- Professor Joram ten Brink, Director of Centre for Production and Research in Documentary Film (CPRD) and Coordinator of film and moving image research at CREAM at the University of Westminster, on “The Act of Killing”
He will talk about a documentary he recently produced: “The Act of Killing”, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and a major outcome of the Arts & Humanities Research Council’s Genocide and Genre Research Project awarded to CREAM (The Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media) at the University of Westminster. The documentary challenges former Indonesian death squad leaders to re-enact their real-life mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers. The film has received widespread critical acclaim most recently at the Toronto and the Berlin Film Festivals.
Joram ten Brink studied musicology and visual anthropology in Holland before moving to England to study film/TV in London. He completed his PhD in 1999 at Middlesex University (with Prof. Roy Armes) on “The Essay Film”. He has worked since as a director and writer of film and TV in the UK, The Netherlands, Israel, Austria and other European countries. His films and videos have been shown internationally on broadcast television and at major film festivals, film venues and galleries.
- Maki Kimura, Teaching Fellow in Gender and Politics at University College London, on “Narrative as a Site of Subject Construction: The `Comfort Women' Debate”
The ordeal of `Comfort Women' who were sexually enslaved by the Japanese Imperial Military during the Second World War became widely known in the 1990s through these women's accounts of their experience. Instead of considering their narratives as historical data which reflect the `true' historical past, the talk locates them within a broader framework of thinking of narratives. Drawing on the understanding of narrative as a key to the self and the subject which has been developed in narrative research, as well as Judith Butler on interpellation and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on subaltern agency, the talk argues that the `Comfort Women's' testimonies should not be read one-dimensionally in the light of `truth' and `falsity', but should rather be considered as the site of their subject-formation. Their narratives are where agency concurrently emerges, and `Comfort Women' are thus not powerless victims but are active participants in their creation of their own narratives and their own selves.
Dr Maki Kimura holds a Ph.D. in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Political Science from Waseda University, Japan. Prior to joining UCL, she was a research fellow at the Open University. Throughout her research career, Maki’s research focus has been in social justice, gender, differences and identities. She is currently developing a small research project exploring the experience of displacement through the framework of gender and citizenship.