Keynote & Plenary Speakers

Keynote: Lúcia Nagib – The Horizontal Spread of a Vertical Malady: Cosmopolitanism and History in Brazil’s Latest Cinematic Sensation

photo_L_Nagib2_resizedLúcia Nagib is Professor of Film and Director of the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures at the University of Reading. Her research has focused, among other subjects, on polycentric approaches to world cinema, new waves and new cinemas, cinematic realism and intermediality. She is the author of World Cinema and the Ethics of Realism (Continuum, 2011), Brazil on Screen: Cinema Novo, New Cinema, Utopia (I.B. Tauris, 2007), The Brazilian Film Revival: Interviews with 90 Filmmakers of the 90s (Editora 34, 2002), Born of the Ashes: The Auteur and the Individual in Oshima’s Films (Edusp, 1995), Around the Japanese Nouvelle Vague (Editora da Unicamp, 1993) and Werner Herzog: Film as Reality (EstaçãoLiberdade, 1991). She is the editor of Impure Cinema: Intermedial and Intercultural Approaches to Film (with Anne Jerslev, 2013), Theorizing World Cinema (with Chris Perriam and Rajinder Dudrah, I.B. Tauris, 2011), Realism and the Audiovisual Media (with Cecília Mello, Palgrave, 2009), The New Brazilian Cinema (I.B. Tauris, 2003), Master Mizoguchi (Navegar, 1990) and Ozu (Marco Zero, 1990).


Plenary: Mariano Mestman – Technology and social change. Debates about film, video and tv practices between First and Third World filmmakers (1974) 

Mariano Mestman is a Researcher at the National Council of Scientific Research (CONICET) and at the Institute “Gino Germani” of  University of Buenos Aires, both in Argentina. He received a PhD in Film History from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain (2004), and he was a postdoctoral researcher at Universitá di Roma 3, Italy (2008). Mestman is codirector of the Red de Historia de los Medios, from University of Buenos Aires ( His academic work focuses on historical cultural analysis, including art and cinema studies: New Latin American Cinema, Third Cinema, avanguarde and political films. He is coauthor of the book Del Di Tella a Tucumán Arde.Vanguardia artística y política en el 68 argentino (2000) and coeditor of the book Masas, pueblo, multitud en cine y televisión (2013). He recently published Estados Generales del Tercer Cine. Los documentos de Montreal, 1974 (2014), a Journal and dvd with unedited and previously unpublished audiovisual material from theRencontres Internationales pour un Nouveau Cinéma, the main international political cinema conference of the long 60s., held in Montreal in 1974. He has also published articles in academic journals, including New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film; Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies; Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art & Culture; Social Identities.Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, among others.

Plenary: Felicity Collins – Disturbing the peace: the ghost in genres of reconciliation

Felicity Collins is Reader/Associate Professor in the Department of Creative Arts and English at La Trobe University. She has published widely on Australian screen culture, its institutions, its feminist interventions, its popular genres (particularly comedy), and its imbrication with the history wars and the politics of reconciliation. She is the author of Australian Cinema after Mabo with Therese Davis, and The Films of Gillian Armstrong. Her work is informed by memory and trauma studies, and contributes to debates on anticolonial ethics, aesthetics, publics and performance. She is writing a monograph on the Blak Wave’s uptake of popular television genres and formats. She is the editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Australian Cinema with Susan Bye and Jane Landman (forthcoming 2017).