Conference Schedule

Friday, April 21st
Logan Center for the Arts, Room 201

4:30pm – Welcoming Reception

5:30pm  Opening Remarks
Dr. Tom Gunning (University of Chicago)

Keynote Address
Dr. Elisabeth Anker (George Washington University)
“Grab ‘Em By The Pussy”: Melodramatic Desires in the Age of Trump

7:30pm  Screening
Curated clipshow and shorts, featuring …No Lies (Mitchell Block, 1972, 35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive)

Saturday, April 22nd
Logan Center for the Arts, Room 201

9:00am  Check-in/Breakfast

10:00am  Panel 1: Melodramatic Encounters: Unsettling Identities of Self & Other
Chair: Pao-Chen Tang
Brooke Marine (MAPH, University of Chicago), Melodrama and Realism in Sean S. Baker’s Tangerine
Brian Plungis (New York University), Farhadi as a Conciliator: Realism, Humanism, and Conservatism in Global Film Melodrama
Chaz Lee and Dan Wang (University of Chicago), Yellowdrama: Traumatic Identity and the Model Melodramatist

12:00pm-1:00pm  Lunch

1:00pm – Panel 2: Genres of Transgression and Excess: Techniques, Technologies, and the Power of Narrative
Chair: Amanda Shubert
Samantha Freeman (Northwestern University), “Especially Heinous”: Depicting the Trauma of Sexual Violence in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit
Anugyan Nag (New York University), Song and Dance: Affect, Emotions, and Trauma
Chris Carloy (University of Chicago), All that Gameplay Allows: Gone Home, Melodrama, and the Videogame Medium

3:00pm – Documentary Poetics: History, Memory, and Spectacle
Chair: Mary Adekoya
Sasha Crawford-Holland (University of Southern California), Somatic Signs: Performing the Truth of Trauma
Egor Shmonin (Concordia University), Pending the Catharsis: Revealing of National Trauma in Postpoetic Documentary Saga We?
Fareed Ben-Youssef (University of California, Berkeley), Drones of the Banlieue: Olivier Babinet’s Swagger and a State of Emergency’s Spectacular Trauma

5:00pm – Concluding Faculty Roundtable
Rochona Majumdar (University of Chicago)
Berthold Hoeckner (University of Chicago)
Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky (University of Chicago)
Elisabeth Anker (George Washington University)

6:00pm – Closing Reception

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