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Second Chances, Final Glances: Media Afterlives
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University of Pittsburgh/ Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO)
University of Pittsburgh, October 18-19, 2013
If obsolescence is both a condition and consequence of media culture, how can we approach and articulate the relationship between oldness and newness, obsolescence and innovation, with regard to changes in cinematic form, technology, and scholarship? This conference reconsiders obsolescence as a strategic anachronism, focusing not only on technological formats but also on genres, critical approaches, and texts. To address the allure of the “now” which pervades approaches to everything from Blu-ray technology to Speculative Realism, we affirm the need to turn back in order to imagine what lies ahead.
When an idea, object, medium, or thinker passes into obsolescence, what anxieties or nostalgias does it engender? How are communities formed by shared investment in the displaced, and how are they stimulated by the possibilities of reappropriation? What explanatory frameworks and affective experiences apply when the genealogies of obsolescence are primarily material (e.g. celluloid or 8-bit video games) or discursive (e.g. forgotten critics and faded schools-of-thought)? What can a technology or idea’s reemergence tell us about the context in which relevance is regained?
As technologies, formats, exhibition sites, kinds of objects, and even particular critical archives go out of (and, perhaps more importantly, back into) favor or fashion, they acquire a different aura, such that what's relegated to the margins of the market economy is often central to alternative circuits of the antique, the collectible, kitsch and camp, etc. By exploring transformative moments and practices of moving image production and reception as well as theory and criticism, Second Chances will engage notions of obsolescence and reemergence that determine how we contextualize, historicize, and promote our scholarly projects.
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We welcome approaches from a range of disciplines, including but not limited to: Film and Media studies, Art and Art History, Visual Culture, Feminist and Queer Studies, Communication, Critical Theory, Literature, Musicology, and Philosophy.
Interested graduate students may submit abstracts (maximum 300 words) – along with institutional/departmental affiliations and current email – to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 14, 2013. For more information, please contact the FSGSO by email at the above, or visit our website, Special Affects: http://www.fsgso.pitt.edu