Documentary and Psychoanalysis: Putting the Love Back in Epistephilia.

Documentary and Psychoanalysis: Putting the Love Back in Epistephilia.  

Guest lecture by Professor Michel Renov, University of Southern California

Why are we driven to make and preserve images of history, those of our family, our country, our life world?  What accounts for our attraction to a particular image or camera movement, our urge to watch certain documentary sequences again or again?  What enlivens our eye and ear as we encounter the semblance of others, those perhaps very like ourselves, or perhaps very unlike, on screens large and small?

In this presentation Michel Renov return to Bill Nichol's essential notion of "epistephilia" (something akin to intellectual curiosity) and ask how documentary studies might benefit from engaging with the deepest sources of documentary's appeal.