Conference Program

All events are free and open to the public.


Spurlock Museum Auditorium (600 S Gregory St, Urbana)

4:00-5.45 PM Opening Events
Welcome remarks:
Lilya Kaganovsky, Scott MacKenzie, and Anna Stenport

Presentation: “The Explorer’s Visual Privilege: Crocker Land Expedition Photographs of the Spurlock Museum”
Noelle Belanger, Anna Stenport, and Beth Watkins

Screening I:Challenging the Expedition Tradition of Arctic Documentaries”
Introduction: Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s University, Kingston ON)
[Crocker Land Expedition] (Donald B. MacMillan, USA, 1914) 11 min.
Of Seals and Men (Mai Zetterling, Denmark/Sweden, 1979) 30 min.
Creation (Stan Brakhage, USA, 1979) 16 min.
The Idea of the North (Rebecca Baron, USA, 1995) 14 min.

Opening Reception 6.00-7.15 PM (by invitation)

7.30 – 9.30 PM. Opening Lecture and Screening:
Spurlock Museum Auditorium (600 S Gregory St, Urbana)

“Change Perspective, Change the World”
Introduction by Terri Weissman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ivalo Frank, Filmmaker and Director of Greenland Eyes Film Festival.
Presentation and screenings of Echoes ( 2010, 24 min) and Killerbird (2015, 14 min)


Presentations. 210 Illini Union (1401 West Green Street, Urbana)

8:30-9:00 AM Breakfast Pastries, Coffee, and Tea

9:00-10:30 AM Panel I: The Limits of the Arctic
Moderator: Julie Turnock (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Toby Miller (Loughborough, University of London)
“The Arctic Doesn’t Matter”
Noelle Belanger (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“‘It Looks Like the Surface of the Moon’: The Conflation of Arctic and Lunar Landscapes in the Colonial Imaginary”
Cody Lang (York University)
“Filming Finitude: Images from the North”

10:45-12:15 PM Panel II: Russian and Soviet Arctics
Moderator:  Mark Steinberg (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Lilya Kaganovsky (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“The Arctic in the Russian Imagination”
Jeremy Hicks (Queen Mary, University of London)
“Film and the Arctic Convoys of World War II: Crossing National Borders and Conflicting War Narratives”
Oksana Sarkisova (Central European University)
“Moving Through the Century: Northern Nomads in Nonfiction Cinema”

12:15-1:15 PM Lunch (by invitation)

1:15-3: 15 PM Panel III: Mediating Indigeneity
Moderator: Jodi Byrd, (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Faye Ginsburg (NYU)
“Beyond Broadcast: Isuma TV, Arctic Documentary, and the     Distribution Revolution”
Jerry White (Dalhousie University)
“Towards an Arctic Pre-History of the Digital Turn: Alexander Sokurov’s Confession and Norm Cohn and Zack Kunuk’s The Journals of Knud Rasmussen
Monica Mecsei (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
“My Other Tonality: Regaining Sámi Identity through Yoik”
Robin L. Murray (Eastern Illinois University) and Joseph K. Heumann (Eastern Illinois University)
“Where Life Begins: Documenting the Arctic as Home”

3:15-4:15 PM Panel IV: Experimental Arctic Aesthetics
Moderator: James Hay (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Michael Renov (University of Southern California)
“Documentary and the Arctic Sublime”
Jane Gaines (Columbia University)
“Theories of History and Amundsen’s 1911 South Pole Footage”

4:30-5 PM Coffee Reception at the Spurlock Museum

5:00-7.30 PM Screening II: Rediscovering the Arctic Archive I,
Spurlock Museum Auditorium (600 S Gregory St, Urbana)
Introduction: Anna Stenport (The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
The Romance of the Far Fur Country (Harold M. Wyckhoff, Canada, 1920) 120 min.
Presentation and Q&A by Kevin Nikkel of Five Door Films.

8:00 PM Conference Dinner (by invitation)



Presentations. 210 Illini Union (1401 West Green Street, Urbana)

9:00-9:30 AM Breakfast, Coffee, and Tea,

9:30-11:45 PM Panel VI: Explorer Mythologies
Moderator: Sandy Camargo (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Gunnar Iversen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)
“Storm Chasers and Extreme Sport Tourists: The New Norwegian Polar Expedition Film”
Mariah Larsson (Stockholm University) and Anna Westerstahl Stenport (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
“Women Arctic Explorers: In Front of and Behind the Camera”
Roswitha Skare (University of Tromsø)
The Romance of the Far Fur Country (1920): The First, but Long-Lost and Almost Forgotten Documentary about the Arctic?”Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s University)
“Arctic Expressionism: Arne Sucksdorff’s Documentary Cinema”

11:45 AM-1:00 PM Lunch (by invitation)

1:00-2:30 PM Panel VII: Cold War Legacies
Moderator: Antoinette Burton (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Klaus Dodds (Royal Holloway, University of London)
“From Thule to Nuuk: Tracing a Cinematic Geopolitics of Contemporary Greenland”
Carmen Victor (York University/Ryerson University)
“The Soniferous Æther of the Land Beyond the Land Beyond”
Kevin Hamilton (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Ned O’Gorman (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
“The Networked Frontier: Air Force Film and Communication in the Air-Age Arctic”

3:00-4.00 PM Screening III: Rediscovering the Arctic Archive II,
Spurlock Museum Auditorium (600 S Gregory St, Urbana)
Moderator: Lilya Kaganovsky (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
Polar Life (Graeme Ferguson, Canada, 1967) 17 min. “Reanimating Archives: Graeme Ferguson’s Polar Life from Expo 67″
Introduction, Presentation, and Q&A with Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

4:15-5.30 PM Screening IV: Documentary Images of Sápmi,
Spurlock Museum Auditorium (600 S Gregory St, Urbana)
Introduction: Scott MacKenzie (Queen’s University, Kingston ON)
Wind from the West (Vinden från Väster, Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden, 1942) 17 min.
Shadows over the Snow  (Skuggor över Snön, Arne Sucksdorff, Sweden, 1946) 11 min.
Rebel (Bihttoš, Elle-Maija Tailfeathers, Canada, 2013) 12 min.
Jorinda’s Journey (Jorindas Resa, Liselotte Wajstedt, Sweden/Norway/Finland, 2014) 16 min.

7.00 PM Closing Dinner (by invitation)

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