(Conference) The Place of Religion in Film (Syracuse University)

film confernence


MARCH 31 – APRIL 1 2017

Friday 9 – 10:40 a.m. (3)

Panel 1

  • Reinhartz, Religion, Body and Place inFélix et Meira (Quebec, 2014)
  • Shenker, That made me a woman: On body and gender representations in Israel’s religious-community films-making
  • Pham, Church, Sex, and the LGBT Bildungsroman: A Critique of Narrative Mediocrity inHenry Gamble’s Birthday Party
  • Silverman, Primitivism, Kabbalah, and James Cameron’sAvatar: Mythic Redemption on Planet Pandora

Panel 2

  • Powell, “The Beginning Ends, the End Begins”: Religion and Subversive Filmmaking in Jean Renoir’sThe River (1951)
  • Arafa, Egyptian Cinema and Representation of Islam Amidst Caricatures of Modernity
  • Lagasse, Reconstructing the Hindu Household, or the Postmodern Politics of Indian Cinema in English
  • Nag, Dedicated to Gods, Possessed by Spirits: Documenting Religion and Women

Panel 3

  • Schweigert, From the Propositional to the Relational: Religion and the Films of Caveh Zahedi
  • Dias Branco, Divinely Human: Robert Bresson’s Spiritual Reflections
  • Kickasola, Engagement and Transformation: Poetic Documentary and the Contours of Religious Experience

Friday 11 – 12:40 (2)

Panel 1

  • Blizek, The Expected Places of Religion, Communities, and Institutions
  • Sharper, When Hollywood Goes to War, Does Religion Follow: A Look at the “Enlistment” of Religious Discourse in Selected US World War Two Films
  • Carter-Chand, The Fragility of Goodness and Corruption: The Salvation Army in 20th Century Film
  • Gomez-Morales, ReadingMi Pequeño Angelito (Home Alone) Film through Hispanic Eyes

Panel 2

  • Goodwin, “Surely the LORD is in this Movie Theater”: Transcending Place Through Montage
  • Gunawan, The Concept of Beauty: Jesus Films Before and After 1968
  • Deweese-Boyd, Scorsese’sSilence: Film as Practical Theodicy

Friday 2 – 3:40 (2)

2 – 3:45 p.m., Optional screening, Son of Saul, 141 Newhouse 3

Panel 1

  • Bakshi, Hindu customs, conservation and violence: Female sexuality and caste in Aparna Sen’sSati and Goutam Ghose’s Antarjali Jatra
  • Mahmoud, Professional Interlopers: Religion and Professional Women in Egyptian Cinema Classics
  • Dasgupta, Negotiating ‘Home’ and its ‘other’ in Aparna Sen’s36, Chowringhee Lane: A representation of an ‘in-between’ Indian Christian lady

Panel 2

  • Yaccobi, A Shtetel in Minnesota: Archaic Ontology in the Cinema of the Coen Brothers
  • West, The Spirit is Willing, but the Flesh is Weak: Embodiment, Transcendence, and Sacro-Historical Spectatorship in the Historico-Biblical Epic
  • Choe, Religion on Screen: Haunting Memories and Surviving Images in Park Chan-kyong and Apochatpong Weerasethakul’s Films
  • Wagner, “Carrying the Fire”: Post-Apocalyptic Imagination in Cormac McCarthy’s NovelThe Road and its Filmic Adaptation

4 – 6 p.m., Plenary, Son of Saul, 141 Newhouse 3 with Sara Horowitz (Professor, York University) and June Hwang (Associate Professor, University of Rochester)


Saturday 8:30 – 10:10 (3)

Panel 1

  • Alderman, “Another Time and Another Place”: Apocalyptic Elements inPan’s Labyrinth
  • Norden, Religious Perspectives in Hammer’s Early Dracula Films
  • Shafiq, Religion in Bollywood Horror

Panel 2

  • Cochran, “A lot of midgets tend to kill themselves”: Strange Bodies and Sacramentality in Martin McDonagh’sIn Bruges
  • Rothschild, Looking at periodic social prohibitions through films that are re-telling a man-creation story
  • Roubach, Body, Memory and Redemption:The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Panel 3

  • Cowans, Breaking the Habit: The Decline of ‘Missionary Film’ in the Decolonization Era, 1958-1966
  • Van Hell,Of Gods and Men: the place of a monastery in Des Hommes and Des Dieux and its impact on viewers
  • Chaness, Inflammatory Indigenous Images: Playing Indian and Staying Indian in James Cameron’sAvatar
  • Angeles, Philippine Muslim Women on Film

Saturday 10:25 – 12 (2)

Panel 1

  • Alimi, Michael Haneke’s Liberal Critique of Religion, and a Kierkegaardian Reply
  • Steele, Everywhere and Nowhere: Process Theology in Terrence Malick’sThe Tree of Life
  • Scalia, The Art of Movie-going: The Screened World of Walker Percy’sThe Moviegoer

Panel 2

  • Petersen, Intercultural Cinema and American Muslim Filmmaking
  • Bazzano, Wadjdafor Westerners: Combatting Stereotypes about Islam through a Subversive Saudi Drama
  • Cheref, “Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from a religious conviction”: A Comparative Study of Submission(2004) by Theo van Gogh and Of Gods and Men (2010) by Xavier Beauvois
  • Goodwin, “I Can Take Your Eyes”: Gender and Surveillance in A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

1:30 –  4:15 p.m., Screening, What Now? Remind Me, Watson Auditorium

4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Plenary, What Now? Remind Me, with director Joaquim Pinto, Watson Auditorium

5:45 – 7 p.m., Closing reception, Goldstein Alumni and Faculty Center


About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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