Last week, I was fortunate to be able to attend the annual conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the biggest conference in the world focusing mainly on film. The conference took place in Chicago, which is worth a visit for its Arts Institute and Frank Lloyd Wright architecture alone. I attended several great presentations, and it was a stimulating experience to engage with so many North-American scholars and scholarly work for the first time in my life (hitherto I had only attended European conferences).
Our panel: Petar Mitric, Julia Hammett-Jamart, myself and Marco Cucco
I was part of one of two panels on co-production policies and practices, organized by the International Coproduction Research Network, a consortium of scholars from around the world working on the policies and practices that shape international coproductions. I gave a presentation on Dutch-Belgian coproduction policies from the 1960s until the 1980s, and the role of a Greater-Dutch cultural ideology in this history.
Hopper’s Nighthawks at the Arts Institute
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
I’m currently participating in the ‘European Co-production Symposium’, organized at the University of Copenhagen. Yesterday, I gave a presentation on the intersection of economic, cultural and ideological tension within the history of Dutch-Flemish co-production policy, thereby also touching upon how co-production policies relate to concepts of national and transnational cinema. It was a special presentation for me, as it was located in the same university building as where I followed courses as an Erasmus student back in 2007… Today there are industry panels with policy makers and industry professionals, including particularly intriguing talks by Roberto Olla (Eurimages), Anna Herold (European Commission) and Charlotte Appelgren (Cine Regio). I’m looking forward to further engagements with the Coproduction Research Network!
The symposium’s participants, with organizers Julia Hammet-Jamart and Petar Mitric on the left (the third organizer is Ben Harris) (photo: Nguyet Nguyen)