13th Laterna Film Academy

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  • The basic aim of the conference is then to take up that challenge at various levels of viewers’ response. Starting with the sensorial level where the sometimes extreme sensuality and graphic violence of the image can be theorized in terms of a three-tier model comprising phenomenology, cognitive psychology and neurology, the challenge can be carried over to narratology, genre- and author-theory, and last but least, post-colonialism, that is, culture studies. Thus we welcome papers from very different camps on condition that they are trying to meet the challenge of sensual, narrative, and globalized excess.

    General topics to be addressed

    • Authorship (notable filmmakers including Kim Ki-duk, Park Chan-wook, Hong Sang-soo, Lee Chang-dong, Bong Jun-ho, and Kim Ji-woon)
    • Multi-sensorial approaches to viewers’ response to the audiovisual excesses of images
    • New visual and narrative techniques in contemporary Korean cinema
    • Postcolonialism, transnationalism, and globalization in contemporary Korean cinema
    • Special treatments of genetic tendencies in contemporary Korean cinema (horror, melodrama, comedy, documentary, etc)
    • The phenomenology of violence and “extreme” cinema
    • The representation of class, gender, and sexuality in Korean cinema

    Special questions to tackle

    • The aesthetics of stylized violence in Park Chan-wook’s films
    • The phenomenology of the body in Kim-Ki-duk’s films
    • Postmodern theories of the excess in contemporary Korean cinema
    • Deleuzian approches to the problem of the sensual in film

    Keynote speakers confirmed

    • Hye Seung-Chung (Colorado State University)
    • Soyoung Kim (Cinema Studies, Korean National University of Arts)
    • Earl Jackson (University of California at Santa Cruz)
    • Daniel Martin (Queen’s University, Belfast)
    • David Scott Diffrient (Colorado State University)

    The structure of the conference

    I. Theoretical Approaches of the Senses in Cinematic Perception
    II. Excesses of the Visual and the Body in contemporary Korean Cinema
    III. Narrative Excesses in contemporary Korean Films
    IV. Special Panels: ’Close-Ups’ of Individual Authors

    Participation fee

    which includes registration booklet, 3 lunch buffets, coffee and refreshments

    Standard: 80 €
    Student/unwaged: 60 €
    Banquet with wine tasting and trip to country: 30 €

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