Spring 2019

Past Events

March 02, 2019


The Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 W. 129 St.
New York, NY 10027


8:30 am – Registration – Lenfest Lobby

Welcome: 9:00 am Francesco Cassetti, Thomas E. Donnelley Professor of Humanities and Professor of Film, Yale University, Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories


Legacies poster


Panel 5: 9:15 am – 10:30 am:


Chair: Noam Elcott, Associate Professor and Chair of Art Humanities, Columbia University

Alexander Zahlten, Associate Professor of EALAC, Harvard University: “From Media Environment to Media Ecology: Leftist Media Theory and the 1970s Occult Boom in Japan”

Franz Prichard, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, Princeton University: “Naked-Eye Reflex: Materiality and Mediation in Nakahira Takuma’s Photographic Praxis”

Respondent: Nick Kapur, Assistant Professor of History, Rutgers-Camden


Coffee Break – 10:30 am – 10:55 am – The Lantern – 8th floor  


Panel 6:  11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Power & Precarity


Chair: Eugenia Lean, Associate Professor, East Asian Languages & Cultures; Director, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University

Victor Fan, Senior Lecturer of Film Studies, King’s College London: “Hong Kong 1967: Cinemas of Political Precarity––Then and Now”

Lingzhen Wang, Associate Professor of East Asian Studies, Brown University: “Socialist Feminism and Chinese Women's Mainstream Experimental Cinema”

Respondent: Liang Luo, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture, University of Kentucky


12:15 pm – 1:45 pm – Lunch Break


Panel 7: 1:45 pm – 3:00 pm:  Colonial/Post-Colonial


Chair: Claudia Breger, Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Travis Workman, Associate Professor of Asian Languages & Literatures, Univ. of Minnesota: "The Problem of Repetition in Colonial and Postcolonial Korean Film and Film Theory"

Moonim Baek, Professor of Korean Language and Literature, Yonsei University: “Leftist Invention of Tradition: Colonial Korean Case”

Respondent: Theodore Hughes, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies, East Asian Literature and Culture, Columbia University


Coffee Break: 3:00 pm – 3:25 pm – Lenfest, The Lantern, 8th floor


Panel 8: 3:30 – 4:45 pm: Technique, Technology and Visuality


Chair: Paul Anderer, Mack Professor of Humanities & Professor of Japanese Literature, Columbia University

Aaron Gerow, Professor of Film Studies and East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University: “Miura Tsutomu’s Anti-Montage Dialectics”

Takuya Tsunoda, Assistant Professor of Japanese Cinema and Media, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University: “Method of Science Film: Tsuchimoto Noriaki and some Notes on Film Techniques” 

Respondent: Nate Shockey, Assistant Professor of Japanese, Bard College


5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner Break


Evening Screening: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Treasures from Asian Film Archives – China

Traditional Chinese prelude music 

Reserve Your Seat

Katharina Otto-Bernstein Screening Room
Lenfest Center for the Arts

                Introduction: Li DaoXin, Professor, School of Arts, Peking University

                Translation: Wentao Ma, Columbia University 

Under the Heel (Dir & sc: Wang Yuanlong, Da Zhonghua-Baihe Film Co., 1929) rt. 60 min.

                    Silent piano accompaniment: Makia Matsumura


Free and Open to the Public. Registration required for screening.