UPDATE: [Film] Refractory - Split Screen

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Tessa Dwyer
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The deadline for the special issue of the e-journal Refractory on
'Split-Screen: Doubling, Duplicity & the Audiovisual' is fast approaching.

Abstracts are due by 3 March 2008.

Full details are as follows:

ISSUE THEME: Split-Screen: Doubling, Duplicity & the Audiovisual

The split-screen is a particularly cinematic device that symbolizes the
voyeuristic omnipresence /omniscience that tends to characterize screen
spectatorship. Yet, split-screens also expose their own artificiality,
baring the mechanics of screen culture by announcing their very
constructed-ness. Thus splitting constitutes a doubling that leads to the
revelation of duplicity. The split generates a critical rupture â€" one that
we posit as intrinsic to audiovisual media and its theoretical interpretation.

This special issue of Refractory seeks to mine the motif of the
split-screen in order to explore aspects of duality and duplicity in
relation to screen culture â€" not just in terms of the audio/visual
relationship, but also, spectatorial processes (both engagement and
identification), representation, film theory and industrial/technological
developments. The spectre of the split seems to haunt contemporary screen
media from every angle, surfacing in relation to zombie flicks,
double-crossing double agents, dubbing technologies and Multiple Language
Versions, to name but a few.

We invite contributors to take up this theme from a variety of historical
and contemporary perspectives or multi-disciplinary approaches. Possible
themes may include (but are not limited to):

âˆ' Screen zombies, clones, androids, dummies & twins
âˆ' Double agents & split personalities
âˆ' Body doubles & TV soap replacement actors
âˆ' Motifs of mirroring
âˆ' Echo & Narcissus
âˆ' Cinema’s “Coming Of Sound”
âˆ' Early cinema lecturers and Talker Pictures
âˆ' Dubbing & (post)synchronization
âˆ' Sound as ventriloquism (i.e. Rick Altman, Mary Ann Doane) &/or ghost
(i.e. Robert Spadoni)
âˆ' Bollywood Playback Singers
âˆ' Split-screens in the oeuvres of directors such as Brian De Palma & Darren
âˆ' Multiplying the split: 24 (Fox Network) & Timecode (Mike Figgis, 2000)
âˆ' Suture theory
âˆ' Two-tiered models of film interpretation
âˆ' Conceptualising the film/theory split
âˆ' Split-theories (i.e. Deleuze’s time/movement break)
âˆ' Derrida’s theory of the supplement (le supplément)
âˆ' Director’s Cuts & Alternate Takes
âˆ' Remakes & Multiple Language Versions (MLVs)
âˆ' Rotoscoping animation techniques (i.e. Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, 2006)
âˆ' 3D technologies & double camerawork
âˆ' Disharmonies between sound & image (i.e. Godard)
âˆ' Films such as Singin' In The Rain (Stanley Donen, 1952), The Conversation
(Francis Ford Coppola, 1974), Blow Out (Brian de Palma, 1981), Palindromes
(Todd Solondz, 2004) & I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, 2007)


Abstracts Due: 3 March 2008
Notification: 31 March 2008
Manuscripts Due: 15 June 2008
Publication: August/September 2008


Tessa Dwyer & Mehmet Mehmet
Cinema Studies Program
School of Culture & Communication
The University of Melbourne

All enquiries & submissions: tdwyer_at_pgrad.unimelb.edu.au

Information for Submissions:
All submissions are to be made electronically as rich text format (rtf)
documents. Abstracts of up to 500 words should consist of a short paragraph
outlining your intended approach, a brief biography & full contact details.
Completed manuscripts should range from 3000 to 7000 words.
To be considered for publication, manuscripts must follow the submission
guidelines for authors detailed here:
http://www.refractory.unimleb.edu.au/home/toAuthors.html Formatting should
follow the Chicago Author-Date System (see Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed
or http://www.libs.uga.edu/ref/chicago.html). Refractory is a fully
refereed journal. All submissions will be anonymously peer reviewed before

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