SUFF and the University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts are pleased to announce the return the “Inhuman Screens” conference to be held on the 13th of September, from 9 AM. Extending on the success of last year’s conference, the theme of this year’s conference focuses on embodiment and the tensions and contradictions of digital selfhood and identity, with a focus on social media, cinema and propaganda.
The conference is pleased to announce four confirmed keynotes. Last year our keynotes were disembodied specters, presenting through the digital interface. We have at least one disembodied digital interview (pre-recorded) with world-renown philosopher and psychoanalyst Alenka Zupančič, a disembodied keynote by acclaimed film critic and academic Adrian Martin, and three embodied keynote presentations from Donna Freitas, Angela Ndalianis and Jack Sargeant.
Dr. Zupančič is the author of What is Sex? (MIT Press, 2017), Why Psychoanalysis (2008), The Odd One in: On Comedy (2007). Her reputation as a theorist and philosopher is unparalleled (she is one of the more recognisable representatives of the Slovene school of psychoanalytic thinkers along with Slavoj Žižek and Mladen Dollar) and we will be drawing on her knowledge to understand the Alt Right and the digital unconscious.
Dr Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor in Film Culture and Theory at Monash University and a celebrated film critic. His recent books include Mise en Scène and Film Style: From Classical Hollywood to New Media Art (Palgrave, 2014) and Mysteries of Cinema (Amsterdam University Press, 2018).
Donna Freitas is a fiction and nonfiction author, and she lectures at universities across the United States on her work including Colby, Pepperdine, Harvard, and Yale. Over the years, she has written for national newspapers and magazines, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post,and she’s currently a non-resident research associate at the Center for Religion and Society at Notre Dame. Her nonfiction books include Sex and the Soul and The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost (Oxford University Press, 2017). She also writes novels for children and young adults including The Survival Kit and Unplugged.
Dr. Sargeant is an expert on underground and transgressive cinema and is the author of Flesh and Excess: On Underground Film (2016) and Against Control (2014). Since 2007 he has been the program director for the Revelation Perth International Film Festival. As a curator of fine art and photography he has curated exhibitions at the Horse Hospital, London, and co-curated shows at the Alaska Gallery, Sydney, and Strange Neighbour, Melbourne.
Dr. Ndalianis is a professor at Swinburne and the director of the Centre for Transformative Media Technologies. Her books include Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment (MIT Press 2004), and The Horror Sensorium: Media and the Senses (McFarland 2012). Her edited books include The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero (editor, Routledge 2009), and Fans and Videogames: Histories, Fandom, Archives.
Also embodied will be a suite of other academics and artists for panel discussion and audience interaction. After discussing issues relating to our digital world, attendees will also be granted access to a night of films.
Convened by Dr. Stefan Popescu & Dr. Aleksandr Wansbrough
$50 REGULAR / $30 STUDENT
(INCLUDES A NIGHT of FILMS)