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Pasolini/Paradjanov: the Subversive and the Archaic

Friday, September 21, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This event is free


Luca Caminati


Faubourg Building
1250 Guy
Room GEM Lab, FB 630-15




This event will bring together four scholars from different disciplines in a conversation about two iconic and iconoclastic modernist filmmakers: Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sergei Paradjanov. The aim of this workshop is to place these two artists in relation to each other and discuss their respective engagement with ethnography and orientalism, their relationship to art, both modernist and pre-modern, their use of queer eroticism, and ultimately try to address the question of what kind of politics emerge from their work.


10:30 a.m.

  • Introduction: Masha Salazkina
  • Ara Merjian (NYU) and Luca Caminati (Concordia): "’The Pathology of an Epoch': Ethnography and Eroticism in Paradjanov and Pasolini"

12-12:45 p.m.

  • lunch

12:45- 2:15 p.m.

  • Harsha Ram (UC, Berkely) and Masha Salazkina (Concordia): “Performing Ethnicity: Soviet Nationality and Cinematic Subversion in Paradjanov”

2:30-3 p.m.

  • Roundtable discussion


Luca Caminati is Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal.

Ara Merjian is Associate Professor of Italian Studies, Affiliate of the Institute of Fine Arts and Department of Art History, New York University.

Harsha Ram is Associate Professor, Departments of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley.

Masha Salazkina is Concordia University Research Chair in Transnational Media Arts and Culture, and Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal.

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