9.00AM - 5.00PM
The Sydney Underground Film Festival in collaboration with Sydney College of the Arts is pleased to announce the third annual conference Inhuman Screens. The conference will explore issues of the human and nonhuman in relation to crisis. Fittingly, the conference will be held online.

The conference features keynotes from ANGELA NDALIANIS and LISA E. BLOOM. Bloom explores ecological devastation inrelation to issues of representation and memory and Ndalianis explores uncanny technological representations and theirontological challenge to the human.

We will also be talking—via exclusive interviews—with Barbara Creed and Jodi Dean. Dean’s interview will cover topics such as “Communicative Capitalism” in relation to whether capitalism is the new feudalism and whether there may be a socialist/communist future. Creed’s interview will examine the human andthe animal in relation to film, and especially horror film; with creed’s focus being species studies and the way in which horror cinema undermines anthropocentrism, breaking the distinction between man and animal.

Plus there will be a panel discussion with Salote Tawale, Bruce Isaacs and Jaimie Leonarder (aka Jay Katz).
Lisa E. Bloom is a theorist of visual culture, film studies, cultural studies, and feminist art history including Gender on Ice: American Ideologies of Polar Expeditions (1993), With Other Eyes: Looking at Race and Gender in Visual Culture ( 1999) and Jewish Identities in American Feminist Art (2006). She has written extensively on the polar regions, contemporary art and film, and is currently ompleting a book titled Critical Polar Aesthetics in the Anthropocene (Duke UP, 2022). She is currently in residence at the Beatrice Bain Center in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California.
Angela Ndalianis is Research Professor in Media and Entertainment. Her research focuses on entertainment culture (films, video games, television, VR, comic books and theme parks) and the history of media technologies. Her expertise is in the transformative nature of media technologies and how technologies impact on embodiment, the senses and perception. Her publications include Neo-Baroque Aesthetics and Contemporary Entertainment (MIT Press 2004), Science Fiction Experiences, The Horror Sensorium and the edited books The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero (editor, Routledge 2009), Neo-baroques (co-editor, Rodopi Press/Brill 2016), and Fans and Videogames: Histories, Fandom, Archives (co-editor, Routledge, 2017).
Barbara Creed is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of six books, including The Monstrous- Feminine (1993), now in its ninth edition; Darwin’s Screens (2009); and most recently Stray: human-animal ethics in the Anthropocene (2017). Her recent research is in fourth wave feminism, ethics in the anthropocene and the inhuman. Her writings have been translated into a dozen languages for publication in academic journals and anthologies. She is the director of the Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network (HRAE) in the Arts Faculty. Her new book, Return of the Monstrous-Feminine, will be published by Routledge in 2021.
Jodi Dean is professor in the Political Science department at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York state. She has also held the position of Erasmus Professor of the Humanities in the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is the author of many books, co-editing Reformatting Politics:Information Technology and Global Civil Society (co-editor with Geert Lovink and Jon Anderson, Routledge 2006), and the author of Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (Duke University Press 2009) , Blog Theory (Polity 2010), The CommunistHorizon (Verso 2012) , Crowds and Party (Verso 2016) and Comrade - An Essay onPolitical Belonging (Verso 2019)
Salote Tawale is a contemporary artist and associate lecturer in Screen Arts at Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney. Having exhibited nationally and internationally most notably at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art in Melbourne; Spring Workshop in Hong Kong for Para Site gallery; at iCAN for the FCACHeartsJogjatour of Jogakata Indonesia. In 2016 Tawale undertook an Indigenous Visual and Digital residency at the Banff Centre in Alberta Canada and in 2017 received the Inaugural Create NSW Visual Arts Midcareer/Established Fellowship. In 2018 Tawale undertook the Australia Council for the Arts six-month residency at Acme, London, focussing on colonial archives; Fijian Objects, imagery and written records. Find out more here
Bruce Issacs is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. "I am interested in a wide range of film studies-related topics: histories of film (with a focus on Hollywood, though I have abiding interests in various ‘New Waves’ and movements), film aesthetics and style, critical approaches to film production, film and popular culture (including the relationship between film and other pop culture art forms such as television, literature and music). I am currently intrigued by various developments in High Concept Hollywood and its evolution of new aesthetic practices, including digital and 3D cinema."
Jaimie Leonarder
Jaimie Leonarder aka Jay Katz nurse, youth worker, diversional therapist, Missionbeat driver, co-host SBS Movie Show (2004-06) co-curator of the Mu-Meson Archives, co-host of the Naked World visual podcast, performance artist, experimental musician, actor, Vice president UFOR, independent scholar of Para-Political and Anomalous Studies co creator of Cult Sinema Obscura, DJ, MC and Film Archivist. Jaimie Leonarder and his wife Aspasia have been the subjects of at least four documentaries, the most renowned being the SBS/ Pagan Films Love and Anarchy 2002. The Revolution Will Be Televised! since January 2020 Jaimie and Aspasia with the assistance of a maverick film and Television school graduate (who's name will remain anonymous) have created an online platform in which their multi faceted approach to counter culture is explored and exposed. Now with over 40 international and local interviews with creatives who range from cultural commentators, philosophers, indigenous activists, independent filmmakers, actors and avant-guard artists filmed they are challenging the para-dime shift in screening culture and entertainment. Their emphasis lies on the mental health and well being of a devastated and financially insecure world wide community of miscreants. They are now offering a counterpoint to the commodification of art as they perceive the modern world of screen culture to be the junk food during this decline of Western Civilisation.  Posing the statement that the playing field has been leveled and that revolution through provocation can now challenge the corporate leviathans in their relentless domination for the control of our dollars and minds. Find out more here ( )
Convened bY Dr. Aleksandr Wansbrough & Dr. Stefan Popescu
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