March 27th, 2020 at 3:30 PM – 5 PM
UWM Campus, Curtin Hall 368
“The World in South Asia” lecture series welcomes Celine Parreñas Shimizu (School of Cinema, San Francisco State University).
Different proximities to social life—viability (regard and recognition) and death (disregard and abuse) can measure inequality between intimately enmeshed subjects in and out of representation. In our witnessing on-screen relations featuring the denigration endured by the abjected, we as the audience are exposed as both conceptualized and located in our difference.
In our encounter with films from countries and regions touched by colonial relations, our spectatorship is implicated by the film. From the perches we occupy, we watch these films from positions of distance—-whether geographic or social—even as audiences in the West are diasporic subjects from elsewhere.
These films may lead us to feelings of empathy or hopefully, an awareness of our power to name and define whom we see: as subject, other, object or abject—in how we accept the ability of film to show us ourselves and our limits in recognizing and feeling for others.
Sponsored by the Vilas Trust and the Film Studies program.
Free and open to the public.