Cultural Analysis and Social Theory - MA Program
Milo Sweedler Inaugurates CMTS Lecture Series
Milo Sweedler inaugurated the 2013-2014 lecture series of the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies with a presentation on Joshua Oppenheimer’s 2012 film The Act of Killing.
In order to understand the legacy of the extermination of communists in modern Indonesia, filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer had recourse to a highly original strategy: He proposed to make a film of the anti-communist purges of 1965-66 starring, written by and directed by the perpetrators of the crimes. The result is The Act of Killing, a film by turns fascinating, terrifying and revolting. Professor Sweedler’s paper explored the dynamic relationship between truth and fiction in Oppenheimer’s strange and powerful film.
Forthcoming lectures in the series include:
24 January 2014: “Finding Diefenbunker: Canadian Nationalism and Cold War Memory” (Sara Matthews, WLU Global Studies)
28 February 2014: “On Memory and Testimony from the perspective of Social Work” (Ginette Lafrenière, WLU Faculty of Social Work, Director of WLU Social Innovation Research Group)
20 March 2014: “Power and Violence in the Global World” (guest speaker Pilar Calveiro, Universidad Benemérita de Puebla, México)
Further information on the Centre for Memory and Testimony Studies can be found here: http://cmtstudies.org/