CFP: [Film] Colour and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive

full name / name of organization: 
Liz Watkins

Colour and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive
Conference: 10th July - 12th July 2009, Bristol, UK
Keynote speakers: Tom Gunning University of Chicago, Laura Mulvey
‘An inquiry into colour can take you just about anywhere’ (David
Batchelor, Chromophobia, 2000).
Call for Papers: This conference addresses questions emerging through a
renewed interest in colour film and as an interdisciplinary subject. The
event is part of an AHRC-funded project on colour film, led by Professor
Sarah Street. While colour is a fundamental element of film forms,
technologies and aesthetics it is rarely singled-out for analysis. The
aim of the conference is to extend previous work on colour and to
consider its form and functions from a range of perspectives within four
major strands: histories and technologies; film theory; philosophies and
aesthetics of colour; the ethics, practices and theories surrounding the
deterioration and conservation of colour film. In addition to formal
conference papers, the event will include screenings of prints from the
BFI National Archive as an occasion to mark the 50th Anniversary of
Screen. We invite proposals which address broad issues raised by colour
and the moving image. The conference will provide a forum for discussion
which is informed by, and directly addresses, the interrelations of the
theory, history and aesthetics of colour film and of moving image
technologies in their broadest sense. Proposals which focus on questions
of colour in one or more of the following areas are particularly welcome:
• star systems
• reception theory
• pre-filmic, pro-filmic and onscreen spaces
• fantasy, spectacle, realism and/ or ‘natural’ colour
• synaesthesia: theories and practices of the interrelations of
colour, sound, music as sensation
• chromophilia/chromophobia
• theories formulated at the intersections of colour theory, film
theory and/or philosophy
• distanciation and avant garde film making, histories and theories
• colour and genre
• film histories and new technologies: video, DVD, small screen
technologies as new viewing spaces
• Colour systems including Kinemacolor, Dufaycolor, Chemicolor,
Agfacolor, Technicolor, Eastmancolor

We invite abstracts of c. 200 words for individual papers or pre-
constituted panels consisting of 3 papers to be submitted by 1st
September 2008. Please send abstracts to dram- . If you prefer to submit your abstract by
post, the address is as follows: Colour and the Moving Image Conference,
c/o Dr Liz Watkins, Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television,
Cantocks Close, Woodland Road, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1UP,
Colour and the Moving Image: History, Theory, Aesthetics, Archive is
hosted by the Department of Drama: Theatre, Film, Television, University
of Bristol in association with Kingston University and with support from
the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Screenings in co-operation with
the BFI National Archive, UK and supported by Screen as one of its 50th
Anniversary regional events.

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