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Cfp: On Strangeness and the Factory of Life: Viktor Shklovsky Then and Now.

On Strangeness and the Factory of Life: Viktor Shklovsky Then and Now
Friday, February 27, 2015
1512 IAB
Please join the Harriman Institute and Columbia University's Department of Slavic Languages for a one-day international conference that will explore Viktor Shklovsky’s intellectual legacy. In the 1910s and against the background of cataclysmic political events, Shklovsky articulated a theory of art under the rubric of “making strange” that has proven remarkably influential in later thinking about the intersection of art and politics. Almost a hundred years after Shklovsky’s first publications, this conference will assess his vast contributions to literary history and theory, cinema and media studies, as well as his wider role in the politics and culture of the last century. Conference organizer: Rad Borislavov, ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Department of Slavic Languages.
Session 1: Viktor Shklovsky and Theory Travel 9:00-11:00 am
Ilya Kliger (NYU), "A Monument to a Scientific Error as a Speculative Image: Shklovsky with Hegel"
Jessica Merrill (Stanford), “Collective Creativity and the Sources of V. B. Shklovsky’s Theory of Plot Construction”
Anne Dwyer (Pomona), “Standstill as Extinction: Viktor Shklovsky’s Poetics and Politics of Movement in the 1920s and 1930s”
Session 2: Viktor Shklovsky and Device 11:15-1:15pm
Ilya Kalinin (St. Petersburg University), “Russian Formalism and Revolution”
Serguei Oushakine (Princeton), “Building ‘the New Theater of Life’: Viktor Shklovsky, Vsevolod Meyerhold, and Aleksey Gan”
Robert Bird (U Chicago), “Articulations of (Socialist) Realism: Lukács, Platonov, Shklovsky”
Session 3: Viktor Shklovsky and Cinema 2:30-4:30 pm
Valérie Pozner (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), “Shklovsky and the Cinema: An Attempt at a Balance Sheet”
Rad Borislavov (Columbia), “Viktor Shklovsky vs. Cinema”


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