Orlen Cinergia


European Cine-Discourses Conference

 International conference

European Cine-Discourses

First edition:

Film and Ideology after 1945

Łódź, December 3-4 2015




Thursday, 03.12.2015



Mgr Tomasz Rachwald (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)

After the Fall of Utopia. Nihilism of Polish Film School as an Anti-ideological Statement

Dr Kamila Żyto (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Ideas and Ideology in the Films of Juan Antonio Bardem

Dr Konrad Klejsa (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Anti-fascism as a Doctrine: Representations of Wehrmacht in the DDR Cinema 1950-1965

Mgr Karol Jóźwiak (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Pasolini’s  Salo, or Biopolitical Reading of 120 Days of Sodom



11.30-12.00 Coffee break



Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Petr Szczepanik (Masaryk University, Brno)


13.00-13.30 Coffee break



Dr Jakub Mikurda (PWSTiF w Łodzi)

Between „Do Not Peep” and „Go Peeping”: Paradoxes of Postmodern Super-ego

Mgr Mateusz Żebrowski (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Mountains witout Ideology? The Example of Tatra Mountains in the Films of Pavel Barabaš

Dr Ewa Ciszewska (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Cinema as a Brand in Post-cinematic City of Łódź

Prof. Piotr Sitarski (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Information technology and ideology in Polish documentary films.  


15.00 Lunch



Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Trond Lundemo (StockholmUniversity)






Dr Michał Pabiś-Orzeszyna (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Conflict Management: The Camerimage Festival and the Dialectics of Prestige

Prof. Piotr Zwierzchowski (Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego w Bydgoszczy)

Politics and ideology in Polish cinema

Mgr Piotr Czerkawski (Uniwersytet Wrocławski)

„Something’s missing. I’m lost. I’m crazy" – a portrait of the precariat in contemporary cinema

Dr Anna Osmólska-Mętrak (Uniwersytet Warszawski)

Pier Paolo Pasolini: „Dear students, I hate you...” – or what the poet had in mind


11.30-12.00 Coffee break



Dr Katarzyna Skórka (Uniwersytet Warszawski)

„You should wash your dirty linen at home”. Censorial strategies in Italy at the turn of the 1940s and 1950s  of the 20th century

Mgr Diana Dąbrowska (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Masks and desire in Todo Modo by Elia Petrie (1976) and Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino (2008). Studium porównawcze

Dr Anna Miller-Klejsa (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Generation gap as a reflection of a ideological dispute. A retrospective look at the „anni di piombo” in selected Italian features from the 1980s.


13.30 -14.00 Lunch



Prof. Rafał Syska (Uniwersytet Jagielloński)

Allegories of apathy and  annihilation. Ideological contexts in Béla Tarr’s works.

Mgr Stanisław Abramik (Uniwersytet Wrocławski)

„You need to get back on your feet, make money”. Ideology, cinema and  political transformation in Poland.

Dr Masa Gustin (Uniwersytet Gdański)

Rozliczenie z systemem radzieckim (i ideologią) w wybranych filmach końca lat 80. XX wieku


15.30-16.00 Coffee break


16.00-17. 30

Prof. Natasza Korczarowska (Uniwersytet Łódzki)

Cinema in a microhistorical  perspective

Prof. Mirosław Przylipiak (Uniwersytet Gdański)

Polish historical documentaries  in the 1990s as an example of historical politics

Prof. Tomasz Kłys (Uniwersytet  Łódzki)

How the 3rd Repubic lost with the internet: how the “unoverthrowable” system was overthrown


Closing of the conference

There are also plans for a panel discussion on December 4. It would be hosted by Karol Jóźwiak (UŁ), with the participation of prof.  Trond Lundemo, and devoted to the interpretation of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s La rabbia. The time and venue remains to be confirmed. 


European Cine-Discourses - Film and Ideology after 1945 (3-4 December 2015)

Ideology and politics have conditioned the post-war history of European cinema. The collapse of fascism and Nazism triggered the need to critically review these systems and to depict the vastness of evil they created. The long-standing communist rule in Eastern Bloc countries effectively prevented the settling of accounts in an exhaustive and straightforward manner, but also played a part in the creation of interesting cultural texts portraying, in an allegorical way, the complicated socio-political reality of post-war Europe.

After 1989, globalization processes, economic disparities in the world and the ambivalent effects of multiculturalism as well as the expansion of postcolonial and postdependence studies resulted in ideology remaining an essential interpretative context for studies in European cinema.

The need for a (re)interpretation of the history of European cinema is attributed to the fact that the strategies of resistance established in 1945-1989 were complemented over the years by new ones, which represent the problems of the modern, globalized world.

The European Cine-Discourses - Film and Ideology after 1945 conference, which will take place on 3-4 December, is organized in cooperation with the Forum of European Cinema ORLEN Cinergia. Panel discussions will be accompanied by screenings of competition and non-competition films (Eisenstein in Guanajuato by Peter Greenaway, Pasolini by Abel Ferrara and a retrospective of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s works, among others).

In the broad thematic field of the conference there is space for different presentations of problems concerning the relation between cinema and ideology, for example:

- the role of cinema and the media in the public sphere

- representations of history in cinema and the instrumentalization of politics of memory

- propaganda in the media and in feature films

- auteur cinema vs. ideology

- institutional determinants of film production

- state censorship and autocensorship

- cinema and media as tools for the construction and strengthening of the dominant ideology

 - national cinematographies with regard to ideology

- political tensions within modern European societies and their representations in film

- a critical appraisal of the socio-politically involved cinema trends (socialist realism, neorealism, British Angry young men etc.)

- ideological contexts of history and film theory

Please send in your speech proposals along with the abstracts until September 30, 2015 to the following addresses: kulturoz@uni.lodz.pl or rozio@wp.pl

The conference will be held in Polish and in English. The conference fee is 200 PLN. We do not provide accommodation or the reimbursement of travel expenses for the speakers. The organizers can help with finding hotel rooms. Payments should be made to the following bank account:


Wydział Filologiczny Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego

Konferencja Europejskie Kinodyskursy

PKO S.A. 96 1240 3028 1111 0010 2943 1767


Conference Coordinator - Natasza Korczarowska-Różycka, Ph.D.: rozio@wp.pl

Conference Secretary - Diana Dąbrowska, MA:  diana_d21@wp.pl

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