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Spring cinema season on the theme of life course

In collaboration with the film-clubs of UNIL and EPFL and the National Film Archive, the NCCR LIVES organises a series of screenings during the Spring 2014. The launching will take place at the movie-theater Le Capitole in Lausanne on February 26. The following sessions will happen alternately at UNIL and EPFL. LIVES researchers will be present to stimulate debate. See the full list of movies. FREE ENTRY


  • Wednesday 26 February – 20:30 (cocktail from 19:30)
    Movie-theater Le Capitole, Lausanne
    Mr. Nobody
    Belgium, France, Canada, Germany – 2009 – 139’ – original English version with French subtitles
    By Jaco van Dormael
    Starring Jared Leto, Sarah Polley, Diane Kruger
    Nemo (Jared Leto), last human being to die of natural causes, remembers his pasts. Actually following an emotional trauma, the main character seems to have taken several paths, which led him to different places and kinds of existence.
    Introduction to the theme of life course: Laura Bernardi, NCCR LIVES Deputy Director
  • Wednesday 5 March – 17:30
    UNIL Unithèque 4215
    The Ballad of Narayama
    Japan – 1983 – 130’ – original Japanese version with French subtitles
    By Shohei Inamura
    Starring Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Takejo Aki, Tonpei Hidari, Seiji Kurasaki
    A 69-year old woman must resign herself to follow the tradition of climbing the Narayama - the "oak mountain" - in order to die up there. She is however still in very good shape...
    Discussant : Dario Spini, NCCR LIVES Director
  • Wednesday 12 March – 17:30
    EPFL Polydôme
    Big Fish
    USA – 2003 – 125’ – original American version with French subtitles
    By Tim Burton
    Starring Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Alison Lohman, Helena Bonham Carter, Marion Cotillard
    A dying man tells his life in the form of bizarre and fairy tales to his son, who thinks he is a liar. But are these stories really lies? Here everything is a matter of imagination and proportions.
  • Wednesday 19 March – 17:30
    UNIL Unithèque 4215
    Story of the cat and the moon (animation)
    Portugal – 1995 – 6’ – French version
    By Pedro Serrazina
    A poem, a story of silence and complicity. Shadow and light, the call of the night, the moon for passion... The story of dreams that come true.
    Lisboetas (documentary)
    Portugal – 2004 – 100’ – Portuguese version with English subtitles
    By Sérgio Tréfaut
    A moving musical documentary on the immigration wave that changed Portugal at the turn of the century. "Lisboetas" is an open window on new realities: ways of life, rights, religious practices, identities. A journey to an unfamiliar city.
    Discussant : Ana Barbeiro, LIVES PhD Student
  • Wednesday 26 March – 17:30
    EPFL Polydôme
    Murarz (short film)
    Poland – 1973 – 18’ – original Polish version with French subtitles
    By Krzysztof Kieslowski
    Starring Jozef Malesa
    The movie shows the vision of a Polish man facing communism after Staline's death, period called "the destalinisation process". It tracks his hopes and his disillusionments, caused by the totalitarian regime and a will for emancipation.

    Poland – 1975 – 72’ – original Polish version with French subtitles
    By Krzysztof Kieslowski
    Starring Juliusz Machulski, Michal Tarkowski, Wlodzimierz Borunski
    Romek, a 17-year old youngster, is hired as a taylor in an opera house. Through his eyes we take a look behind the scenes. A good exemple where Kieslowski re-create reality, fiction becoming the perfect loophole to show life and its foibles, without risking to really confront it.
  • Wednesday 2 April – 17:30
    UNIL Unithèque 4215
    Sean (documentary – short film)
    USA – 1970 – 14’ - original American version
    Following Sean (documentary)
    USA – 2005 – 87’ - original American version with French subtitles
    By Ralph Arlyck
    Starring Ralph Arlyck, Sean Farrell
    In 1969 in San Francisco, Ralph Arlyck films a little 4-year old kid. Sean talks about his daily life in a hippie family, surrounded by people hooked on amphetamines. Thirty years later, the film director traces back the boy and shoots the man he has become. But things have turned out differently than expected.
    Discussant : Pierre Bataille, LIVES PhD Student
  • Wednesday 9 April – 17:30
    EPFL Polydôme
    Four Friends
    USA – 1981 – 115’ -  original American version with French subtitles
    By Arthur Penn
    Starring Craig Wasson, Jodi Thelen, Jim Metzler, Tom Donaldson, Michael Huddleston, Reed Birney, Julia Murray, Elizabeth Lawrence
    "Four Friends" is the story, sometimes funny sometimes tragic, of Georgia and her three buddies. All are in love with her and choose different ways to seduce her, thus impacting their own life course.
  • Wednesday 16 April - 17:30
    UNIL Unithèque 4215
    Dayereh (The Circle)
    Iran, Italy, Switzerland – 2000 – 90’ – original Persian version with French subtitles
    By Jafar Pahani
    Starring Nargess Mamizadeh, Maryiam Parvin Almani, Mojgan Faramarzi, Elham Saboktakin, Monir Arab
    The movie is about three former female prisoners's fate in Tehran. It addresses these women's difficulties, as they are subjected to the hierarchy and the rules of the Iranian society, which are symbolised by access or denied access to different areas of the city.
    Discussant : Hannah Klaas, LIVES PhD Student
  • Wednesday 30 April – 17:30
    EPFL Polydôme
    Monty Python: The Meaning of Life
    USA – 1983 – 107’ - original American version with French subtitles
    By Terry Jones
    Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
    Old employees of an insurance company rebel against junior newcomers who subjugate them. That is the opening scene of this crazy satire on life, from birth to death, through religion, mariage, and war...
  • Wednesday 7 May – 19 :00
    La Grange de Dorigny
    Screening of the short films and award ceremony of the Haut & Court film competition
  • Wednesday 14 May – 17:30    Presented by the film director
    UNIL Unithèque 4215
    Rodicas (documentary)
    Germany – 2012 – 53’ – original English version with English subtitles
    By Alice Gruia
    Starring Rodica Gruia, Rodica Grill
    After having immigrated to Sydney, Rodica Gruia and Rodica Grill became close friends. Both in their nineties, they live amazingly active lifes, alway chatting, shopping and going out to coffee shops or to the gym like teenagers. Two destinies full of spirit, energy and wisdom.
  • Wednesday 21 May – 17:30
    EPFL Polydôme
    Angst Essen Seele auf
    Germany – 1974 – 89’ - original German version with French subtitles
    By Rainer Werner Fassbinder
    Starring Brigitte Mira, El Hedi ben Salem, Barbara Valentin, Irm Hermann
    Emmi, a widowed cleaning lady aged more than 60, and Ali, a Morrocan immigrant twenty years younger than her, fall in love in Germany during the Sixties. Violent bias against them will soon produce effects...
    Discussant : Stephanie Glaeser, LIVES PhD Student
  • Wednesday 28 May – 17:30
    UNIL Unithèque 4215
    The Devil and Daniel Johnston (documentary)
    Great Britain – 2005 – 110’ - original British version with French subtitles
    By Jeff Feuerzeig
    Starring Daniel Johnston, Mabel Johnston, Bill Johnston
    Portrait combining archives and recent images of Daniel Johnston, who was an American damned artist, songwriter and cartoonist suffering from manic depression.
"Lives in Translation: Life Course Research and Social Policies" (SLLS International Conference)

"Lives in Translation: Life Course Research and Social Policies" (SLLS International Conference)

The 5th annual conference of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) will take place from 9 to 11 October 2014 at the University of Lausanne. The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES is the local organiser. Call for papers and symposia is running until March 31.

Although the overall conference theme will focus on social policy this year, we welcome conference submissions from all areas of longitudinal and life course studies: physical, psychological, social developmental and ageing processes and functioning within and across life course stages from infancy to old age; methods and findings of cohort studies; other sources of longitudinal data such as panel studies and record linkage;  international comparisons; household, and income dynamics; intergenerational transfers and returns to learning; gene-environment interactions; ‘mixed’, and comparative methods; innovative methodology in design, measurement, data management, analysis and research practice (quantitative and qualitative).

Proposals are sought for three kinds of conference presentation:

  1. A symposium comprising at least 3 papers to be presented in a one and a half hour session or a series of two sessions. For each symposium suggested we require an overall abstract of no more than 300 words plus an abstract of no more than 300 words for each paper. Please provide names and professional affiliations for all presenters.
  2. An individual paper for oral presentation for which an abstract of no more than 300 words is required.**
  3. A poster presentation for which an abstract of no more than 200 words is required.

** Papers which do not fit into regular sessions may be allocated to Round Table discussion groups or presented as posters.

Please submit abstracts to Cat Westlake ( using the form below by March 31st 2014

Abstract Submission Form

All contributors will be notified of the conference committee’s decision by May 31st 2014.

More information about the conference and conference accommodation will be posted on the SLLS website as it becomes available.

The fee for conference registration will be discounted for SLLS members so please consider joining if you have not already done so! Please visit the membership pages of this website for full details and a membership form to complete on-line.

The Society’s journal, Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, will be a possible outlet for the publication of conference papers.

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LIVES “Doctoriales” 3rd edition will take place in Lausanne from 13 to 14 February 2014

During two days, forty-eight participants in the National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES’ Doctoral School will present their thesis project, and thirty experts will comment their work. Costanzo Ranci, professor of sociology at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, will give the opening lecture.

The fifteen sessions of LIVES 2014 “Doctoriales” will focus on a variety of topics such as work, ageing, social policy, family, education, health, unemployment, and methodological challenges in the study of life course.

The PhD students will present the progress of their research, as some of them are entering the closing stretch of their dissertation. Half the experts are LIVES senior members, the other half are invited guests coming from key disciplines (sociology, psychology, demography, social policy, etc.)

Prof. Costanzo Ranci’s opening lecture will address “Social Vulnerability in European Cities in the Age of Austerity. Structural Dynamics and the Role of Local Welfare”. His analysis draws on the results of the EU project WILCO, carried out in 2011-2012 in 10 European countries.