16 Sep 2008 - 18 Sep 2008 All day CRASSH, Emmanuel College & Cambridge Arts Picturehouse



Isabelle McNeill Department of French
Abigail Loxham Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Jenny Chamarette Department of French
Steve Joy Department of German

Contact all conveners on:  crassh-cinepsa-info@lists.cam.ac.uk




The conference will focus around the theme of transmission in its exploration of relationships between cinema and psychoanalysis. This will contribute to discussions of cultural transmission relating to the CRASSH 2007-9 theme.

Various possible modes of Transmission will be explored:

  • The transmission of psychoanalytic discourse into film theory (re-visiting and re-assessing 1970s theory, Screen group, Metz, Mulvey etc., evaluating current relations between psychoanalysis and film theory)
  • The transmission of psychoanalytic scenarios into filmmaking (e.g. Hitchcock, Lang; can we uncover what was lost in translation? what is the cultural/historical significance of such transmission?)
  • Cinema as psychoanalysis: image, scene, time, speech, body, sound (how might cinema transmit psychoanalytically? Can cinema be conceived as a psychoanalytic mode of thought?)

In exploring these forms of transmission, the conference will seek to revisit the history of film theory and look forward to its future, asking whether psychoanalysis still has something to offer film theorists. In addition, the parallel histories (to use the term from the title of Janet Bergstrom's edited volume Endless Night) of cinema and psychoanalysis will be re-examined to shed new light on their past entanglement and possible future collaboration. Finally, through the investigation of scenarios and film form and their (mis)translations and mirrorings of psychoanalytic discourse and thought, approaches to film analysis will be explored.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Mieke Bal (University van Amsterdam)
Philippe Grandrieux (
Film Director)
Professor Kaja Silverman (University of California Berkeley) 


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