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MIEKE BAL FILM EVENT Logomo, Move 2 auditorium 1 September 2013, 6 pm State of Suspension 2008 |Directed by Mieke Bal & Benny Brunner Genre: Documentary.

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1 MIEKE BAL FILM EVENT Logomo, Move 2 auditorium 1 September 2013, 6 pm State of Suspension 2008 |Directed by Mieke Bal & Benny Brunner Genre: Documentary | Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles Geographically close, politically distant: Israel-Palestine in nine chapters State of Suspension is a drama of fragments in nine chapters; an unusual and provocative look at Israel, sixty years after independence. The film is a composite of satirical performances, music and poetry especially composed for the film, which transform the Israeli national anthem and the Declaration of Independence into inclusive rallying calls. These elements are interspersed with unique archival material, compelling situations, revealing statements by a variety of people, all related to the ongoing conflict and the occupation. Posing as Patriotism Inspectors, Israeli comedians Yossi and Itamar interrogate passers-by to check if they have served in the army; masquerading as officials shooting a Foreign Ministry video, they ask Jewish and Arab Israelis to apologize for the harming of innocent civilians. The hilarious interaction of these daring comedians with Israeli society, revealing aspects of its deep psyche, forms the films backbone, complemented by unique archival material, compelling interviews and dramatic situations. In-between episodes of these performances include short portraits of Israelis – Jews and Arabs – of different ages, cultural and religious backgrounds. They range from holocaust survivors to nakba survivors, from refuseniks to settlers, and from peace workers to refugees. These portraits are combined with present-day cultural manifestations of the conflict, and political attitudes vis- à-vis the Israeli Palestinians and the occupied Palestinians. Separations 2009 | Directed by Mieke Bal & Andrea Seligmann Silva Genre: Documentary | Portuguese and Dutch with English subtitles When migration runs in the family, a traumatic history looms In this autobiographical film, a diasporic Brazilian family is reunited in São Paulo. All five siblings, at one time or another, have established themselves abroad. While exploring the reasons behind this connection to the foreign in her family, Andréa, a filmmaker living in Amsterdam, interviews the members of her family. They all evoke a psychotic crisis their mother had five years ago. So Andréa begins to focus her inquiry on what took place then, as well as on the traumatic events of a generation ago. Edith, Andréas Jewish mother, was three years old when her parents escaped from Nazi Germany in 1939. The question of the migratory now turns both backwards and forwards, and danger becomes as potent a motive as the attraction to foreign places. Mieke Bal is a cultural theorist and critic, who also works as an art critic, curator and filmmaker. In her experimental social documentary films she explores the effects of global migration in everyday life and the creative possibilities provided by the constant interaction of different cultures. Bal belongs to an international group of filmmakers, Cinema Suitcase, whose approach enhances the performative quality of filmmaking as a collective process. Their aim is to facilitate the self-narration of their subjects, encountered on the basis of intimacy, rather than constructing their stories for them. (See www.miekebal.org.) Mieke Bal & Cinema Suitcase Separations (52 min) & State of Suspension (82 min) Mieke Bal introduces the films and answers questions afterwards. The event is open for all – warmly welcome! The event is organised by the research project The Experience of History and the Ethics of Storytelling in Contemporary Arts (Emil Aaltonen Foundation, 2013–15) in collaboration with the Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction (mcnet.utu.fi) and Film Centre of Southwest Finland. It will be followed by an international symposium The Ethics of Storytelling: War, Trauma, Vulnerability (2–3 September 2013). For more information, see www.utu.fi/en/units/hum/units/comparativeliterature/research/Pages/experience-of- history.aspx.

2 THE ETHICS OF STORYTELLING: WAR, TRAUMA, VULNERABILITY University of Turku, 1–3 September 2013 Monday, 2 September Janus, Sirkkala (Kaivokatu 12) 10.00–10.15Hanna Meretoja (University of Turku & University of Tampere): Welcome words: The Experience of History and the Ethics of Storytelling 10.15–11.15Mieke Bal (University of Amsterdam): Art Moves: A Cultural Analysis 11.15–12.15Max Silverman (University of Leeds): Palimpsestic Memory and the Ethics of Storytelling Lunch 13.15–14.15 Colin Davis (Royal Holloway, University of London): Dont Mention the War: The Afterlives of Levinas and Althusser 14.15–15.15 Jens Brockmeier (Freie Universität Berlin & University of Manitoba): If Wittgensteins Lion Could Tell Stories, Could We Understand Them? On the Cultural Ethics of Understanding Coffee Minerva, E325 (Kaivokatu 12) 15.45–16.05Ilona Hongisto (University of Turku): The Ethics of Documentary Fabulation 16.05–16.25 Riitta Jytilä (University of Turku): The Ethics of Literary Dialogue 16.25–16.45 Mia Hannula (University of Turku): The Ethics of Migratory Aesthetics 16.45–17.15 Discussion Sunday, 1 September Logomo, Move 2 auditorium (Köydenpunojankatu 14) 18.00Film Screening: Mieke Bal & Cinema Suitcase Separations (52 min) & State of Suspension (82 min) Mieke Bal introduces the films and answers questions afterwards. The symposium explores how different forms of storytelling – such as those developed by contemporary literature and audiovisual arts – enable different ways of coming to terms with traumatic historical experiences, particularly with experiences of war and other political conflicts, such as the Second World War, its aftermath, and the experiences of violence linked to colonialism and migration. It focuses on the ethical dimension of storytelling through which the arts attempt to deal with such traumatic experiences in ways that address the complex vulnerabilities of the subjects of experience. The symposium discusses different aspects of the ethics of storytelling – from the intertwinement of storytelling with practices of power to the capacity of alternative modes of storytelling to produce experiential understanding of history that unsettles dominant historical narratives. Rather than thinking of storytelling in terms of representing events, the symposium will explore ways of conceptualising storytelling from the perspective of the subject of experience and in terms of imagining the possible, in ways that undermine the dichotomy between fact and fiction. From this perspective, it will discuss the ethical potential of storytelling that lies in its power to enlarge the possibilities of acting and thinking, imagining and experiencing. The event is organised by the research project The Experience of History and the Ethics of Storytelling in Contemporary Arts (Emil Aaltonen Foundation, 2013–15) in collaboration with the Network for Research on Multiculturalism and Societal Interaction (mcnet.utu.fi) and the Turku University Foundation. For more information, see www.utu.fi/en/units/hum/units/comparativeliterature/research/Pages/experience-of-history.aspx. Tuesday, 3 September The Lecture Hall Mikro (Kiinamyllynkatu 13) 9.00–9.55Anu Koivunen (Stockholm University): Affective Histories, Traumatic Memories. The Politics of Re-Enactment in Auf Wiedersehen Finnland (Virpi Suutari 2010) 10.00–10.55Miguel Ángel Hernández Navarro (University of Murcia): Art of History: Writing Past Through Images 11.00–11.55Brian Schiff (The American University of Paris):The Use of History for My Life Narrative: Palestinians at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Lunch & Project meeting Janus, Sirkkala (Kaivokatu 12) 14.00–14.20Kaisa Kaakinen (Cornell University & University of Turku): Displaced but Material History: Embodied Reading in Peter Weisss The Aesthetics of Resistance 14.20–14.40Nora Hämäläinen (University of Helsinki): History Through the Lens of a Life and a Life Through the Lens of History – The Case of Doris Lessings Parents 14.40–15.00Lotta Kähkönen (University of Turku): Life Writing and Gender Variance: Imagining Alternative Ethics and New Knowledge 15.00–15.30Discussion and closing words


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