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Thursday, October 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Food, Memory, and the Politics of Heritage Production in Film

Fabio Parasecoli, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Food Studies, The New School

In the past few decades, food has come to the forefront in cinema, to the point of prompting discussions among critics, scholars, and moviegoers about the possible emergence of a "food film" genre. Why has food come to the fore in filmmaking, and how it is used in the most successful movies?

Parasecoli argues that, due to its capacity of eliciting visceral reactions and strong feelings, the recognition of food and actions related to food helps viewers to elicit embodied memories and to identify with the characters and events they see on the screen, making the movie experience more intense. The evocative potential of moving images acquires a particular emotional depth and ideological power when cuisine and ingestion are used to elicit, create, and reinforce memories that participate in the construction of values, practices, and ideas around heritage and cultural identity.

DATE: Thursday, October 28
TIME: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: 6 East 16th Street, room 906, The New School for Social Research

Archives and Communities Series

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A collaborative project between the Cultural Memory University Seminar at Columbia University, the Engendering the Archive working group at Columbia University's Center for Social Difference, the Interdisciplinary Memory Studies Group at The New School for Social Research, and the Hemispheric Institute at NYU, Archives and Communities examines the multiple relationships between collections and collectivities. At the center of the project is a series of speakers from different disciplines and perspectives on issues related to the interplay of archives and their communities, such as social activism and the creation of archives, digital media and the democratization of archives, archives through time and space, and the "afterlife" of archives.

Wednesday, November 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Archives and Regime-Made Disaster

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Ariella Azoulay, Visual Culture and Contemporary Philosophy, Bar Ilan University
80 Fifth Avenue, room 529, The New School for Social Research

Thursday, November 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

"Trauma" and the Politics of Affect in Catastrophic Time/Space

Maurice E. Stevens, Comparative Studies, Ohio State University
754 Schermerhorn Extension, Columbia University

Monday, November 29, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Brent Hayes Edwards, English and Comparative Literature and Jazz Studies, Columbia University

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