Lost and Found: Nostalgia in Media - February 25th and 26th, 2011

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Call for Papers: LOST AND FOUND: Nostalgia in Media

NYU Cinema Studies Student Conference, Spring 2011

February 25-26, 2011 -- New York University, New York, NY

The New York University Cinema Studies department is excited to announce the 2011 Student Conference. Each year, our goal is to bring together scholars from a variety of departments and disciplines in order to address the transformations currently shaping the field of cinema studies. We look forward to providing students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels with an opportunity to present their ideas to their peers. Organized by and for students, the conference offers a unique forum for intellectual dialogue and stands as a valuable learning experience.


"To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it,
and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward."
- Margaret Fairless Barber

This year's conference aims to explore, embrace, commemorate, and/or critique the concept of nostalgia as it relates to cinema and other forms of media. In examining this relationship, our goal is not only to reminisce on what is "lost" but also to discover what might be "found" in our consideration of this concept. Submissions might address, but are not limited to, the following topic areas:

*Structures of Cinephilia: What role does nostalgia play in our love of moving images? Papers in this category might cover issues surrounding cinephiliac audiences (including fan, cult, critical, and scholarly groups) or theoretical, historical, and technological perspectives on the affective desire for images.

*Politics of Nostalgia: Submissions in this area might consider the political implications, both conservative and radical, in the nostalgic appropriation of old media (texts, styles, genres, etc.) for new political and cultural statements. Additionally, participants could discuss how these acts of appropriation, ranging from censorship to subversion, alter the 'original' meaning of the material.

*The Digital Threat: As digital recording technologies become more prevalent, obsolete practices of capturing and reliving memory come under increasing threat of extinction. What impact does the ubiquity of these technologies have on collective and individual nostalgia?
Conversely, how are these new technologies influenced by and remain in dialogue with traditional methods of recording?

*Future/Past: Discussions in this category may include analyses of reflexive filmmaking practices (adaptation, pastiche, remake, etc.) or reflective collection methods (archive, memorabilia, ephemera) as they relate to conceptions of nostalgia and media.


This list is by no means exhaustive, and we invite students who have differing perspectives or their own critical responses to contribute their work. Students are also encouraged to form and propose full panels dealing with conceptual angles not listed here.

Guidelines – submissions for single presentations: Please submit a proposal of 250 words or less and your bibliographic references to cinecon2011@gmail.com by January 21, 2011. Presentations will be no more than 20 minutes, including audio-visual materials (approximately 7-10 pages, double spaced). Please include your name, presentation title, institution, major or department affiliation, and student level (BA, MA, PhD, etc.) with your submission.

Guidelines – submissions for full panels: Students who wish to form their own 3-student panels on a topic may submit proposals with a sponsoring professor or ABD PhD student as moderator. Submissions should be e-mailed to cinecon2011@gmail.com and should include a 250-word (max.) abstract for each presentation, a brief description of the panel topic, and the name and contact information for the sponsoring moderator. Please also include each presenter's name, presentation title, institution, major, or department affiliation, student level (BA, MA, PhD, etc.), and e-mail address. Time slots for the full panel and following discussion are limited to 75 minutes, including audio-visual materials. Full-panel submissions will have preference for inclusion in the conference and are due by January 14, 2011.