Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie / Medienwissenschaft (Holl)
The research project Afterimages of Revolution and War will explore trauma- and memoryscapes of the post-revolutionary Iranian Cinema – a cinema that has regenerated and reshaped its forms of remembering against the backdrop of the Islamic Revolution’s iconoclastic storm (1979) and the subsequent eight years of war (1980-1988). Iranian cinema’s unique forms of temporal and spatial articulations, its stylistic formations and dynamics call for a closer analysis of the complex relationship between historical time and time of remembering as determined by censorship.Taking Iranian Cinema as an invitation to enter into dialogue with filmmakers, film scholars and researchers in the fields of Cultural and Middle Eastern Studies, the project aims at developing a topology of cinematic forms of remembering, including the concept of screen memory (Deckerinnerung) as both an analytical tool and a structural condition. By adopting the notion of the afterimage, the project receives a trauma theoretical framework. To capture bidirectional time structures, we will rely upon the procedure of telescopage, a term coined by Walter Benjamin to describe compression and conflation of present and past. Based on the exploration of a broader corpus of films and our own research work on filmic forms of memory the project’s objective is to elaborate theoretical, aesthetical and epistemological approaches that are suitable to engender an intercultural dialogue and cross-cultural entanglements.