SOAS University of London

Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Crossing Boundaries: Cinema’s Conventions, Personas and Public Spaces


Date: 31 May 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 1 June 2016Time: 6:00 PM


Type of Event: Symposium

CFS - crossing boundaries poster

Type of Event: Public Lecture, Symposium, and Film Screening

The Centre for Film Studies at SOAS Second Annual Postgraduate Symposium

Symposium and Public Lecture free and open to everyone

Tickets to the screening of Sembène! are £5 and sold separately through Bertha DocHouse

The Centre for Film Studies Second Annual Postgraduate Symposium is all about crossing boundaries. Cinema, as a medium and industry, shapes and transcends boundaries that can be geographic, but also time-based, made up of genre conventions, gender distinctions, or that rely on the mutually constitutive relationship between film and spectator. At the same time they are fluid and ever changing. This conference will explore such boundaries and demarcations, as well as the ways in which they are becoming less fixed, and what these changes might imply.

The symposium has an exciting schedule of academic and non-academic events. First, our keynote lecture is also the SOAS Second African Film Public Lecture, delivered by Professor Samba Gadjigo, who will discuss his documentary Sembène!, which tells the story of the "father of African cinema," the self-taught novelist and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène. Second, the symposium itself will consist of three diverse panels putting into conversation some of the innovative doctoral research currently being undertaken in the SOAS Centre for Film Studies. Finally, the symposium will wrap up with a screening of the documentary Sembène! (co-directed by Samba Gadjigo and Jason Silverman), followed by a Q&A with Professor Gadjigo, at Bertha DocHouse, as part of the first SOAS Centenary film series.


31 May 2016
Time Location Event
19:00 – 21:00 B102, Brunei Gallery

The Second SOAS African Film Public Lecture

Speaker: Professor Samba Gadjigo

Chair: Dr Lindiwe Dovey

1 June 2016

09:30-15:30: Crossing Boundaries: Cinema’s Conventions, Personas and Public Spaces

Location: L67, SOAS (Russell Square College Buildings)

Time Event

Tea and coffee


Opening Remarks


Panel: Gender, Cinema Spaces and the City

Chair: Dr Ben Murtagh

Robin Steedman: Hustling in Nairobi: Analyzing Kenya’s Female Filmmakers

Irene González-López: The Man and the Rice: gender identity and the city in Solitary Gourmet


Lunch Break


Panel: Genre, Technological Innovations and Intermedial Connections

Chair: Dr Marcos Centeno

Michael W. Thomas: Love and Laughter in Amharic fictional feature films – A question of two genres?

Lois Barnett: The Use Of Western Fashion To Depict "Modern" Women In Japanese Film Pre- and Post-Sound: A Comparison Between Shimizu Hiroshi's Undying Pearl (Fue No Shiratama, 1929) and Gosho Heinosuke's The Neighbour's Wife and Mine (Madamu to Nyōbo, 1931)


Coffee Break


Panel: Stardom, Fans and Spectatorship

Chair: Dr Marlé Hammond

Laz Carter: The Wind Rises and ‘Surrealism,’ ‘Ontology’ and ‘Origami Unicorns’

Kerstin Fooken: Okada Yoshiko and Natsukawa Shizue: A Clash of Two Modernities on the Japanese Silent Screen

16:00-18:00 Screening of Sembéne! + Q&A

Location: Bertha DocHouse, Curzon Bloomsbury, The Brunswick Centre, London, WC1N 1AW

Note: Tickets are £5 and need to be bought directly from Bertha DocHouse

This screening is part of the first SOAS Centenary film series hosted at Bertha DocHouse

Organisers: Kerstin Fooken, Robin Steedman, Dr Lindiwe Dovey, SOAS Centre for Film Studies

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