Assistant Professor for Film, Ofer Eliaz will chair a panel and present a paper at the SCMS (Society for Cinema and Media Studies) annual conference in Seattle on 30th March 2014. 


Impossible Mournings: The Cryptic Space of Loss in Cinematic Representations of Trauma

Chair: Ofer Eliaz (Ohio University)

  • Ofer Eliaz (Ohio University), "George Franju and the Grave of History"
  • Kevin McDonald (California State University, Northridge), "In Search of the Primal Scene: In the Valley of Elah, War Trauma, and Cryptic Remains"
  • Claudia Pummer (University of Hawaii, Manoa), "Trauma, the Sublime, and the Global Uncanny in Recent Tsunami Disaster Films"

"The panel uses the work of the French-Hungarian psychoanalysts Nicolas Abraham and Maria Torok to examine a group of films where a deliberately or noticeably missing image suggests a failure to work through a traumatic historical event. In my particular paper, I analyze a number of the films of post-war French director Georges Franju to show that they contain what I call a "crypt-image," or an image whose function is to entomb (hide a still living) historical image." - Ofer Eliaz.