Reading Godard: Intertextuality and the Film and Video Work of Jean-Luc Godard

April 5-7, 2002, University of Iowa

Godard is the most allusive of filmmakers. This conference will therefore seek to closely investigate some important intertextual links in his work. Speakers from Europe, Canada and the United States will cover such areas as Godard and the written word, Godard and the image, and Godard and the body. In addition, a wide selection of rarely seen films and videos will be screened.

-Conference Schedule-

Thursday, April 4th

  • 7:30 PM: Videotheque of rare Godard shorts (c. 75 min.) BCSB 101

Friday, April 5th

  • 6:30 PM: Opening Comments and Welcome BCSB 101
    (Professor Alan Nagel, Department Chair/ Chris Babey, Conference Chair)

  • 7:00 PM: 35 mm Film Screening: Bande a part (Jean-Luc Godard, 1964, 92 min.) BCSB 101
  • 9:00 PM: Reception for Conference Participants and Invited Guests:
    The Motley Cow Café, 327 E. Market Street

Saturday, April 6th

  • 9:00 AM: Coffee, Foyer of BCSB
  • 10:00 AM: Panel #1 – Godard and the Image BCSB 101 (Moderator: Jennifer Wild, University of Iowa)
    • Michael Witt (University of Surrey, Roehampton): “The Pillage of the Archives”
    • Glen Norton (York University, Toronto): “The Hermeneutics of Immediacy: Intertextuality in Nouvelle Vague
    • Patrick Kinsman (University of Indiana): “Fly the Godardian Skies”
    • Louis Schwartz (University of Iowa): “Photogramme: ‘If I Were a Writer'”
  • 12:00 PM: Lunch (on your own)
  • 2:00 PM: Screening: 35 mm print of Lettre a Freddy Buache (Jean-Luc Godard, 1982, 11 min.) and archival Beta SP tape of The Old Place (Mieville/Godard, 2000, 47 min.) BCSB 101
  • 3:30 PM: Panel #2 – Godard and the Written Word BCSB 101 (Moderator: Michael Meneghetti, University of Iowa)
    • Joel Haycock (University of Massachusetts Medical School): “Modernism and Maoism Intersect at O: Political Iconography in Godard”
    • Chris Babey (University of Iowa): “Godard’s Merleau-Pontyan Encounter”
    • Elizabeth Hope Finnegan (SUNY Buffalo): “‘[Lear] I Nothing am’: Locating the (no)thing in Godard’s King Lear
    • Mickey Greene (University of Iowa): “‘What’s in the Script Isn’t What’s on the Screen’: Mass Culture and Writing in Adorno and Godard”
  • 6:00 PM (6:30): Dinner and Party: Home of Professor Corey Creekmur

Sunday, April 7th

  • 9:30 AM: Coffee, Foyer of BCSB
  • 10:00 AM: Panel #3 – Godard and the Body BCSB 101 (Moderator: Franck Le Gac, University of Iowa)
    • Susanne Vincenz (Freie Universitat, Berlin): “Effect of the Text – Literalness of the Body: Intertexual Transfer of the Filmic Character in Godard’s Le mépris
    • André Habib (Universite de Montreal): “Godard’s Bodies: Cinema, Sports, Truth”
    • Bart Testa (University of Toronto): “Hail Mary and Feminist Intertexts: Body, Gnosis, and Christian Theology”
  • 11:45 AM: Final Roundtable Discussion and Clips BCSB 203
  • 1:00 PM: Conference Ends
  • 3:30 PM: Repeat of Videotheque (c. 75 min.) BCSB 101
  • 7:00 PM 35 mm Screening of Soigne ta droite (Jean-Luc Godard, 1987, 82 min.) BCSB 101

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