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Documentary Filmmaking as Scholarly Practice

Documentary Filmmaking as Scholarly Practice
91 Charles Street W., Victoria College Chapel
Time: Apr 6th, 3:00 pm End: Apr 6th, 5:00 pm
Interest Categories: Slavic Studies (FAS), History (FAS), Historical Studies (UTM), Historical and Cultural Studies (UTSC), East Asian Studies (FAS), Diaspora/Transnational, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC), 1900-1950
Lecture by Thomas LaHusen, Distinguished Professor of History & Comparative Literature, University of Toronto

The Comparative Literature Course Union cordially invites you to the inaugural talk in the Emerging Research in Comparative Literature Series:

Thomas Lahusen, Distinguished Professor of History and Comparative Literature

Documentary Filmmaking as Scholarly Practice

After outlining his methodology as a researcher and as a documentary filmmaker, Prof Lahusen will briefly describe the films he has been able to complete during the last 10 years. As an example, he will screen the first cut of a one-hour film entitled "Manchurian Memories." Using archival footage and photographs, as well as footage shot in 2009, 2013 and 2014, the film addresses the memories of Russians, Poles, and Jews who inhabited Manchuria and the city of Harbin, the memories of the Japanese urban inhabitants and rural settlers who lived in Manchuria between 1932 and 1945 (and their tragic exodus after the Soviet invasion of 1945), and the "local" residents, the Chinese, who emigrated to Manchuria when the Qing emperors opened their "preserve" to the impoverished inhabitants of different provinces within the Great Wall. In so doing, the film addresses the issue of the "memory industry" and its commercial and political use today.
This event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.  For further information, please contact the Centre for Comparative Literature at (46) 813-4041.

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