Picturing Settlement: New Zealand Cinema and the Look of the Land
Thursday, April 25, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
In the minds of most audiences, New Zealand cinema is synonymous with visions of New Zealand's landscapes: sweeping aerial views, hauntingly deserted vistas, primeval forests and bubbling mud pools. Part of my research as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar has been to explore the history of these kinds of representation, linking our contemporary cinematic expectations of New Zealand to the desires of colonial expansion and European settlement. This presentation will summarize my work thus far and explore the possible implications of these kinds of representation.
About our speaker: Scott Wilson is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Performing and Screen Arts at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He has published on topics as diverse as abjection and reality television, road safety advertising, and the role of monster movies in post-9/11 cinema. His first book, The Politics of Insects: David Cronenberg’s Cinema of Confrontation, was published in 2011 by Continuum (New York). Scott is currently the 2013 Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand Studies at the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies in Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
RSVP required by Monday, April 22, 2013 - Light lunch will be avialable