UWM hosts international conference on world cinemas

World Cinemas Global Networks conferenceAuthorities on world cinema, an art form on the rise even while many point to the obsolescence of film itself, will converge at an international conference held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) April 27-28.

The “World Cinemas, Global Networks” conference will explore filmmaking across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, and take stock of the transnational trends, aesthetic features and geopolitical exchanges that have contributed to the flourishing world cinema.

The free, public conference will be held at the Hefter Conference Center, 3271 N. Lake Dr., and runs from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. each day.

Hosted by UWM’s Center for International Education (CIE), the conference will feature presentations by 18 distinguished cinema scholars and film critics.

This is CIE’s 12th annual conference, and it is co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at UWM. Visit the website – www.worldcinemasglobalnetworks.uwm.edu – for the complete conference program. A sampling of the speakers:


Hamid Naficy, Northwestern University
A leading authority in postcolonial cinemas and media, and of Iranian and Middle Eastern cinemas, Naficy has published extensively on these and allied topics. His latest work is the four-volume book, “A Social History of Iranian Cinema,” which has just been published.

Bhaskar Sarkar, University of California, Santa Barbara
The author of “Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition” (2009), Sarkar specializes in postcolonial media theory, cultural theory and Asian cinemas.

Adrian Martin, Monash University, Australia
Martin is a film critic and professional writer who has written extensively on film, art, television, literature, music, and popular and avant-garde culture.


Neepa Majumdar, University of Pittsburgh
Majumdar’s research interests include star studies, film sound, South Asian early cinema and documentary film. Her recently published “Wanted Cultured Ladies Only! Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s to 1950s,” won an honorable mention in the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ First Book Award category in 2011.

Jonathan Rosenbaum, Film Critic and Writer
In addition to working as film critic for the Chicago Reader from 1987 to 2008, Rosenbaum has authored numerous books on film culture and criticism, including “Goodbye Cinema, Hello Cinephilia: Film Culture in Transition,” published in 2010.

Luisela Alvaray, DePaul University
Alvaray specializes in Latin American cinema, global media and cultural studies. Her articles have appeared in numerous film and media-studies journals, and she has published two books in Spanish.

About the Center for International Education:

CIE is committed to developing, promoting and sustaining exciting international education initiatives for UWM, Wisconsin and the nation. As a comprehensive international programs office, CIE connects domestic and international students and scholars with on-campus and overseas research and learning opportunities while expanding public access to UWM’s international resources. www.international.uwm.edu