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.
This year we have four keynote speakers, consisting of two disembodied digital interviews with world-renown philosopher and psychoanalyst Alenka Zupančič and the award winning author Donna Freitas, and a digital keynote presentation from respected film critic Adrian Martin, with an audience Q&A. We have an embodied keynote from Jack Sargeant. We also have panels with Bruce Isaacs, John Tonkin and Anna Broinowski.
Dr Alenka 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 recognizable 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 Adrian Martin is Adjunct Associate Professor of Screen Studies at Monash University. He is the author of eight books (the most recent being Mysteries of Cinema
from Amsterdam University Press), hundreds of essays, and thousands of reviews since the late 1970s, many of which are being collected on his ongoing website project: www.filmcritic.com.au
He contributes regularly to publications around the world including Screenhub, MUBI Notebook, Trafic, de Filmkrant, Caimán and Sight and Sound. Now living in Spain, he collaborates with his partner Cristina Álvarez López on texts, lecture presentations and audiovisual essays. His forthcoming book (2020), commissioned by the EQZE fim school in Spanish and English editions, is Filmmakers Thinking
Dr 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.
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)