Celebrating AsAECA’s 10th Anniversary
The Argentine Association of Audiovisual and Film Studies (Asociación Argentina de Estudios sobre Cine y Audiovisual: AsAECA) invites researchers, professors, critics and students to participate in the sixth edition of its international congress, which will take place from March, 7thto March, 10th, 2018 at the School of Humanities and Sciences (Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias: FHUC) of the Universidad Nacional del Litoral (UNL).
In accordance with one of AsAECA’s main goals, ten years after the Association’s foundation, this new conference seeks to consolidate, strengthen and broaden the field of audiovisual and film studies in Argentina by means of sharing, discussing and making the national and international research on this area of knowledge known.
Two of the keynote lecturers who have already been confirmed for this edition are Linda Williams and Nicole Brenez. They are professionals with renowned international careers whose lines of research are critical and innovative. Both of their areas of expertise –Williams focuses on gender and sexuality film studies and Brenez on experimental and political intervention films – are closely linked to the core issues of this conference: the political intensities of images, their multiple traditions, and their means of expression and circulation in the contemporary world.
For decades, debates revolving around cinema and politics –on politics in film and on the patterns of political features– have nourished and guided audiovisual and film studies. In Latin America, the debates about aesthetics and politics in filmmaking are a real conflict area which was first significantly stirred up in the late sixties, but is still hovering over culture and art today. The year 2018 recalls two turning points in the history of Latin American cinema for it will be the 60thanniversary of Tire dié (Fernando Birri) –an iconic piece connected to the conference’s venue– and the 50th anniversary of La hora de los hornos (Grupo Cine Liberación). The design of devices, the questions about identities (sexual, cultural, political), and the territory related concepts (national, international, transnational and global) have undergone important reformulations. In order to construct, figure and resolve political imaginaries –which are also forms of praxis– the influence of audiovisual media is crucial in present-day societies.
This conference encourages reflection on the transformations that have occurred during the last sixty years in the politics of images. Yet it also promotes the revision –based on gender and sexuality perspectives, geopolitics, affection and emotion theories, new corporealities, etc.– of traditions, styles and poetics that have shaped filmmaking practices in Latin America since its silent beginnings.