Anna Maria Everding – Cinema Beyond Hollywood: Postcolonial Cinema Revisited

Event Date: 25 May 2012
MY120 Avenue Campus
University of Northampton
NN2 6JD

Seeing and Being Seen: Postcolonial Visual Culture and Performance

The University of Northampton is proud to present an exciting day of postcolonial performance, poetry and visual culture at Avenue Campus, School of the Arts.

The Seeing and Being Seen: Postcolonial Visual Culture and Performance Symposium will be convening at 10:30 am and starting at 11:00am, the day will begin with the unique opportunity of hearing Karthika Naїr and Slam poet Polarbear discussing their innovative and prestigious 2012 Laurence Olivier award winning dance production, ‘Desh’ before moving on to a presentation by performance artists, Dr Mark James Hamilton and Rosanna Raymond.

Themes relating to postcolonial cinema, theatre and visual culture will also be addressed by among others, Professors Dominic Alessio and Patrick Williams as well as by exciting upcoming scholars, Arifani Moyo (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Anna Maria Everding (University of Northampton).

Anna Maria EverdingCinema Beyond Hollywood: Postcolonial Cinema Revisited

Over the last four decades, there has been an extensive discussion about films that do not follow the aesthetics and modes of filmmaking used in Hollywood cinema. Since the 1960s, a multitude of terms have evolved for films beyond the mainstream. Whereas some terms are political, like Third Cinema and Third World Cinema, others, like Global or World Cinema are much more neutral and concentrate on the audience and geographic location of the films rather than their proposition and message. The relatively new category of Postcolonial Cinema derives amongst others from a debate on national cinemas and the influence of colonisation and globalisation on filmmakers. However, as of now, there has not been a successful attempt in defining this category. Rather, current concepts fall short when it comes to including postcolonial cinemas like Hindi Cinema and diasporic cinemas like British South Asian Cinema. This presentation therefore seeks a more inclusive approach towards the rather new term of Postcolonial Cinema, one that can include diasporic, postcolonial and maybe even post-imperial cinema.

Anna Maria Everding studied at the Universities of Northampton and Muenster, Germany, where she received her BA in 2008 (German and English literary and cultural studies) and MA (National and Transnational Studies) in 2010. Since 2011, she has been studying for a PhD at the University of Northampton in the field of Postcolonial Cinema. Her main interests are Hindi Cinema and British South Asian Cinema, as well as concepts of home and belonging and representations of space and place.

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