Professorial Inaugural Lectures 2017-2018

All inaugural lectures are held at 5.30pm in the Portrait Room, Grove House.

Invitations and full details will be sent out approximately one month before each event.

Upcoming lecture

Professor Michael Witt

Professor Michael Witt

Professor of Cinema
Department of Media, Culture and Language

Rethinking the Cinema of Jean-Luc Godard


Monday 14 May 2018 / 5pm for 5.30pm
Portrait Room, Grove House

Born in 1930, the French-Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard has been active in the cinema for almost seventy years. He is the world’s most written about living director, and is widely recognised to be among the most inventive and significant filmmakers in cinema history. Since publishing his first critical article in 1950, he has produced a vast and varied body of work, which encompasses feature films (he is currently completing his 36th, entitled Le Livre d’image/The Image Book), shorts, television programmes and series, commercial commissions, film criticism, books, poems, audio CDs, a gallery installation, and numerous video essays. Research on Godard tends to focus on his feature films. This lecture argues that he is less a conventional feature filmmaker than a multifaceted poet working across different media, and that his features are best considered as part of an organically integrated multimedia project that is under continual development on multiple fronts. Within this context, the lecture will propose a number of perspectives in which we might begin to think afresh about Godard’s work: television, video art, graphic art, and sound art.

Forthcoming lectures

18 June 2018
Professor Stephen Drinkwater
Business School