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Figuring the social: Cinematic crowds, scenes and circles

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Figuring the social: Cinematic crowds, scenes and circles

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

19:00 - 21:00
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Education Auditorium - EA 106.1

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At Congress 2018, William Straw will deliver the annual Martin Walsh Lecture of the Film Studies Association of Canada. He addresses the Congress theme of "gathering diversities" by speaking on the historical representation of cinematic crowds. In the contemporary cinema, it has been argued, the human crowd has disappeared. One finds, in its place, the bourgeois in-group of the art film or the quasi-human zombie mob of the horror film. The crowd is but one figure of the social, however. This presentation will look at the ways in which, in film history, different sorts of social groups fill the space of the image, from the subcultural scene through the revolutionary mob.

Speakers: William Straw, Professor, Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University