a reception afterwards.  

The event is hosted by the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures and the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway.

Murray Pomerance is a prolific film scholar who has written extensively on film, the cinematic experience and performance. His publications include The Eyes Have It: Cinema and the Reality Effect (2013), Alfred Hitchcock’s America (2013), Michelangelo Red, Antonioni Blue: Eight Reflections on Cinema (2011), The Horse Who Drank the Sky: Film Experience Beyond Narrative and Theory (2008) and several more monographs, numerous edited and co-edited collections and fiction. 

In his talk ‘Antonioni Reporting’, Murray Pomerance will consider modes of approach to visual art in terms of "enchanting" and "reportorial" creative and receptive posture in relation to artists such as Da Vinci, Sheeler, Estes, and O. W. Link. This is followed by an intensive examination of Michelanglo Antonioni's techniques of using, and playing with, reportorial configurations in La Notte, The Passenger, Blow-Up, Identification of a Woman, Eros, Beyond the Clouds, and other films. , and other films.   Contact daniela.berghahn@rhul.ac.uk for any queries. 


  • London Screenwriting Research Seminar Professor Ian Christie, Anniversary Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck College, University of London, will be speaking on ‘Emeric Pressburger and the Shape of Stories


Professor Christie has written and edited books on early film, Powell and Pressburger, Russian cinema, Scorsese and Gilliam, has worked on numerous exhibitions and contributes  regularly to radio and television programmes on cinema.He is currently a vice-president of Europa Cinemas and member of its Experts Committee and was elected a fellow of the British Academy in 1994.  For full details of his distinguished career http://www.ianchristie.org/aboutme.html.  For more details email Adam Ganz

Past Events have included:

The department also hosts a series of lunchtime and evening seminars as well as a series of seminars related to ADAPT. We also co-host the London Screenwriting Seminar and the Modernism and Film Seminar.


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