— Delphine Bedel

International Conference: Shared History / Decolonising the Image:

International Conference ‘Shared History / Decolonising the Image’
University of Amsterdam, 1-2-3 June 2006

Conference Programme:

Tursday 1 June 2006

10.40 Welcome address and introduction: Sophie Berrebi and Julia Noordegraaf, conference organisers.
11.00 Opening address: Ieme van der Poel (UvA): Spectres of Decolonisation: From the Dutch East Indies to Algeria and beyond.
11.30 – 13.00 Panel 1: Images of War
Patricia Pisters (UvA): The Battle of Algiers and other Perspectives on the Algerian Independence War.
John Kleinen (UvA): Framing Decolonization. A Review of French and Vietnamese cinema of the 1st Indochina War.
14.30 16.30 Panel 2: The Legacy of Decolonisation and its Images
Pamela Pattynama (UvA): (Post)Colonial Memories in Dutch Cinema.
Désirée Schyns (Hogeschool Gent, UvA): The hidden Algerian War in Michael Haneke’s Caché (Hidden).
Mireille Rosello (UvA): Putting oneself in the Picture. Empire and chaotic Gazing.
17.00 – 18.00 Artist’s Presentation: Discussion between filmmakers Malek Bensmail and Karim Traïdia and producer Rocky Tuhuteru.
20.00 Screening in the presence of the directors:
‘Verdrietig is verleden tijd’ [Sadness is in the past] by Karim Traïdia (2005) and ‘Alienations’ by Malek Bensmail (2004)

Friday 2 June 2006

9.30 – 11.00 Panel 3: Decolonising the Colonial Fantasy
Emmanuelle Radar (UvA): ‘Ceci n’est pas une petite tonkinoise’. On ‘decolonising’ Joséphine Baker.
Nicolas Bancel (Université Strasbourg II-Marc Bloch): The Colonial Maelstrom.
11.30 – 13.00 Panel 4 Decolonising Films
Elizabeth Ezra (University of Stirling, Scotland): Cutting off the Colonial Past. Historical Trauma in the Films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Guido Convents (SIGNIS, co-coordinator / director of the Belgian African Film Festival) [Speaker to be confirmed].
14.30 – 16.00 Panel 5: Iconographies and the making of Colonial History
(Organised by Marga Altena, Visual Culture Study Group of the Huizinga Institute).
Lizzy van Leeuwen (Meertens Institute in Amsterdam): Seduction Interrupted. The ‘Indies Girl’ and Images of Decolonization.
Frances Gouda (UvA): Deploying Photography. Representations of Indonesian Elites, Nationalism, and Visions of Independence, 1900-1949.
16.30 – 17.30 Artist’s Presentation: Martine Derain

From 20.30 Visit to the exhibition Shared History/Decolonising the Image at Arti & Amicitiae in the presence of the artists and the curators. Performance by Otobong Nkanga.

Saturday 3 June

9.30 – 11.00 Panel 6: Contemporary Film
Katinka van Heeren (Leiden University): Film genres. Shifts in Indonesian Imaginations and Representations of Colonization.
Ratiba Hadj-Moussa (York University, Toronto) Centrality and Marginality in Contemporary Algerian Films.
11.30 – 13.00 Panel 7: Visualizing Processes of Decolonisation in Museums
Françoise Vergès (Goldsmiths, London) [title to be announced]
Janneke van Dijk (Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam) Eastward Bound. An Exhibition on Dutch Colonialism in a postcolonial Time.
14.30 – 16.00 Panel 8: Postcolonial Identity and the Urban Environment
Abidin Kusno (University of British Columbia, Vancouver): Colonial Cities in Motion. Visual Environment and Popular Radicalism.
Michelle Provoost (Crimson, Rotterdam): New Towns in the Developing World. Emancipation Machines between Nation building and Cold War Politics.
16.00 – 16.30 closing remarks

16.30 – 18.00 Visit to the exhibition Shared History/Decolonising the Image at W139 Post CS.
Presentation of the exhibition by the curators, Delphine Bedel and Sophie Berrebi.