Film and Media Studies



Deaf Cinema: Closed Captioning, Audio Description, and the Reinvention of Silent Film

Monday, September 18
4:00 pm–7:20 pm
Dauer Hall 215

4:05 pm OPENING REMARKS, Dr. Mary Watt (Associate Dean, CLAS)

4:10 pm Jean-François Cornu, “‘Deafness’ in subtitled and Dubbed Versions”

Jean-François Cornu is a professional translator specialising in subtitling and the translation from English into French of books on cinema and art. A former Senior Lecturer at the University of Rennes-2, France, he is now an independent film researcher who focuses on the history and practice of film translation, and the work of Alfred Hitchcock. In 2014, he published the monograph Le doublage et le sous-titrage : histoire et esthétique (Dubbing and subtitling: history and aesthetics) (Presses universitaires de Rennes). With Carol O’Sullivan, he is currently co-editing The Translation of Films, 1900s–1940s, an edited volume laying the ground for the new field of film translation history (forthcoming 2018). He is a member of the Association des Traducteurs Adaptateurs de l’Audiovisuel (ATAA), the French association of audiovisual translators, and co-editor of its e-journal L’Écran traduit.

5:00 pm Michel Chion, “Intertitles or captions in some recent neo-silent films: Pastiche or Reinvention” (Skype talk)

Michel Chion teaches at several institutions in France and currently holds the post of Associate Professor at the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. Chion is a composer of musique concrète, a filmmaker, an associate professor at the Université de Paris, and a prolific writer on film, sound, and music. His books include The Voice in Cinema edited and translated by Claudia Gorbman, (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999); Film, A Sound Art and Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen. Film: A Sound Art. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011); Audio-Vision: Sound on Screen (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994); Sound: An Acoulogical Treatise (Durham: Duke University Press, 2016); and Words on Screen, edited and translated by Claudia Gorbman, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017).

5:45 pm Peter Szendy, “Phrasing the Moving Image”

Peter Szendy is Professor of Philosophy at the Université de Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-La Défense. Szendy is also a musicologist. His many books include Listen: a history of our ears, with a foreword by Jean-Luc Nancy, (Fordham University Press, 2008); Philosophy in the Jukebox, (Fordham University Press, 2011); and Phantom Limbs: On Musical Bodies (Fordham University Press, 2015).

6:50 pm-7:10 pm Round-Table: Jean-François Cornu, Peter Szendy, Dror Abend-David, Sylvie Blum, and Richard Burt.

This event is organized by Sylvie Blum (LLC/Film) and Richard Burt (English/Film) at the University of Florida. It is co-sponsored by a grant from the French Embassy for Centers for Excellence, the University of Florida Office of Research, the Department of English, and the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

This event is free and open to all.


Better Late Than Never

Better Late than Never: French Feature Films of the 1970–80s Address the Occupation and the Shoah

December 6
Harn Museum Auditorium


Pedagogy 24 Frames Per Second: Film and Media in the Classroom


February 26-28
University of Florida

Graduate Film Studies Group / FLEX

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Film Events

September 12–October 13

Latino Film Festival at the Harn Museum of Art. For more information, please visit the film festival's website or download the schedule.

October 2

Screening of 12th and Delaware (HBO documentary), with director Rachel Grady moderated by Churchill Roberts, 4:30pm, in Pugh Hall (part of the Reproductive Rights Symposium).

October 9

FLEX presents Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me at 8 p.m. at Wooly, 20 N. Main St.

November 4 & 6

Japanese Film Mini-Series, two films by Imamura Yohei, 8 p.m., Reitz Union Auditorium. These events are co-sponsored by Film and Media Studies. For more information, download the event description.

November 6

FLEX presents A Band Called Death at 8 p.m. at Wooly, 20 N. Main St.

February 21–23

FLEXfest, the annual Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, will hold its tenth annual international film festival in downtown Gainesville. For more information, see the FLEX WWW site.

Related Media Arts Events

October 4–November 15

Video Installation by Naomi Fisher, University Gallery. For more information on the installation, download a description.

October 14

Dr. Hui-shu Lee (UCLA), “Picturing West Lake,” Harn Eminent Scholar in Art History lecture on Southern Song painting (12-13c) in Huangzhou, China, 6 p.m., Harn Museum auditorium. For more information, view the event poster.

October 24–26

13th annual English Graduate Organization conference “Wish You Were Here: Positions, Interactions, and Environments.” The keynote speaker will be Mathias Nilges (St. Francis Xavier University). For more information, see the conference CFP.

DV China and Social Change

February 2-4, 2011

Co-sponsored by Asian Studies and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia, The Office of Research, International Center, Harn Museum of Art, and The Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars, with the support of Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Center for Film and Media Studies at the University of Florida, and REC Foundation. For more information contact Ying Xiao at or 352-392-6539.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

4:30 pm, Turlington Hall Room 2328

Film Screening of Empty (Dir. Zhao Bing, 2010, 90 min) followed by a Q&A session with the filmmaker. The film tells the life of a farmer in China, De Fu, who has a totally different life than Li Jing, a girl who lives in Beijing. The common thread between them is the desire to find true love. Chinese with English subtitles.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

5:15 pm, Chandler Auditorium, Harn Museum of Art

Film Screening of Floating (Dir. Huang Weikai, 2005, 93 min) followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and a Chinese New Year reception with food and drinks. The film tells the tale of Yang, a singer who makes a living by singing in the underpass of an urban business center in the city of Guangzhou. Chinese with English subtitles.

Friday, February 4, 2011

1:30pm, Pugh Hall 210


Film & Philosophy: How Films Think

Organized by the Graduate Film Studies Group. Sponsored by the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere with support from the Yavitz Fund. Co-sponsored by the Digital Assembly

University of Florida
November 5-7, 2010
Deadline for submissions: October 1, 2010

A title card in Jean-Luc Godard’s 1966 film Masculin-Féminin quotes Maurice Merleau-Ponty, stating, “le philosophe et le cinéaste ont en commun une certaine manière d’être, une certaine vue du monde qui est celle d’une generation”—“the philosopher and the director have in common a certain way of being, a certain view of the world, which is that of a generation.” This quote raises several questions: What is the place of philosophy vis-à-vis film? Does the filmmaker dictate the philosophy of a film? To what extent is philosophy made manifest in film? Does film exceed philosophy in expressing or exploring metaphysics, epistemology, and other human concerns? These have been key questions in the study of the moving image throughout the discipline’s history. In The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film (1971), Stanley Cavell would propose a philosophy of film as a moving image of skepticism by reworking Cartesian methodological doubt. Recently, scholars have moved from the classical question “What is cinema,” posed by Bazin and Cavell, to new questions: What was cinema and how will the medium shift in the new digital landscape? How will these digital images engage in and with philosophy? Perhaps the moving image is philosophy, regardless of apparatus specificity or authorial intent.

We invite proposals for 15-20 minute presentations that contribute to the growing conversation concerning film's relationship to philosophy. Broad theoretical papers and papers on specific films or filmmakers are welcome. In addition to the questions raised above, possible topics include but are not limited to:

Please send 250-500 word abstracts and all other inquiries to by October 1, 2010. Please include a brief biography or CV with your abstract.


The Sorry and The PityRoundtable Discussion: Marcel Ophuls' The Sorrow and the Pity

Monday, November 23, 4-6 pmA roundtable discussion and clip projections of the film which has been recognized as one of the best documentaries ever made. The film documents the French collaboration, anti-Semitism, but also French resistance, during the WWII.


Roundtable Participants: Professors Sylvie Blum, Eric Kligerman, Maureen Turim and Brigitte Weltman-Aron.

Refreshments will be served.

The screening of the entire film will be scheduled in the Center for Jewish Studies in the week preceding the event.

2009 FLEXfestFLEXfest 2010

Sunday, February 21-Tuesday, February 23
Details coming soon.

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