Irmgard Emmelhainz studied art history at the University of the Americas in her native Puebla, Mexico, and holds an MA in art history, theory and criticsm from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where she was a Fulbright scholar. She earned her PhD at the University of Toronto with a thesis on "Jean-Luc Godard and the Palestine Question". She has published widely on Godard and contemporary art, and currently works as an independent translator, researcher and scholar in Guatemala City, where she teaches cinematic analysis.
"Jean-Luc Godard's Film Socialisme"
The focus of Emmelhainz's talk is Jean-Luc Godard's latest production, Film Socialisme, which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Emmelhainz asserts that Godard's use of images of Palestine and Palestinians shows the paradigm of aesthetic-political representation. Referencing Ariella Azoula's visual conceptualization of the Palestinian conflict in her seminal book, The Civil Contract of Photography, Emmelhainz considers how Godard offers new ways of imaging the conflict in the terrains of the image and of language.