IU’s Center for Documentary Research and Practice hosts seminar on legacy of colonialism

Post courtesy of IU Newsroom intern Amanda N. Marino:

Documentary media and historical transformations will be the focus of the first Sawyer Seminar hosted by Indiana University’s Center for Documentary Research and Practice.

Intended as part of a five-part series, the two-day event will be led by Joshua Malitsky, director of the center and an associate professor in The Media School, and Marissa Moorman, an associate professor in the Department of History.

The seminar “Documentary and the Legacies of Colonialism: Images, Institutions, and Economies” will include films screenings, lecture and a round-table discussion Sept.15 and 16 at IU Cinema.


“Afrique, Je’Te Plumerai (Africa, I Will Fleece You)” will be screened at IU Cinema Thursday, Sept. 15, as part of the Sawyer Seminars. Director Jean-Marie Téno will answer questions after the film.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, a selection of Indian colonial and post-colonial films will be screened and curated by Priya Jaikumar, an associate professor of cinema and media studies from the University of Southern California.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, IU Cinema will host a screening of director Jean-Marie Téno’s “Afrique, Je’Te Plumerai (Africa, I Will Fleece You).” A question-and-answer session with the director will take place after the screening.

At 9 a.m. Friday, Lee Grieveson will deliver the lecture “Documentary and the Long 20th Century.” Grieveson is the director of the graduate program in film studies at University College London. His lecture will focus on the formation of documentary as a genre and how it can be used as a tool.

Jaikumar will also host a lecture at 11 a.m. Friday, “Film Space and State Space in Documentary Cinema.”

The second major film screening, “Mueda, Memória E Massacre (Mueda, Memory and Massacre)” will follow Jaikumar’s lecture at 1:30 p.m. After the film, Chicago-based anti-apartheid/Southern African activist Prexy Nesbitt will host a question-and-answer session.

The final major seminar event will be a round-table discussion on nonfiction cinema and colonialism at 4 p.m. Malitsky is scheduled to participate along with Gregory Waller, Provost Professor of cinema and media studies in The Media School; Michael S. Dodson, director of the Dhar India Studies Program; Michael Martin, director of the Black Film Center/Archive; and Susan Seizer, associate professor of anthropology.

This series is sponsored by Center for Documentary Research and Practice, The Media School, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Mellon Foundation and IU Cinema.

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