LECTURES & TALKS (Selection)

 

Recurring

 

Guest lecturing a masterclass in Narrative Research (Contemporary Narrative Forms and Narrative Structures) to Master students of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Film, Animation and the creative arts (since 2021)

Lecturing in Screenwriting to Master students and in Film Analysis to Bachelor students of film school LUCA School of Arts, and coaching them in writing the screenplays of their Master’s final project (since 2020)

Directing literary research labs (Writing on and with the body, Social criticism, Real or made up: balancing between reality en fiction), and coaching classes in screenwriting and creative writing at Wisper (since 2015). Read teacher interviews here and here.

 


 

2022

June / Presentation of the premiere of New Pigs on the Block (film, 2022) at Sphinx Cinema and post-screening conversation and Q&A with director Jimmy Kets

June / Radio film talk about What Do We See When We Look At The Sky? (2021),  Flugt (2021), and The Northman (2022) for Urgent FM’s film program Kuleshov. Listen here (Dutch): https://www.mixcloud.com/kuleshov/

May / Moderating a panel conversation between psychoanalyst Joost Demuynck and filmmakers Alain Platel and Mirjam Devriendt after the film screening of Why We Fight (2022) at Sphinx Cinema Ghent

April / Lecture about cinema and psychoanalysis for KMF at Ghent University’s Faculty of Arts and Philosophy. We discussed Lacan’s concepts of the mirroring stage, lack, and identity, all via the film Ex Machina (2015)

April / Radio interview with directors Alain Platel and Mirjam Devriendt of Why We Fight (2022) for Urgent FM’s film program Kuleshov. Listen here (Dutch): https://www.mixcloud.com/kuleshov/

April / Radio interview with director Gerard-Jan Claes and actor Lucas Roefmans of Kind Hearts (2021) for Urgent FM’s film program Kuleshov. Listen here (Dutch): https://www.mixcloud.com/kuleshov/

March / Video introduction to Love You Forever (film, 2019) screened at the Made in China festival in Ghent. During this talk I reflected about the popular intertwining of romance narratives and time travel narratives, and what that means about how we think about love.

March / Introduction Miss Osaka (film, 2021) screened at Filmfestival Oostende 2022. I talked about formalism, orientalism and identity.

March / Lecture about music and psychoanalysis for KMF at Ghent University’s Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, in which I talked about Lacan’s positioning in philosophical and art history, but also Lacanian psychoanalysis’ psychic structures, difference between Other/other and the concept of lalangue.

March / Introduction and presentation of the 2022 International Women’s Day movie double bill event (La Mif, 2021, and Women of Earth, 2019) at Sphinx Cinema Ghent

March / Introduction and presentation of the Belgian premiere of Animals (film, 2021) at Cinema Lumière Mechelen and French Q&A with director Nabil Ben Yadir. Main topics of conversation were ethical filmmaking, a possible educational mission of film, and the many natures of individual and societal violence.

February / Five hours’ lecture Sofia Coppola: representation behind and in front of the camera (as part of a longer lecture series on the female gaze in cinema) for Amarant Ghent

February / Radio film talk about Grosse Freiheit (2021) and After Yang (2021) for Urgent FM’s film program Kuleshov. Listen here (Dutch): https://www.mixcloud.com/kuleshov/

February / Introduction of the six feature films and six short films Jump, Darling (2020), Playback (2019), Sedimentos (2021), Genius Loci (2020), Minyan (2020), Heaven Reaches Down To Earth (2020), The Man With The Answers (2021), Gare Aux Coquins (2021), No Ordinary Man (2020), At Night We Fly (2020), Futur Drei (2020) and Faraway (2020) programmed at PinX film festival in Sphinx Cinema Ghent

January / Radio film talk about The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021), Licorice Pizza (2021), The Power of the Dog (2021), and Memoria (2021) for Urgent FM’s film program Kuleshov. Listen here (Dutch): https://www.mixcloud.com/kuleshov/

 

2021

October / Lecture on the real presence of the filmmaker in Grey Gardens (film, 1975) at Ciné Mangiare for the FilmAtelier program

September /  Lecture “What’s in a name: queerness en non-binariteit, vanuit Seminarie XX: Encore” at Intercarteldag Gezelschap voor Psychoanalyse en Psychotherapie

September / Introduction Cicada (film, 2020) and Eden (film, 2020), programmed at PinX Summer Edition film festival in Sphinx Cinema Ghent

August / Introduction The World To Come (film, 2020) and Dustin (film, 2020), programmed at PinX Summer Edition film festival in Sphinx Cinema Ghent

July / Video interview introduction for the films Loving Vincent (2017), Little Joe (2019), The Favourite (2018), and Night At The Museum (2006), programmed at the In/Out of the picture Mind The Artist Take-Over of MOOOV and Musea Brugge

July / Lecture “A story like a house” on structuring in prose writing for Wisper Leuven

June / Lecture on femininity in The Virgin Suicides (film, 1999) for the Women in Psychoanalysis and Culture: Desire, Fantasy, and Textuality series at Stillpoint Spaces London

 

2020

December / Paper presentation “Another Kind of (Social) Distancing: The Life Writing Process and Literary Procedures as Distancing Technique and its Therapeutic Value” at the academic conference Teaching Life Writing: a conference on nonfiction and pedagogy at University of Alberta, Canada

September / Lecture “On presences: ghosts and loss in film” at Intercarteldag Gezelschap voor Psychoanalyse en Psychotherapie

July / Lecture “A story like a house” on structuring in prose writing for Wisper Gent

February / Workshop in filmmaking and coaching Belgian-Moroccan teenagers in writing and filming their own short film. Participatory film project by BAZZZ Antwerp.

 

2019

December / Guest lecture in storytelling and writing non-fiction to bachelor students Graphic Design of LUCA School of Arts

November / Lecture on female identification and mirrors in Agnès Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7 (film, 1962) for the FilmAtelier program

November / Introduction Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (film, 1975) as part of the Ciné RIO+Croxapox collaboration ‘The Third Landscape’ at De Koer Ghent. I talked about the theme of subversion.

November / Introduction A Ghost Story (film, 2017) as part of the Ciné RIO Afterlife film series at De Koer Ghent. I talked about the themes of time and mourning.

October / Introduction Blind Vaysha (film, 2016) and Das Cabinet Des Dr. Caligari (film, 1920) as part of RITCS Cinema’s Classics series and Kortfilm.be’s series on classics+shorts. I talked about the influence of German expressionism on indie animation films.

October / Lecture on sex and cinema after which the audience watched the screening of a selection of five short films that illustrated my talk. This was part of a philosophical festival on sexual freedom, called Antagonistisch Festival, organised by the philosophical organisation, ‘t Zal Wel Gaan at KASK Ghent.

October / Lecture series on storytelling in the new medium of fictional podcasts compared to classical storytelling for Wisper.

June / Lecture “Photography & psychoanalysis” at Intercarteldag Gezelschap voor Psychoanalyse en Psychotherapie

January / Coaching youngsters with a complex socio-economic background in writing and filming for short films. Resulting work has been shown at local filmfestivals, such as Ciné Privé. Participatory film project by Masala vzw Ghent.

 

2018

December / Introduction Strangers on a Train (film, 1951) for Kinoautomat at KASK Cinema. I talked about the adaptation strategies used from Patricia Highsmith’s novel to the film.

November / Coaching tweens with immigration roots in writing and filming for their own documentaries. Participatory film project by Masala vzw Ghent

 

2016

October / Key note speech on digital storytelling during OJOO’s Mobile Storytelling Day 2016