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Cold War Spy Stories on Screen

Date & Time:
January 24, 2017 | 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
BI 561
Dr. Cheryl Dueck
The Exam, Dir. P. Bergendy, Hungary 2011

The Calgary Institute for the Humanities is pleased to present a talk by Dr. Cheryl Dueck, Cold War Spy Stories on Screen

Tuesday January 24, 2017 | 3PM | BI 561

Today’s surveillance “not only creeps and seeps, it also flows” (Lyon). How are Cold War spy stories reframed to comment on the current climate of “liquid surveillance”? This project examines how the aesthetics of surveillance provide a conduit for national stories to gain transnational resonance. The most recent films about the Cold War engage more explicitly with an international preoccupation with blanket surveillance in their aesthetic approach, their thematic content and their application of plurimedial networking. An analysis of several filmic representations of secret police will show how these productions undertake to present political ambiguity through filmic devices such as blurring, framing and representation of affect, thus speaking to the climate of fear and mistrust of all mechanisms of surveillance.             


Cheryl Dueck is Associate Professor of German and Division Chair in the School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures. Her areas of research are in Central European cinema; GDR and post-unification literature and film; cultural memory; cultural politics and gender. Recent work includes articles and book chapters on German, Hungarian, Polish and Czech films. Her current project, together with Balázs Varga, is entitled "National Pasts-Transnational Presence: Post-Socialist Cinema of Central Europe." She is author of Rifts in Time and in the Self: The Female Subject in Two Generations of East German Women Writers (Rodopi, 2004).

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow and all are welcome. 

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