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    Visual Representations of Iran

    Europe - UK Friday - June 13, 2008     12:00 PM

    Visual Representations of Iran

    Conference, Film season, Photographic exhibition - Introduction

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    Event InfoName:
    Visual Representations of Iran
    Tagline:
    Conference, Film season, Photographic exhibition - Introduction
    Host:
    SMUCT FILM SOCIETY
    Type:
    Other - Festival
    Time and PlaceStart Time:
    Friday, June 13, 2008 at 12:00pm
    End Time:
    Monday, June 16, 2008 at 3:00pm
    Location:
    University of St. Andrews.
    Street:
    Scotland
    City/Town:
    scotland beach, MD

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    Visual Representations of Iran
    Conference, Film season, Photographic exhibition - Introduction
    13-16 June 2008
    University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland.
    A conference, film season and photographic exhibition that aim to interpret and theorise visual representations of Iran in ethnographic, documentary and feature films, as well as other visual art forms.
    ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS & FILMS
    Presented by
    The Department of Social Anthropology, the Institute for Iranian Studies and the Centre for Film Studies of the University of St. Andrews and the Iran Heritage Foundation
    with the support of
    Centro Incontri Umani, Documentary & Experimental Film Center, Documentary Filmmakers Society, Farabi Cinema Foundation, Houtan Scholarship Foundation, Iran Cultural Heritage Organisation, Iranian Young Cinema Society, Ravayat-e Fath Institute, Visual Media Institute, Young Filmmaker House.
    Programme supervisory board
    Prof. Ali Ansari (Professor in Modern History and Director of Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews)
    Prof. Roy Dilley (Head of Department of Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews) (Chair)
    Mrs. Mahboubeh Honarian (President of Iranian Documentary Filmmakers Society, Iran)
    Prof. Dina Iordanova (Professor and Chair in Film Studies, University of St. Andrews)
    Dr. Pedram Khosronejad (Department of Social Anthropology and Research Fellow in The Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews)
    Prof. Hamid Naficy (Professor of Communication, Department of Radio, TV, Film, Northwestern University)
    Mr. Morteza. Rezvanfar (Head of Anthropological Research Centre of Iran Cultural Heritage Organisation).
    Summary
    In recent years, there has been a steady growth in, and global recognition of, the innovative qualities of Iranian cinema and visual arts. Yet, at the same time, Iran occupies an ambiguous place in the imagination of the West. As a field of academic inquiry, contemporary Visual Anthropology opens up a range of possibilities for examining the ambiguities that surround the imaginations and representations of Iran. Drawing from the broad spectrum of theoretical approaches that span the poetics and practice of filmmaking, photography as well as the art and politics of representation, Visual Anthropology poses a series of questions that may be the basis for dialogue and debate over images of Iran between scholars from a variety of disciplines. A four day programme will investigate these issues within the context of a conference, a film season and a photographic exhibition (the exhibition will remain on view after the conclusion of the four day programme).
    Venue
    University of St. Andrews.
    Dates
    13-16 June 2008.
    CONFERENCE
    Organised by
    The Department of Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews.
    Convenors
    Prof. Roy Dilley (Head of Department of Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews)
    Dr. Pedram Khosronejad (Department of Social Anthropology and Research Fellow in The Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews).
    Introduction
    Incorporating both Iranian and non-Iranian visualisations, the goal of this conference is to explore anthropologically the wide range of filmic representations of Iran. This is not exclude, of course, the particular genre of ethnographic documentary, but rather the aim is to incorporate it as an object of analysis within a wider understanding of Visual Anthropology.
    The conference will gather together anthropologists, ethnographers, film-makers, photographers and artists from Iran and elsewhere, who are interested in the visual representation of Iran. It aims to bring these experts into dialogue to interpret and theorise visual representations of Iran.
    Key speakers
    Prof. Peter I. Crawford (Visual Cultural Studies, University of Tromsoe, Norway)
    Dr. Rolf Husman (Chairman of Commission on Visual Anthropology, The Institute for Knowledge and Media, Goettingen, Germany)
    Prof. Hamid Naficy (Professor of Communication, Department of Radio, TV, Film, Northwestern University).
    Call for papers
    The production of film and visual arts in Iran has enjoyed a considerable development during the past two decades, not solely by governmental organisations but also by independent film makers and artists (both Iranian and non-Iranian). This has occurred despite the absence of any significant debate in the country regarding theory in relation to visual anthropology and visual arts (photography, painting, multimedia…) or to moving images as a system of meanings. At present insufficient communication between anthropological institutes, anthropologists, independent documentary film-makers, artists and art critic's can be considered to lie at the root of this lack of intellectual engagement over the status of the visual image of Iran. It is evident that study and analysis of contemporary Iran and Iranian society through visual images and representations from an anthropological perspective would be of great value, in that it may stimulate a new scope of vision and insights into Iran and Iranians today. Finally, our grasp of the subject and the style of Iranian ethnographical, documentary films and visual arts can be deepened by an understanding of the broader cultural politics of the government of Iran.
    We invite contributions on thematic and stylistic development in anthropological and documentary films, multimedia, photographs, visual arts and on the way these might all reflect and feed upon images contemporary Iran. A subset of related themes involves the connections to international anthropological film making styles or the ethnographic and documentary film traditions, including considerations of emerging national styles within Iran. We invite scholarly, interdisciplinary and carefully documented studies relating to any of the themes spelt out below:
    • The political and historical contexts of visual representations of Iran
    • Nationalism, national identities and counter narratives of belonging
    • Historical development of anthropological and ethnographical filmmaking and visual arts in Iran, its background and origins
    • The development of film and visual arts in post revolution Iran and its place in Iranian culture
    • Ethnographical and documentary filmmaking and visual arts in post-revolutionary Iran
    • Geographical dislocations and diasporic identities
    • Visual representations of Iran in the other countries
    • War and reconciliation
    • Martyrdom and memories of conflict
    • Gender issues and the representation of women
    • Youth and the post-revolutionary generation
    • Orientalism and Islamophobia
    • Domestic audiences of films and visual arts and their reactions to them
    • Training and careers of Iranian anthropologists, film directors and artists
    • Amateur, popular, and video films
    Deadline for submission of papers
    Abstracts for papers must be submitted no later than 31 January 2008.

    FILM SEASON: ANTHROPOLOGICAL FILMS ON IRAN
    Organised by
    The Department of Social Anthropology and the Centre for Film Studies, University of St. Andrews.

    Programming by
    Dr. David Martin-Jones (Lecturer, Centre of Film Studies, University of St. Andrews)
    Dr. Pedram Khosronejad (Department of Social Anthropology and Research Fellow in the Institute for Iranian Studies, University of St. Andrews).
    Call for submission of films
    We invite submission of anthropological and documentary films which reflect and feed upon images of contemporary Iran. Themes could include, but should not be limited to, those shown below:
    • War and trauma
    • Religion, belief and sacredness
    • Gender, sexuality and identity
    • Music, visual and dramatic art
    • Nation, ethnicity and minority
    • Nomadic, rural and non-urban societies
    • Urbanism and modern life
    • Diaspora, exile and nostalgia
    • Society, health and illness
    • Ritual, myth and symbols
    Deadline for submission of films
    Synopsis of films plus films must be submitted no later than 31 December 20007.

    EXHIBITION: KAVEH GOLESTAN - RECORDING THE TRUTH IN IRAN
    Enquiries and additional information and details
    www.iranheritage.org/visual-anthropology/
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