[update] CHANGE OF DEADLINE - CfP: Glorious Technicolor, Breathtaking CinemaScope: The Spectacle of Technology in Screen Media

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Anna Sloan, Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, UK
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Please note that the DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS for the conference 'Glorious Technicolor, Breathtaking CinemaScope': The Spectacle of Technology in Screen Media has CHANGED due to overwhelming response.

The new deadline for abstracts is Monday 7 December 2009.

The date of the conference itself is the same. Please see the full CfP below.

Anna Sloan

'Glorious Technicolor, Breathtaking CinemaScope’: The Spectacle of Technology in Screen Media
Saturday 27th February 2010
University of Warwick
Coventry, UK


This inter- and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to explore ways in which particular screen technologies and media are displayed and spectacularised – that is, instances in which attention is drawn to the medium or technology itself rather than simply to its content.

Technological spectacle is not a new phenomenon of the digital age but has occurred throughout the history of the screen arts, perhaps especially upon the introduction of new technologies. This conference will investigate technological spectacle as a possible source of historical continuity and/or site for difference – thus working towards a more synthesised, complete and interdisciplinary understanding of the long history of screen arts, and the processes of technological change which periodically intervene in or develop out of that history.

Papers (20 minutes long) are welcomed which explore any aspect or case of technological spectacle in any screen medium. 'Screen’, ‘medium’ and ‘technology’ are meant in the broadest possible senses, encompassing any historical or current apparatus related to cinema, television, video/DVD, computer programs/games, pre-cinematic forms such as the magic lantern, museum displays, avant-garde forms/uses, etc.

Confirmed speakers include:

* Dr. Alison Griffiths (Department of Communication Studies, Baruch College, New York)
* Dr. William Boddy ( Department of Communication Studies, Baruch College, New York)
* Dr. Helen Wheatley (Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick)

Please send abstracts of 250-300 words, plus short biographical note, to Anna Sloan:


Deadline: Monday 7 December 2009

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