Oradora: Maria Brock (Centre for Baltic and East European Studies and the School of Cultural and Critical Theory at Södertörn University, Estocolmo)
Comentários de Catarina Alves Costa (CRIA).
This presentation will showcase some initial results from a project investigating the role of cinematic images in personal memory in Russia and East Germany. So far, both contexts have been subject to analyses that frequently posit a kind of pathological relationship to their pre-transition past, with little work that examines the impact of representations of the past on subjectivities. The study analyses the impact of cinema on subjective representations of history, using the example of Russian and German films that speak of the (recent) socialist past. It examines whether cinematic images help activate particular modes of identification with historical images of the nation via fantasmatic processes, and asks whether films are better equipped to provide an answer to questions about the nature of the past. If such images do have significance beyond that of giving visual shape to otherwise fragmented visions, then it opens up further potential for mythologisation and instrumentalisation. Through a comparative dimension, the project will identify particularities as well as commonalities of the ‘afterlives’ of socialism in Russia and the former German Democratic Republic (GDR), looking at how these feed into ideas of the present as well as visions of the future. The aim is to explore the relationship between history, its cinematic representation and psychic processes of identification in the postsocialist world.
Sobre a oradora:
Maria Brock is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES) at Södertörn University, Stockholm. She holds an MSc in Social and Cultural Psychology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a PhD in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck. Broadly speaking, her research is located at the interstices of the humanities and social sciences, and evaluates the psychosocial dynamics of transitional and post-transitional societies focusing on the former Eastern Bloc, and the former GDR and Russia in particular.
Sobre este seminário:
A Oficina de História e Imagem (OHI) quer ser um lugar de reflexão e debate entre criadores, investigadores e arquivistas de diferentes áreas do saber que se interessam pelo papel da imagem (fotografia, cinema, artes visuais) na mediação do passado. Através da organização de encontros de diferentes formatos, a OHI pretende estimular uma reflexão transdisciplinar sobre as metodologias analíticas, os desafios teóricos e as responsabilidades políticas inerentes ao uso de imagens para a construção do conhecimento histórico.
Os seus promotores têm diferentes percursos, especializações e objectos de pesquisa, fazendo parte do Grupo de Investigação "Cultura, Identidades e Poder" do Instituto de História Contemporânea da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.