Society for Cinema & Media Studies - 2017 - Mediating Things in Motion

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Kim Beil / Stanford University
contact email: 

Mediating Things in Motion

(Audio)visual media structure and articulate our relation to speed, slowness, and mobility. In the arts, in the sciences, in the realms of commerce and government, as well as on the terrain of the everyday, they serve to organize perceptions and to ground understandings of various moving phenomena, of things and worlds in motion. The audio-/optico-technological capture and storage of such phenomena—accelerative objects and bodies, motive energies and materialities—have, in turn, enabled and impelled the reinvention or revaluation of certain media-aesthetic conventions and media-epistemic protocols.

This panel explores (audio)visual media’s practical, sensorial, political, and/or theoretical entanglements with speed, slowness, and mobility in or across historically and culturally specific contexts. We are particularly interested in papers that examine (audio)visual media’s complex and contingent involvement in the development, transformation, or disruption of perceptual paradigms (dominant or subordinate), of institutional logics and practices, of ordinary uses and routines, or of power-knowledge formations.

Potential topics include but are not limited to:

Motion, speed, and mobility in augmented and/or virtual-reality

Science of speed and motion inside the body (fMRI, radio contrast agents, microfluidics)

A/V speed mismatches in film and video (high speed/slo-mo)

Motion, education, and the science of “seeing”

Doppler effect and stereo sound

Media and transportation/automobility

Standardization of recording and playback speeds

Radar speed detection and traffic surveillance

Logics and aesthetics of destruction-in-motion

Loss, latency, and/or video buffering

Radical slowness

High-frequency trading and global markets

Mapping communication networks and information flows

Geographic Information Systems

Speed and representation of environmental degradation 

Geotagging and mediated places

Please send an abstract (300-350 words), 3-5 bibliographic sources, and a brief author bio to Greg Siegel at and to Kim Beil at, by August 1, 2016. Notifications will be sent out by August 15.