Tracing Stillness in Photography and Cinema-2011 SCMS Panel in New Orleans (03/10-03/13)

full name / name of organization: 
Louise Hornby/Tulane University
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This panel aims to address questions about medium and the historical and contemporary relationship between still photography and the moving image. In an effort to rethink classical film theory's understanding of photography and film as opposed media, the panel seeks papers that demonstrate how and why photography and photographic stillness matter for film.

How does photography gain visibility in the context of other time-based media? How have images of stillness informed a history of cinema? Is stillness a function of temporal scale? How do photography and photographic stillness participate in the current transition to digital media? Is stillness solely the purview of photography? How have the lines between photography and film become muddied?

Please send a 250-word abstract by August 10 to