Afterimages of Revolution and War. Trauma- and Memoryscapes in the Postrevolutionary Iranian Cinema
Third-party funded project
Project title Afterimages of Revolution and War. Trauma- and Memoryscapes in the Postrevolutionary Iranian Cinema
Principal Investigator(s) Holl, Ute
Co-Investigator(s) Wittmann, Matthias
Project Members Heidari, Hossein
Organisation / Research unit Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie / Medienwissenschaft (Holl)
Project start 01.04.2015
Probable end 31.03.2018
Status Completed

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.

Keywords Iranian Cinema, Trauma, Memory, Revolution, War
Financed by Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Published results ()

  ID Autor(en) Titel ISSN / ISBN Erschienen in Art der Publikation
3674747  Wittmann, Matthias  Krieg und Revolution im Kino des Iran. Eine Telescopage    Mittelweg 36. Zeitschrift des Hamburger Instituts für Sozialforschung  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3674811  Wittmann, Matthias  Stadt der Widersprüche. Stadt der Revolutionen. Eine Reise unter die Haut von Teheran  0257-7852  film bulletin. Zeitschrift für Film und Kino  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 
3697788  Wittmann, Matthias  Image Under Construction (II). Notizen vom FAJR Festival in Teheran      Publication: Discussion paper / Internet publication 
3697796  Wittmann, Matthias  Image Under Construction. Alles voller Schlupflöcher zwischen Code und Gegencode – aber der Teheraner Alltag unterliegt einer anderen Zensur als der Film  1867-8742 ; 1867-8750  Cargo. Film. Medien. Kultur  Publication: JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift) 

Documents ()


Cooperations ()

  ID Kreditinhaber Kooperationspartner Institution Laufzeit - von Laufzeit - bis
3702033  Holl, Ute; Wittmann, Matthias  Akrami, Jamsheed, key note lecture  William Paterson University  02.11.2016  05.11.2016 
3702048  Holl, Ute; Wittmann, Matthias  Eslami, Mazyar, key note lecture  Porsesh Institute  02.11.2016  05.11.2016 
3702053  Holl, Ute; Wittmann, Matthias  Saljoughi, ,Sara, key note lectures  Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto  02.11.2016  05.11.2016 
3702056  Holl, Ute; Wittmann, Matthias  Eslami, Majid, key note lecture  24 Film Magazin  02.11.2016  05.11.2016 
3702059  Holl, Ute; Wittmann, Matthias  Saeed-Vafa, Mehrnaz, key note lecture  professor and associate chair in the Cinema Art + Science department of Columbia College Chicago  02.11.2016  05.11.2016 

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