March 16 | Postcolonial Theory in Film: Visions of Migration and Diaspora

Postcolonial Studies Group (PSG) Spring Colloquium Series 
and the Comparative Literature program presents:

Sandra Ponzanesi’s 

“Postcolonial Theory in Film: Visions of Migration and Diaspora”

 How do we understand the connection between postcolonial theory and film? Can we speak of a ‘postcolonial cinema’? What kind of specificity can we give to other related labels such as migrant or diasporic cinema? In recent European films migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are usually visualized in non- places such as city outskirts, hotels, detention centers, open sea or airports, marked in their disposable bodies, or even represented as ghosts, and in constant negotiation/conflict with hostile media representations. Yet postcolonial cinemas manage to refer to the visual and ideological instability of the notion of Europe while also creating an alternative space, where notions of hospitality and tolerance are negotiated and developed from new perspectives. In this talk, Ponzanesi explores recurring political and aesthetic aspects of European postcolonial cinemas.

 Friday, March 16, 2018
The Graduate Center, CUNY, C415
2:00pm – 4:00 pm

Light refreshments served

Sandra Ponzanesi is a full professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands and is currently a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, Department of English and Comparative Literature and a visiting scholar at NYU, department of Media, Culture and Communication. Among her more recent publications are: Postcolonial Intellectuals in Europe (2018 forthcoming); Postcolonial Transitions in Europe (2016); The Postcolonial Cultural Industry (2014), Gender, Globalization and Violence (2014) and Postcolonial Cinema Studies (2012).

Postcolonial Studies Group (PSG) is a student-led interdisciplinary organization chartered by the Doctoral Students Council (DSC) at The Graduate Center, CUNY.