(De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.
10th September 2010, School of the Arts Loughborough University, UK.
Organised by Iris www.irisphoto.org.
Paper Submission Deadline; Friday 30th July 2010
One-day debate on the possibilities of the archive.
This event aims to provide an environment for sharing information whilst stimulating debates about the role of the archive within art, culture and design.
Possible topics of enquiry may include but are not limited to;
• The discussion about how the archive should respond to the digital age continues. How does the physical archive change and adapt in the face of new technologies?
(De)constructing the Archive in a Digital Age.
The conference, organised by the Research Centre for Women's and Gender Studies (CIRSDe), aims to promote cultural exchanges among researchers interested in the gender perspectives in their work. At the same time, it's an occasion to relaunch the debate on how Women's and Gender studies can be integrated into traditional academic approaches.
The topics we intend to discuss are: globalization, cultural exchanges, transculturality, migrations, languages, economic development and the decline in importance of national boundaries. It will be necessary to adopt a gender perspective and an interdisciplinary approach in discussing these subjects.
The different topics will be analysed in the following parallel sessions :
Stephen King once stated: "everything we do has a history. No matter where you come in on any situation, you are not coming in at the beginning." King's observation diagnoses a primary function of horror fiction: to remind contemporary audiences of their placement within this historical, gothic continuum. Horror narratives may, as Robin Wood famously suggested, reflect "our collective nightmares" but this collective is by no means limited to the contemporary moment for fleshing out these nightmares. Horror implicates readers and viewers by exhuming the past—monsters return, bodies rise from graves, and ghosts haunt the present. Furthermore within the Gothic imagination new terrors lurk beyond our social and technological horizons.
John Badham's 1983 film War Games marked the beginning of cinema's relationship with a new medium: the Internet. Since then, as the technology has become ubiquitous in homes and in places of work, the internet has achieved increasing prominence in a variety of film genres. While some theorists have addressed Hollywood's attitude towards competing media in a more general sense, less has been written about the sociological and historical implications of the internet itself on screen. This proposed panel will look at the technophobic and technophilic narratives of internet technology in the context of its rapid integration into our daily lives and expanding presence on film over the last three decades.
Possible paper topics may include:
This panel explores Serbian Film post-1999 and the NATO bombings that marked the end to a decade of wars throughout the former Yugoslavia. Since then, Serbian films may not have received the same international attention as those released during the wars, perhaps because the former Yugoslav Republics and the Balkans no longer hold the same perverse fascination in the Western imaginary. Yet, the last decade has produced the most disturbing and challenging films since the Yugoslav "Black Wave" cinemas of the 1960s. Prospective panelists are invited to submit proposals on recent Serbian film in relation to topics including but not limited to:
• The NATO bombings
• The overthrow of Slobodan Milošević and his subsequent Hague trial
For a proposed panel at the 2011 Society for Cinema and Media Studies:
The work of scholars like Clemencia Rodriguez, John Downing, David Graeber, and Jeffrey Juris has increasingly revealed the necessity of analyzing film and new media in relation to broader activist social formations that transgress institutional and national boundaries. Although film and media studies has offered some substantive scholarship regarding this topic—particularly in regards to AIDS activism and Third Cinema—, it has all-too-often relegated concerns of activism and social movements to sociology and communication studies.
Call For Papers: Scottish (Neo)Medievalism: the imagined 'afterlives' of the Middle Ages
Papers are invited for a proposed special session on 'Scottish (Neo)Medievalism' for The
Thirteenth International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and
Literature at Padua University, Italy, 22-26 July 2011, which will explore the various
cultural 'afterlives' imagined for the Middle Ages in Scotland.
Essay proposals are sought for a volume of critical essays on Robert Cormier's fiction as part of the anticipated relaunch of Palgrave Macmillan's New Casebook series. All essays in the volume will be new and original pieces of work.
The aim of the volume is, primarily, to "show undergraduate readers how recent debates, issues and developments in the field of children's literature, and in modern critical theory, have affected approaches to" Cormier's works. Essays that take a range of approaches to Cormier's work are therefore sought.
Essays (of around 6,000 words) will be due in March 2011.
Please email a 400-500-word essay proposal and a 150-word biographical paragraph by 1 September 2010 to:
Proposed Panel: Gus Van Sant
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference
New Orleans, LA
Justin Horton, Georgia State University
In "The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts," Milan Kundera observes that Central Europe is rarely perceived as an important region in Europe. Indeed, he attests that the nations that create Central Europe 'have never been masters of either their own destinies or their borders.' As such, the countries that form Central Europe have been viewed as extensions of thriving European countries, such as Germany. Yet, the subordination of Central European countries to either Western or Eastern European nations has had drastic impacts on the writers that emerged from this region, as they have been forced to write in non-native languages, have endured political oppression, and weathered several political upheavals.
Contributions are invited for a website connecting modernist literature and economic theory: http://www.mlet.texmar.ro/ . This is intended as an ongoing collaborative project.
The site consists of three main pages containing cross-referenced material. One page lists authors with derivative links to fragments from their works. Another page lists economic theory/ concepts. And a third page lists criticism connecting the theory/ concepts with the texts and authors.
Contributions to the site should be in the form of:
I'm writing on behalf of a new reflective art journal, #3 , setting up here in London. As a journal, we are invested in providing a critical exhibition space through publication for artists from all over the word, dispersing critical/academic and creative reflection on art/architecture/aesthetics, with a particular intellectual focus on questions of spatiality/geography/physical structure/environment. Our forthcoming collaborations include explorations from an collaborative art studio in Kenya's Kibera slum, and comparative reflections on Cambodian temple architecture.
With the influx of new research on media convergence, this panel explores the relationship between two of the most popular American entertainment mediums of the last century: radio and cinema. As film grew in popularity during the first half of the 20th century, so did radio, with the U.S. Census reporting by 1950 that 95 percent of the country owned receivers. This panel seeks papers on the complicated commercial, aesthetic, technological, and sociological relationships between these two mediums during the development of our entertainment industry.
Crossroads: an International Conference
7-8 June 2012
Great things are done when men and mountains meet;
This is not done by jostling in the street.
- William Blake, MS Note-Book.
The book "Contemporary Legal and Economic Issues II" was published in 2009 gathering 17 scientific papers done by a group of international authors coming from various institutions of higher education in Europe and beyond (Poland, Romania, Sweden, Mexico, Ghana, Malaysia, Japan, Russia, UAE, etc.). The authors so far have been M.Sc. and Ph.D. students and professors who individually or as a joint effort contributed an article that have dealt with contemporary legal or economic issues. The book has been edited by two professors in cooperation with the international editorial board and reviews are done by international reviewers from the field of law and economics.