'Glorious Technicolor, Breathtaking CinemaScope': The Spectacle of Technology in Screen Media - 27 February 2010

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University of Warwick, UK
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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: Friday 18th December 2009