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Verging: Technologies/Practices/Aesthetics in Contemporary Documentary
Two-day Symposium (March 18th – 19th), Downtown Toronto

Keynote Speaker: Jonathan Harris (Network Effect & number27) 

The PhD program in Cinema and Media Studies at York University, Toronto, in conjunction with the Department of Cinema and Media Arts’ Future Documentary Lab, welcomes papers and panels discussing the current landscape and changing language of documentary practices across technologies, aesthetics, and audiences. We invite scholars, practitioners, curators and media workers to present. The Symposium intends to interrogate the evolution of documentary in our wired and digital world. We will gather work from traditional documentary, across interactive storytelling, and through augmented and virtual realities. We will ask how and if commercial, artistic, activist, and educational practitioners can and are working together. 

Jonathan Harris is an award winning interactive artist and computer scientist, known for his work with data poetics and storytelling. The co-creator of We Feel Fine, the director of The Whale HuntI Love Your Work, among many others, Harris’s works have redefined documentary storytelling in the digital age. The winner of three Webby awards, his work has also been recognized by AIGA and Ars Electronica. 

The conference organizers welcome, and highly encourage, individual papers, panel suggestions, and alternative presentation formats (workshops and demonstrations) across all disciplines related to the conference theme and to the keynote speakers’ research. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length. 

POSSIBLE THEMES INCLUDE [not limited to]:

  • Projection spaces and/or spaces onscreen; questions of installation
  • Cross-disciplinary use of virtual reality (i.e., sciences, medicine, artillery technologies) in artistic and cross-artistic practice (i.e., fine arts, dance, theatre)
  • Classical narrative storytelling vs. non-representational forms
  • Temporality and spatiality
  • Questions of distribution: How do you exhibit for a collective audience? Influence/responsibility of private and/or public funding
  • Historical events’ effects on the cultural & aesthetic standards of documentary practice
  • The praxis and ethics of documenting refugees across borders
  • Addressing the demarcation between documentary filmmaking practices and pedagogy
  • Pedagogical uses, potentials, complexities of VR and/or interactive  

Submissions must be sent by Friday, February 19th by 5PM to verging2016@gmail.com, with the required subject line “Proposal [last name] [first name]”. 

Please send the following:

  • An abstract (.pdf format) of no more than 300 words (introducing your research objectives, theoretical framework, and methodology)
  • A brief bio of 100 words. Be sure to state your name and affiliation
  • Please include a working title and partial bibliography of 2-3 sources
  • List equipment needed, if necessary 

Notification of accepted abstracts/panels will be sent by Friday, February 26th. For further inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact: verging2016@gmail.com.

See PDF for more information.

French papers welcomed.

 

Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI)

Ecocinema and Water

Under Western Skies
Water: Events, Trends, Analysis 

Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

September 27 – 30, 2016

This panel invites papers on ecocinema that are in some way connected to water.  Under Western Skies is an interdisciplinary, biennial conference whose past keynote speakers have included Adrian Ivakhiv, Bron Taylor, Vandana Shiva, Donald Worster, Richard Whyte, Patty Limerick, and Gary Paul Nabhan.

See http://skies.mtroyal.ca/

Please submit proposals to mtrono@mtroyal.ca no later than January 31st, 2016, although general inquiries are welcome at any time.

 

Reel Limits: (Re)Conceptualizing Cinematic Space, Bodies and Landscape

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: KAY DICKINSON
Associate Professor, Concordia University

CONFERENCE DATES: MARCH 11 & 12, CARLETON UNIVERSITY, OTTAWA

Rapidly evolving technologies and postmodern conceptions of media have made the definition of cinematic space difficult to articulate. This conference will address this quandary by looking at the differences between what is new, what is the same, and the current fluidity of cinema. Inspired by the changing dynamics in the discourse of cinema, we are looking to reevaluate the cinematic by considering what all cinematic space and the material objects that comprise that space might encompass.

Specific topics might include but are not limited to:

  • The relationship between people and lived spaces.
  • New conceptions of bodies and landscape, possibly due to queer theory or “ecocriticism.”
  • Technological affect within filmic worlds.
  • The affect of specific cultural and temporal milieus on clusters of films and filmmakers.
  • The interdependence of filmmakers and institutions such as film industries and festivals.
  • The changing interface of cinema due to the emergence of cross-platform media.

Proposals should include a 300 word abstract, a working title, name and institutional affiliation, a working bibliography of 2-3 sources.

Please email proposals to reellimitsconference2015@gmail.com by December 14, 2015.

Students of Film Studies and all disciplines are invited to submit proposals and share their research at this conference.

 

Projections : Rendre publiques les études cinématographique
Appel à participation – « Non-colloque » pour étudiants des cycles supérieurs
Du jeudi au samedi, 18-20 février 2016 – Universités Ryerson et York, Toronto
Postuler à gradcolloquium@filmstudies.ca au plus tard le vendredi, 21 décembre 2015.
Cliquez ici pour accéder au CFP (PDF). 

Projections: Making Film Studies Public
Graduate “Un-Colloquium”
Thursday to Saturday, 18-20 February 2016
Ryerson and York Universities, Toronto
Submit to gradcolloquium@filmstudies.ca by Friday, December 21, 2015.
Click here for the CFP (PDF).

 

 

We are now accepting proposals for the 2016 edition of the FSAC/ACÉC annual conference, to be held May 31 – June 2 at the University of Calgary. Submission deadline: Dec. 18, 2015.

Click here for the CFP (DOCX).

Cliquez ici pour accéder au CFP (DOCX).

Please submit to conference2016@filmstudies.ca

 

 

CFP: Screening Characters

Proposals are invited for a new anthology on characters in film, TV, and interactive media to be edited by Johannes Riis (University of Copenhagen) and Aaron Taylor (University of Lethbridge).

Deadline for proposals is Dec. 31, 2015.

Click here for the full poster (PDF).

 

HUMOROUS > DISRUPTIONS

Humour and Technologies of Disruption in Feminist Media Theory and Practice

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: December 31, 2015 

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Appel à contributions : SYNOPTIQUE Volume 5, numéro 1 (cliquer pour télécharger)

HUMOUR > PERTURBATIONS
L’humour et les technologies de perturbation dans la théorie et les pratique médiatiques féministes

Date de tombée : 31 décembre 2015

www.synoptique.ca

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CALL FOR PAPERS

“Xavier Dolan, Queer Nations, and World Cinema:

Locating the Intimate within the Global”

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 29, 2015

With the Jury Prize acceptance speech given at Cannes 2014 and the major buzz generated by his latest feature Mommy, 25-year-old Québécois director Xavier Dolan brought his cinema to the attention of audiences and critics from all around the world. Four times in competition at Cannes since 2009 (with J’ai tué ma mère) and once in official competition at Venice with Tom à la ferme (2013), Dolan has been a crucial player in the film festival circuit for the past five years, and a spokesperson for the inventiveness of Quebec cinema in the international context.

Dolan’s “very Québécois” profile combined with the wide circulation of his films in foreign markets continues to enhance the relevance of Quebec’s cultural specificity in wider frameworks of film reception. Meanwhile, his prolific output provides a growing corpus from which rich thematic, socio-political and aesthetic approaches can be considered. With this in mind, Synoptique is devoting a special issue to Dolan’s work and its relevance both for Québec and world cinema. We therefore invite you to submit texts that transcend the classic “auteurist” approach, instead using Dolan’s cinema as a lens through which to explore a broader range of issues that situate it at the crossroads of contemporary cultural, political and cinematic concerns in the interdisciplinary field of film studies.

Submissions can include, but are not limited to, topics such as:

- National and trans-national cinemas as they relate to youth and queer filmmaking

- Film festivals, networks and circulation

- Language and accents in (trans)national cinemas

- Autobiographical fiction, theories of adaptation, the appropriation of source texts

- Local/global reception

- Queer spectatorships

- Screen acting, performance, directing actors

- The cinema of small nations

- Representations of the family, tradition, contemporary Québec, urban and rural

contexts, diversity

- Queer and border transgressions

- Bodies, desires, fantasies and identity politics

Submissions should be approximately 15-30 pages (3,500-7,500 words), written in either English or French, and formatted according to MLA guidelines. Papers should be submitted by April 15th, 2015. A link on www.synoptique.ca will guide you through the submission process. Feel free to contact us at editor.synoptique@gmail.comshould you have any questions.

Kester Dyer, Andrée Lafontaine and Fulvia Massimi, Guest Editors.

 

Click to download the Call for Papers for this year’s Affect Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba (18-20 September). 

The deadline to apply is April 6, 2015.

 

Call for Papers – Version Française ci-dessous

PROPAGANDA-CENSORSHIP-DIGITAL MEDIA

FILM STUDIES ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
17th ANNUAL GRADUATE COLLOQUIUM

FEBRUARY 27-28, 2015

UNIVERSITY OF REGINA

Keynote Lecture by Dr. Will Straw, Director, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, McGill University

Submission deadline: Monday, December 15th 2014*

Propaganda is pervasive in contemporary society, and has generated a considerable body of artefacts and theories which attempt to explain them. In fact, it is thanks to its role as propaganda during WWI that cinema became a legitimate art. By the end of the 1930s, its mobilizational potential was taken seriously by all countries with established film industries, and continued to be valued during the Cold War, thus generating speculations that cinema has an inherent structural and technological predisposition for distortion – both of optics and of meaning (Paul Virilio). Nowadays, because of ubiquitous screen media outlets, we have witnessed an unprecedented proliferation of conspiracy theories as an alternative form of (dis) information or propaganda. Moreover, since its emergence as a mass media phenomenon, film propaganda has always already been associated with (self) censorship and surveillance. Therefore, at the 2015 FSAC Grad Colloquium, we invite discussion of the complex – even paradoxical – relationship between film/media arts (and film language), on the one hand, and propaganda, surveillance, (self) censorship and conspiracy theories, on the other – from both contemporary and historical points of view.

Papers and possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

- Historical role of film propaganda, surveillance and (self) censorship
- Theoretical approaches to film propaganda
- Conspiracy cinema
- Conspiracy theories on film and in social media
- Censorship and self-censorship in cinema and in social media
- Censorship, self-censorship and the evolution of film language
- Surveillance on film
- Surveillance and (self) censorship
- Contemporary cinematic forms of propaganda and consensus building
- The filmmaker as propagandist
- Digital technology and propaganda
- Cinematography, film sound and editing in service of propaganda
- Propaganda in narrative cinema or avant-garde film or computer games

*Submissions are invited from all English and French speaking graduate students (MA & PhD), in Film and Media Studies or a related discipline. PLEASE NOTE THAT PROPOSALS ON TOPICS other than the colloquium’s official theme ARE ALSO WELCOME. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. Be sure to include your name, degree, academic affiliation, e-mail address, as well as the title of your presentation. Abstracts should be sent to: Philippe.Mather@uregina.ca. Please write “Grad Colloquium 2015” in the subject heading of the e-mail, and upload the abstract as an attachment (in either Word or PDF format). Notices of acceptance will be sent by January 2015.

Click here to download the Call for Papers 

PROPAGANDE – CENSURE - MÉDIAS NUMÉRIQUES

ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE D’ÉTUDES CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUES
17e COLLOQUE ANNUEL DES ÉTUDIANTS DE 2e ET 3e CYCLES
27-28 FÉVRIER 2015

UNIVERSITÉ DE RÉGINA

Discours d’ouverture prononcé par le Dr. Will Straw, Directeur de l’Institut d’études canadiennes de McGill, Université McGill.

Date limite de soumission: lundi, le 15 décembre 2014*

La propagande est largement répandue dans la société contemporaine, ayant produit un large corpus d’artefacts et de théories qui tentent de les comprendre. En fait, c’est grâce à son rôle de propagande pendant la première guerre mondiale que le cinéma est devenu un art légitime. Dès la fin des années trente, son pouvoir de mobilisation fut prise au sérieux par toutes les nations dotées d’une industrie cinématographique, et continua d’être appréciée pendant la guerre froide. Certains en conclurent que le cinéma est caractérisé par une prédisposition structurelle et technologique à la distortion optique et sémantique (Paul Virilio). De nos jours, à cause de l’omniprésence des écrans médiatiques, on peut observer une prolifération sans précédent de théories conspirationnistes qui servent d’”information” ou de propagande. De plus, depuis son apparition au sein des mass média, la propagande cinématographique a toujours déjà été associée avec la censure et la surveillance. Ainsi, au colloque 2015 de l’ACEC pour les étudiants de 2e et de 3e cycles, nous invitons les participants à débattre d’une question complexe, voire paradoxale, soient les rapports entre les arts filmiques (leurs langages respectifs) d’une part, et la propagande, la surveillance, la censure et l’auto-censure, et les theories du complot d’autre part, de points de vue contemporains et historiques à la fois.

Les présentations et sujets potentiels peuvent inclure, sans s’y limiter:
-Le rôle historique du film de propagande, de la surveillance et de la censure
-Les approches théoriques du film de propagande
-Le cinéma conspirationniste
-Les théories du complot concernant le cinéma et les médias sociaux
-La censure, l’auto-censure et l’évolution du langage cinématographique
-La surveillance au cinéma
-La surveillance et l’auto-censure
-La propagande cinématographique contemporaine comme recherche d’un consensus
-Le cinéaste comme propagandiste
-La technologie numérique et la propagande
-La caméra, le son, et le montage au service de la propagande
-La propagande dans le cinéma narratif ou d’avant-garde, ou dans les jeux vidéos

*Tous les étudiants de 2e et 3e cycles en études de cinéma ou toute discipline connexe, pouvant s’exprimer en anglais ou en français, peuvent soumettre une présentation. PRIÈRE DE NOTER que les propositions ne correspondant pas à la thématique du colloque SONT ÉGALEMENT ACCEPTABLES. Veuillez faire parvenir un résumé de votre présentation (maximum : 250 mots). Assurez-vous d’inclure votre nom, diplôme, affiliation académique, courriel, ainsi que le titre de votre présentation. Les résumés doivent être envoyés à : Philippe.Mather@uregina.ca. Veuillez indiquer « Colloque 2015 – 2e et 3e cycles » dans la section « Objet » du courriel et inclure le résumé de la présentation en pièce jointe (format Word ou PDF). Un avis d’acceptation sera envoyé en janvier 2015.