Working Papers 2007: Havana

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Wednesday February 28th
Presenter: Shana MacDonald
PhD Candidate in the Join York-Ryerson Communication and Culture Program
On the Difficulties of Representing Atmosphere in Havana

The paper examines creative and theoretical ways of accessing and describing the revolution as a palpable element of Havana's urban atmosphere. Shana will discuss the difficulty of recreating Havana's atmospheric spaces in words and image. The presentation will include a screening of the presenter's recent film on Havana.

Wednesday, March 14
Presenter: Jason Rovito
PhD Candidate in the Joint Ryerson-York Communication and Culture Program
Communicating the City: Beyond Autobiography

Giuliana Bruno, in her memoir-essay on Havana, got the city wrong. Positioned on the other side of relativity, this paper argues for both the right of advancing such a judgement and its accompanying possibility—to communicate the city, objectively—through Benjamin’s methodology of “genuine reminiscence.”

Wednesday, March 28
PhD Candidate in the Joint York-Ryerson Communication and Culture Program
The Rural Imaginary and Cuban Spectatorship

This paper discusses the mobile cinema project in Cuba following the revolution in 1959. By examining the documentary Por Primera Ves (For the First Time), which details the reactions of first-time spectators in a remote Cuban village, I trace the relationship between the ‘virgin’ rural spectator and the revolutionary subject under construction in post-1959 Cuba.

Visible City: Project + Archive is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of CanadaCanada Research Chairs, York Research, Ontario Innovation Trust, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.