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Moving Beyond Boundaries: Dance, Politics and the Moving Image

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‘Moving Beyond Boundaries: Dance, Politics and the Moving Image’ will bring together QMUL postgraduate film forum PostProduction and the Centre for Film and Ethics for a research event, focusing on challenges, possibilities and multidisciplinary aspects arising from and related to the field of interaction between dance, politics and film.

The event will showcase the ground-breaking work of political theorist Dr Dana Mills, whose book ‘Dance and Politics: Moving Beyond Boundaries’ provides the first ever over-arching analysis of dance based on political theory, alongside the current research of QMUL doctoral candidate Alice Pember, whose thesis ‘”In Her Hips are Revolutions”: The Dancing Girl in Contemporary Cinema’ applies Mills’ political reading of dance to dance on screen.

Drawing connections between political philosophy, dance studies and film theory, the research seminar will engage academics and postgraduate students working within these diverse fields, providing a forum for inter-disciplinary discussion and debate and initiating future collaboration. It is hoped that this will be the first of a series of ‘Moving Beyond Boundaries’ talks in which postgraduates and academics in the film department invite speakers from outside film theory to discuss their research and possible applications to film studies.


5.00-5.20 – Arrival and introductions from Lisa Duffy.

5.20-5.40 – Dr Dana Mills introduces book ‘Dance and Politics: Moving Beyond Boundaries’

5.40-6.00 – Alice Pember presenting paper ‘Dancing Dissensus in Catch Me Daddy (2014)’

6.00-6.15 – Q&A

Tickets to the event are free, but booking is essential. Please visit Eventbrite to book.

Our event is kindly supported by the Queen Mary Centre for Film and Ethics ( and PostProduction (

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Simon Dickson presents ‘The Oneiric Imagination – Exploring the dreamlike and the poetic in documentary film’


“This research is examining a specific aspect of the relationship between film and dreams. The focus is on films that aren’t necessary about dreams, nor do they feature explicit dream sequences, but they are nonetheless described as dreamlike. Often, there is another key descriptor for this group of films, ‘poetic’, that always seems to be in close proximity to terms such as ‘dreamlike.’ This has led me to believe that there might be a deeper philosophical relationship between the poetic imagination and dreams. I have chosen the holistic term ‘oneiric’ to help define this ambiguous group. The philosophy of Gaston Bachelard is indispensable in understanding this relationship but I am also looking to early film theorists such as Maya Deren, whose ideas shed further light on what it is about film that can explore the ‘oneiric imagination.’

In this presentation, I will be discussing James Spinney and Peter Middleton’s recent documentary, Notes on Blindness, which gives compelling insight into the relationship between waking and dreaming worlds from the perspective of a blind man.”
Thursday 15 February, 5:15 pm, ArtsOne, Hitchcock Cinema (G19).
Drinks to follow. ALL WELCOME.

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