Visual Alterity: Seeing Difference, Seeing Differently

London, 25. October 2019.

Royal Holloway, University of London

Humanities and Arts Research Institute

Symposium: Visual Alterity: Seeing Difference, Seeing Differently

Friday, 25 October 2019


Senate House, London, Room 106/7

The Symposium explores the concept of visual alterity from two different angles, considering, on the one hand, the perception of cultural difference in dance, fashion photography and contemporary cinema, and, on the other hand, ways of seeing differently, drawing on experimental cinema, video games, music video and virtual and augmented reality.  With Keynote Speaker Professor Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh.

11.00-11.15 Welcome & Coffee

11.15-11.45 Prarthana Purkauastha, Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance

Decolonizing Human Exhibits: Dance, Re-enactment and Historical Fiction

11.45-12.15  Rebecca Feghali, Department of Media Arts

Reconceptualising the Veil on Screen

12.15-12.45  Daniela Berghahn, Department of Media Arts

The Transnational Appeal of Exoticism in World Cinema

12.45-13.45 Lunch Break

13.45-14.15 Terri Ochiagha, Department of English

‘Moroccan Wake-Up’ Revisited: Moroccan Rooftops and Breathless Oriental Fantasies

14.15.-14.45 John Bulmer, Photographer

A Visual Presentation and Q&A with John Bulmer

14.45-15.15 Jean-Baptiste de Vaulx, Department of Media Arts

The Child Protagonist as Universal Other in World Cinema

15.15-15.45 Tea/Coffee

15.45-16.16.15 Isabelle Verhulst – StoryFutures Academy: National Centre for Immersive Storytelling @ RHUL

What is VR, AR, MR, XR?

16.15-16.50 Sandhya Suri, Filmmaker

Screening of the short film The Field (2018) followed by a Q&A

17.00-18.00 Keynote: Professor Randall Halle, University of Pittsburgh

Visual Alterity: The Kippbild in Film, Music Video and Games

Full programme with abstracts available at: