Lecture: W. J. T. Mitchell
Seeing Madness: Insanity, Media and Visual Culture
STOCKHOLM 6 SEPTEMBER 2012 AT 15
Photo: Domenico Aronica
In the Cinema
The lecture will be about how madness is represented in film, art and the media: What is at stake in these representations of madness? How does film contribute to our understanding of madness, and how does madness contribute to film? Drawing on the theories on madness posited by Freud, Foucault, Deleuze and others, the lecture leads up to considerations of the significance of smoke, smoking and the Cold War in portrayals of madness in American cinema.
W. J. T. Mitchell is one of the most prominent contemporary experts on visual culture and media theory. His publications include Iconology (1986), Picture Theory (1994) and What do Pictures Want? (2005). Mitchell is a professor of Art History and English at the University of Chicago and the editor of the journal Critical Inquiry.
In collaboration with the Department of Art History at Stockholm University.