Event Information

Date & Time
May 18, 2017 - 5:30pm
Location
Roble Gym, Rm. 139
375 Santa Teresa St.
Stanford, CA
US

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Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies

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Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies presents “Performing Non-belonging and Displacement: Representing Refugee Experiences in Contemporary Screen Art”

A lecture by Dr. Nilgun Bayraktar, Assistant Professor of Film Theory and History, California College of the Arts 

With discussant Dr. Usha Iyer, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, Stanford University

Thursday, May 18, 2017

5:30pm – 7:00pm

Roble Gym Room 139, Stanford University

Free & Open to the public

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In the final presentation of this year’s Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies, Dr. Nilgun Bayraktar will explore representations of refugee narratives, experiences, and bodies in two video-art works: British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien’s Western Union: Small Boats (2007) and Turkish artist Halil Altindere’s Homeland (2015). Through close readings of these videos, Bayraktar will show how contemporary dance and music video aesthetics can shed a critical light on the plight of undocumented migrants and refugees—figures often portrayed in the media and mainstream political discourses as “invaders,” “criminals,” or “victims.”

Julien’s film Western Union, made in collaboration with British choreographer Russell Maliphant, focuses on the perilous journeys of migrants and refugees across the Mediterranean from the North African coast to Lampedusa and Sicily. Integrating the traditions of political documentary filmmaking and modern dance, Western Union examines the multilayered history of post/neo-colonial power relations within the context of contemporary forced im/mobilities. Altindere’s Homeland is a collaboration with Mohammed Abu Hajar, a Syrian rapper now based in Berlin. Abu Hajar’s vibrant rap performance in the video provides rhymes that describe refugee border crossings from Syria to Turkey, then on to Europe. Blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction, Altindere’s images depict the obstacles faced by refugees — barbed wire fences, drones, surveillance cameras, etc.

Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies 2016 - 2017 is curated around the theme of “Dance on the Move: Migration, Border Zones, and Citizenship.” For more information, visit:https://stanforddancestudies.wordpress.com. All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For any accessibility needs or to join the Colloquium email list, please contact Heather Rastovac Akbarzadeh: rastovac@stanford.edu.

The Stanford Colloquium on Dance Studies is sponsored by the Mellon “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” initiative and is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-sponsors include the Stanford Humanities Center, Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Center for South Asia, Center for Latin American Studies, Stanford Global Studies, Clayman Center for Gender Research, and the Feminisms & Queerings working group. Administrative support provided by the Department of Theater & Performance Studies.

Speakers

    • Assistant Professor of Film History, Theory & Criticism at California College of Arts
    Nilgun Bayraktar is an assistant professor of Film History, Theory & Criticism in the Visual Studies Program at California College of the Arts. Her work focuses on migrant and diasporic cinema in Europe, transnational cinema, experimental and avant-garde cinema, screen-based art, site-specific art, and performance. She received a B.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University, Istanbul and a Ph.D. in Performance...