Memory, fiction and archives: an unstable equilibrium

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1–2pm Wednesday 22 May 2019


Phillipa Weeks Staff Library

ANU College of Law
5 Fellows Rd


Professor Anna Maria Lorusso, University of Bologna


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Anna Maria Lorusso

How can media represent the process of cultural and traumatic memory? In which way can they be "faithful" to reality? How can they determine the relationship between fiction and reality?

I will present some thoughts about these questions through the analysis of two movies that are both specifically focused on the category of "archive", that with "memory" has so much to do. They are both about the experience of the Chilean dictatorship of Pinochet: the tv series "Los archives del cardenal " and the movie "Habeas corpus".

Through them we can discuss how the idea of mimesis and "realism" has been changing during these years (as much in movies as in literature) and even how the idea of "document" may play, in the contemporary memory practices, a very different role as it had in the past.


  • Professor Anna Maria Lorusso »

    Anna Maria Lorusso is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Communication of Bologna University, where she teaches 'Semiotics of Culture' and 'Analysis of Media Communication'. In 2017 Anna Maria was appointed President of the Italian Association of Semiotics, is on the board of several international journals, is the Vice-Director of the Semiotic Journal VS-Versus, and is on the editorial board of the international journals Nouveaux Actes Sémiotiques, Comunicaciòn y medios, De signis. Among her last books in English: MemoSur/MemoSouth. Memory, Commemoration and Trauma in Post-Dictatorship Argentina and Chile (eds, along with A. Sharman, M. Grass Kleiner and S. Savoini London, Critical, Cultural and Communications Press, 2017), Cultural Semiotics (London, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2016).


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