A Film Scholarship without Films? Reimagining the History of Israeli Cinema Culture through the Archive

The International Association for Media and History (IAMHIST) & The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University

 July 5-6, 2022

 

All sessions take place at the Mexico Building, Room 206A (with live streaming via Zoom)

Event is free to attend

Registration link:

https://bit.ly/tisch-symposium

Programme PDF:

Film Scholarship without Films Programme


Schedule:

Tuesday 5 July 

09:00-09:30: Registration

09:30-10:30: Greetings and Opening Lecture

Eran Neuman, Dean of the Yolanda and David Katz Faculty of the Arts, Tel Aviv University

Ohad Landesman, Interim Head of Cinema Studies Track, The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University

Dan Chyutin and Yael Mazor, Conference Organizers, Tel Aviv University: “If you build it, they will come”: Notes Towards a Future History of Israeli Cinema

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 Panel A: Reimagining the Archive and Alternate Film Histories (Chair: Ohad Landesman, Tel Aviv University)

Dan Chyutin: ‘From Israeli Film to Israeli Film Culture: Reimagining the 1950s’

Boaz Hagin, Tel Aviv University: ‘The Living Desert: Reimagining and Film Discourse in Israel before the 1970s’

Olga Gershenson, University of Massachusetts-Amherst: ‘New Israeli Horror: Film History Without Films’

12:15-12:30: Coffee Break

12:30-14:00 Panel B: Transnational Connections and Cultural Diplomacy (Chair: Yael Mazor, Tel Aviv University)

Giora Goodman, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee: ‘Israeli Films and Israeli Cultural Diplomacy, 1948-1967’

Naomi Rolef, independent scholar: ‘The Twists and Turns of German Influence in Early Israeli Cinema: An Archival Journey’

Hilla Lavie, Hebrew University: ‘”An Authentic and Optimistic Israeli Story”: West German Television Imagines Israel after the Six Day War (1967)’

14:00-15:15 Lunch Break

15:15-16:45 Panel C: Beyond Textual Analysis: Production and Reception (Chair: Dan Chyutin, Tel Aviv University)

Rachel S. Harris, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign: ‘Eldorado: Israel’s First Film Noir’

Elad Wexler, Ethiopian Jewry Heritage Center: ‘The Way to Hole in the Moon (1965): How Early Drafts of the Script Lead to a New and Deeper Understanding of the Film’

Iddo Better Pocker and Orit Rozin, Tel Aviv University: ‘Operation Thunderbolt Between Cinematic Blockbuster and National Propaganda’

16:45-17.15 Coffee Break

17.15-18.30 Panel D: Creative Biographies (Chair: Pablo Utin, Tel Aviv University)

Israela Shaer-Meoded, Tel Aviv University: ‘Witnessing Beyond Borders: On Edna Politi’s Cinematic Testimony of Palestinian Life During the Yom Kippur War (1973)’

David Shalit, independent scholar: ‘Print My Legend: The Americanization of Menachem Golan’

18.30-19.00 Coffee Break and Light Refreshments

 19:00-20.00 Event: Artist Talk

A conversation with filmmaker Amos Gitai on the stakes of personal archiving


Wednesday 6 July

09:30-11:00 Panel E: The Limits of Israeli Film Culture (Chair: Ori Levin, Tel Aviv University)

Jonathan Yovel, University of Haifa: ‘The Subversive and the Repulsive: a Sociolegal History of the Aesthetics of Censorship over Films in Israel’

Ori Yaakobovich, Tel Aviv University: ‘Anatomy of Censorship: Censorship of Foreign Cinematic Sexuality by the Israeli Hegemony’

Rotem Yifat, independent scholar: ‘Making Film History through Legislation: The Case of the Israel Film Fund’

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

11:30-13:30 Archivist Roundtable

Deborah Steinmetz, Director, Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive

Omri Horesh, Director, Tel Aviv Cinematheque Film Library

Uri Kolodney, Film and Video and Hebrew, Jewish, and Israel Studies Liaison Librarian, University of Texas Libraries

Marat Parkhomovsky, Co-Creator, Israeli Cinema Testimonial Database

Noa Ben Ya’akov, Archivist, Yad Tabenkin Research and Documentation Center of the Kibbutz Movement

Hila Abraham, Digital Archive Program Director, Jerusalem Cinematheque-Israel Film Archive

13:30-14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-16:00 Film History and Digital Humanities: Methodological Workshop 1

Christian Olesen, University of Amsterdam: ‘Rethinking New Cinema History Methods with Jean Desmet’s Digitized Business Archive: Textual and Visual Approaches’

16:00-16:15 Coffee Break

16:15-17:45 Film History and Digital Humanities: Methodological Workshop 2

Sarah-Mai Dang, Philipps-Universität Marburg: ‘Visualizing Research: Reflecting Data-based Methods in Digital Film History’

17:45-18:15 Coffee Break

18:15-19:45 Keynote Lecture

Eric Hoyt, Professor of Media Production and Associate Professor of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison: ‘Global Movie Magazines, Hollywood Pressbooks, and the Data of Media History’

Respondent: Yael Netzer, University of Haifa


Conference Organizers: Dan Chyutin and Yael Mazor | Conference Producer: Alon Judkovsky

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