Louis-Georges Schwartz

Louis-Georges Schwartz

Monday, October 7, 2013 - 10:10

Cinema Hostis
A lecture by Louis-Georges Schwartz
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | noon
Humanities Gateway 3341

Louis-Georges Schwartz is Director of the MA Program in Film Studies at Ohio University. Professor Schwartz's book, *Mechanical Witness: A History of Motion Picture Evidence in U.S. Courts*, is published by Oxford University press. *Mechanical Witness* is the first cultural and legal history charting the changing role and theoretical implications of film and video use as courtroom evidence. Professor Schwartz is working on a second manuscript on film and biopolitics. "Cinema Hostis" responds to Fredric Jameson and Gilles Deleuze's work on cinema, arguing that at the turn of the 21st century a third image type emerged, Cinematic Hostis, which subordinates both movement and time to hostility. Schwartz argues that since the self-abolition of the working class has become the goal of class struggle, Cinema Hostis has superceded movement image and time image and that viewed historically, the three categories elaborate a dialectic.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Art, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Film & Media Studies, and Postmodern Culture.