Donnerstag, 28. Mai 2015, 19:00 - 20:30 iCal

Tim Hetherington and the Body at Risk

Genre Memory in War Photography and Film

Prof. Robert Burgoyne

Schreyvogelsaal, Institut für Theater-, Film und Medienwissenschaft
Hofburg, Batthyanystiege, 1010 Wien


Tim Hetherington was an Academy Award nominee in 2010 for his film Restrepo, a documentary feature film made with the journalist Sebastian Junger. In photography, he is best known for his collection of war photographs from Afghanistan entitled Infidel.

In this talk, I show how Hetherington's work foregrounds the body of the soldier as a vehicle of emotion, and as catalyst for critical rethinking. Emphasizing the body at risk, his work calls on the genre memory of past war photography and film, reaching back to Edison's "War Actualities" and the Civil War photographs of Alexander Gardner, to introduce a distinct "corpography" of contemporary war. My presentation is a response to Fredric Jameson's controversial assertion that war might in fact be "unrepresentable."

Robert Burgoyne is Chair in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. His work centers on historical representation and film, with a particular emphasis on questions of memory and emotion in film. Currently, he is working on the representation of war in film and photography. His recent book publications include The Hollywood Historical Film (Wiley Blackwell, 2008); Film Nation: Hollywood Looks at U.S. History: Revised Edition (Minnesota, 2010) and The Epic Film in World Culture (Routledge, 2011).

im Rahmen von

Land, Lense, Violence: Filmbilder moderner Massengewalt

Internationales Kolloquium des Clusters Geschichte der Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft veranstaltet vom Ludwig Boltzmann Institut für Geschichte und Gesellschaft in Kooperation mit dem Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft der Universität Wien konzipiert und organisiert von Siegfried Mattl (1954-2015) zusammen mit Drehli Robnik und Joachim Schätz


Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft


joachim Schätz
Institut für Theater-, Film- und Medienwissenschaft