Yale Film Studies Grad Conference January '10: Call for Papers
takuya.tsunoda at yale.edu
Sun Aug 16 08:24:52 EDT 2009
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students in your department.
Call for Papers
Film Studies Program at Yale University
2nd Annual Graduate Student Conference
“SCREENS, SOUNDS, SEATS: on motion picture exhibition”
January 28-29, 2009, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Keynote Speaker TBA
As cinema has re-invented itself in myriad forms, ranging from
vaudeville variety programs to television, from the drive-in to
portable ipod touch screens, “film exhibition” has re-asserted its
importance in the field.
Volatile in the 19th century, integral in the ‘silent’ era, and
highly refined in contemporary commercial cinema, exhibition practices
remain central to understanding where cinema has been and where it is
heading. Implicitly or explicitly, film & media scholars have focused
on exhibition to understand cinema’s historical place within a
culture. We mind how films self-consciously reflect on exhibition as a
means to understand the nature of the art, framing the image from the
perspective of the thousands gathered in a picture palace to the
headphoned sardine at thirty thousand feet. None may be more conscious
of exhibition than the makers, who look through a viewfinder but must
imagine what the viewer’s eye will see.
This conference invites proposals on any domain of screen practice,
from any discipline. Our goals are to examine the relationship of the
image onscreen to the range of social, political, and aesthetic
discourses on its borders, and to explore the experience of
spectatorship as it continues to evolve.
Submissions may take inspiration from, but are not limited to, the
– Moviegoing in urban/rural environments – Traveling exhibition –
Multi-use venues – Live music & vocal performers – Multi-sensory
shows & 3D - Expanded Cinema – Inter-arts & performance – Digital
media – Design & distribution – Cinema architecture – Release
patterns & economics – Changing platforms – Piracy & appropriation
– Decline of movie theatres – Future of exhibition – Television &
the family – Pornography in the media sphere – Films & filmmakers
that reflect on exhibition – Psychology & cognition of the moviegoer
– Comparison to exhibition & performance in other arts –
Identifying historical trends in exhibition – Trends in film theory
– World cinema & global enterprise – Segregated sites of exhibition
– Activist screening practices
Presentations may not exceed 20 minutes.
Please submit abstracts of 250 words or less to yalefilmstudies at gmail.com
by October 15, 2009. Please include paper title, name, institution,
department, email & phone. Open to graduate students only.
Sponsored by the Yale Graduate School, Whitney Humanities Center, Film
Studies Program, & Film Studies Center.
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