[UPDATE - DEADLINE EXTENDED] Mediating the Archive Conference

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CUNY Graduate Center, Cinema Studies Group

CFP – Mediating the Archive: Moving Images and Social Histories

The Cinema Studies Group and the Film Studies Certificate Program at The Graduate Center, CUNY, invite proposals for papers to be presented at a conference organized in collaboration with the "Mediating the Archive" Mellon Seminar for Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

Film and media objects have complex afterlives, circulating via shifting paths of exchange. We welcome papers that explore various modes of archival intervention, with an eye toward excavating histories that have been obscured, forgotten, or suppressed. How can the past be mobilized in new ways through critical artistic interventions? Which histories are preserved, and which are lost? How might questions of performance, "liveness," and active spectatorship complicate our understanding of archival practices? What political possibilities do media archives offer in changing the conditions of the present?

The conference will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016, at the CUNY Graduate Center in Midtown Manhattan. Abstracts of 200-300 words, along with a brief bio, must be submitted by December 15, 2015. Proposals and inquiries should be directed to gccinemastudies@gmail.com.