Date: May 11, 2016
Place: University of Leiden, Lipsius Building, room 030
In this talk Maria Poulaki (University of Surrey) will discuss the implications of ‘ecological psychology’ for film theory, in particular for the understanding of film reception, both in terms of scene perception and cognitive interpretation. Poulaki’s paper focuses on the implicit link between a particular understanding of film form, and a specific way of theorizing film reception. To tease out this link, Poulaki looks critically at contemporary psychological theories of film, comparing them to classical ones – such as those of Munsterberg (1916) and Arnheim (1933) – to argue that the evolutionary accounts of the former define film form through narrative, thereby excluding or downplaying alternative film traditions, which can however play an important role in the study of film perception and cognition.
Maria Poulaki is Lecturer in Film and Digital Media Arts at the University of Surrey, UK. Her research focuses on the way the complexities of film form interweave with the mental processes of perception and cognition, and the overall embodied and affective experience of film viewing.
The talks are open to all students, BA, MA and RMA. There is no need to register, unless you are an RMA student and want to apply for earning 1 or 2 ECs. RMA students can earn 1 or 2 ECTS by: a) committing to attending all talks of one or both semesters, b) critically engaging in the discussion (e.g. by asking a question or giving a comment); c) writing a brief critical response to each presentation, the series/semester as a whole, or one specific topic (to be discussed) of no more than 1200 words. RMA students can apply by sending a brief motivation and a bio to the organizers.