A Question of Silence

(De Stilte rond Christine M.)

dir. Marleen Gorris / 1982


2019 Visual Culture Symposium Film Screening

A Question of Silence (De Stilte rond Christine M.)

(dir. Marleen Gorris, 1982)


Wayne State University

Community Arts Auditorium

4.12.19 / 2:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Roundtable Discussion to Follow Screening



Roundtable Participants


renée c. hoogland

renée c. hoogland is a professor of English at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where she teaches contemporary literature and culture, critical theory, and visual culture. Her research of the last three years focuses on various forms of contemporary visual art, and theoretically considers the aesthetic encounter as an expressive and affective event. She is the former Editor of the journal Criticism: A Quarterly Publication for Literature and the Arts and the Senior Editor-in-Chief of the MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbook Series on Gender. Her book, A Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics After Representation, was published in 2014 by Dartmouth College Press.


Shelby Cadwell

Shelby Cadwell is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate teaching assistant at Wayne State University. Shelby has received a BA in English with a focus in literature and culture, and an MA with a focus in film and media, both from Wayne State University. Her research interests include science fiction film and television, black speculative art, ecocriticism, and feminist film theory. Shelby has been a member of Kino Club 313 since 2014, when she became the group’s treasurer. As of May 2016, Shelby has taken over the role of club president. Shelby is also a senior contributor as well as an editor for the Kino Club 313 blog. She recently organized the conference, “Telling and Retelling Stories: (Re)Imagining Popular Culture.”


Lara Sfire

Lara Sfire is a Detroit born Director and Producer, based in NY as well as Detroit. She received her first MFA from the University of Florida in Photography and Women’s Studies, with a focus on Feminist Film Theory. She recently finished her second MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She worked as a NY union Gaffer for several years before Producing and Directing. She is the Associate Director of She Lights Up Well, a Detroit feature film; unit production manager of Sunset Park, a NY feature film in post; producer of Tiny Mammals; co-producer of Valeria, both NYU Grad thesis shorts, and the upcoming comedy series Expecto Patron. Lara is a member of Final Girls, a collective of woman-identified professional filmmakers living and working in Metro Detroit. She is in development on a few features and is currently opening a dine-in movie theater in Hamtramck, called The Film Lab, to facilitate more film screenings and discussions in the Detroit area.


Alina Cherry

Alina Cherry received her Ph.D. from New York University in 2009, with a dissertation on the treatment of time, history, and memory in the novels of Claude Simon. Her current research and teaching interests include contemporary French and Francophone fiction, mobilities studies, geocriticism, space and place, Claude Simon studies, temporality and narrative, intersections of philosophy and literature. Her book, Claude Simon: Fashioning the Past by Writing the Present was published in 2016 by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.


Lauren Kalman

Lauren Kalman is a visual artist based in Detroit, whose practice is invested in contemporary craft, video, photography and performance. Through her work she investigates beauty, adornment, body image, and the built environment. Raised in the Midwest, Kalman completed her MFA in Art and Technology from the Ohio State University and earned a BFA with a focus in Metals from Massachusetts College of Art. Kalman exhibits and lectures internationally. Kalman exhibits and lectures internationally. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Contemporary Craft, Museum of Arts and Design, Cranbrook Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Houston, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Mint Museum, and the World Art Museum in Beijing, among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, and the Detroit Institute of Art. She has been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center, the Australian National University, the Corporation of Yaddo, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Haystack, and Santa Fe Art Institute. She has received Ponyide, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Puffin Foundation West and ISE Cultural Foundation Emerging Curator grants. She has taught at institutions including Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Currently she is an assistant professor at Wayne State University.

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