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Programme: Cinema-Going in The Arab World: Exhibition, Distribution, and Audiences

A workshop (Cairo, Egypt, 14-15 September 2018) organized by the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo with support from “DICIS” / Digital Cinema Studies https://www.digitalcinemastudies.com/

Sherihan at the Ramses theatre, Cairo – 1987


14 September – Day 1

8:30-9:00                               Registration and coffee/tea

9:00-9:30                               Welcome to the conference

                                Rudolf de Jong – Director, NVIC

Ifdal Elsaket – Assistant-Director (Arabic and Islamic studies)

9:30-10:30            Keynote

Daniel Biltereyst (University of Ghent, DICIS) and Philippe Meers (University of Antwerp, DICIS) - On New Cinema History

10:30-11:00          Coffee/tea break

11:00-1:00            Panel 1: Early Cinema Going

Arthur Asseraf (University of Cambridge) - Seeing the World as it is? Newsreels, Censorship, and Cinema Riots in Colonial North Africa

Morgan Corriou (University of Paris 8) - Egyptian Cinema in Colonial Maghreb: Distribution, Exhibition and Audiences

Hend Al-Awadhi (University of Kuwait) - Transcultural Encounters: Excavating Early Histories of Cinema-Going in Kuwait

Asmaa Ghareeb (Contemporary Image Collective) - The History of Cinemas in Ismailia and its Intersection with the Audience (Social Class and Gender) from 1950-1985

1:00-2:00                               Lunch

2:00-3:30               Panel 2: Dealers, Businesses, and Cooperation

Irit Neidhardt (MEC Film) - Without Mention of the Contracted Partner: On Cooperation in Film and TV between the PLO and the GDR

Arpi Sarkis Khatcherian (American University Cairo) - Alcohol and ‘Hollywood on the Nile’: A Review of Literature and Expert Interviews

Chihab al-Khashab (University of Oxford) - Coordination, visualization, and imagined audiences in Egyptian film production

3:30-4:00               Coffee/tea break

4:00-5:30               Panel 3: Politics of Production

Rahma Bavelaar (University of Amsterdam) - Interfaith Love and Competing Visions of "Moral Cinema" in 1952 Cairo

Carolina Bracco (University of Buenos Aires) - The Politics of Production the Social Construction of Image and Imagination of Dancers in Egyptian Film

Hanan Sharaf Al-Dine (Misr International University) - Multimodal Construction of the Image of Women in  Egyptian Film Posters of the Golden Years and the Present.


15 September – Day 2

9:00-10:30            Panel 4: Festivals

Stefanie Van de Peer (University of Exeter) - Arab Documentary Landscapes – Transnational Flows of Solidarity at Festivals

Sabine Salhab (Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne University) - European Co-productions in Tunisian Contemporary Cinema: Three Case Studies

Anais Farine (University of Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle) - “Mediterranean Cinema:” Festivals: Circulation of Films, Network of Programmers and the (Re)invention of a Regional Category

10:30-12:00          Panel 5: Nostalgia, Memory, and Archive

Ali Atef (University of Chicago) - What Moves us in Moving-image Archives? Ethnography about the Film-experience in Moving-image Archives

Iskandar Ahmad Abdalla (Free University of Berlin) - The Visual Nation: Re-claiming Egyptianness in front of the Screen

12:00-12:45          Lunch – general wrap-up of papers and steps forward

Guests are kindly requested to register by emailing info@nvic.leidenuniv.nl. Please wait for our confirmation email.

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