Breaking the Rules: Gender, Power, and Politics in the Films of Lars Von Trier

October 27, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014, 10AM - 6 PM
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9 AM - 1 PM

Pembroke Hall 305
172 Meeting Street, Providence

Lars von Trier's films – including Melancholia (2011) and Nymphomaniac (2014) – are unsettling, urgent, and often controversial. His films raise questions about gender and violence, the politics of the foreigner, the disabled and the immigrant, conditions of work in neoliberal economies, marriage, morality, and more. This conference aims not only to generate political commentary on von Trier's films, but also to use his films as an occasion to develop new work in political, literary, film, feminist, or critical theory. Towards this end, "Breaking the Rules" brings together scholars from all over the world with scholars at Brown who work at the intersections of classics, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, racial politics, religious studies, political science, philosophy, humanities and communications arts, and film and media studies. We invite you to join us in thinking about film as a political and aesthetic technology. This conference will feature scholars who have been invited to submit papers for a special issue of Theory & Event, an interdisciplinary journal with a reputation for cutting edge theoretical and political inquiry.

Panelists include
Stephen Bush, Tony Cokes, Thomas Elsaesser, Rosalind Galt, Bonnie Honig,
Lynne Huffer, Miriam Leonard, Lori Marso, James Martel, Chris Peterson, Lars Toender, Victoria Wohl

Please click here for the conference website.

Sponsored by Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Culture and Media Studies, Department of Modern Culture and Media, Creative Arts Council, Pembroke Center Faculty Seed Grant Program, The C.V. Starr Lectureship, Dean of the Faculty.