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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).

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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

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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.

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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.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

Imagining Crisis
York University Cinema & Media Studies Graduate Student Conference 2014
Toronto, Canada
November 21-23, 2014

 

Midway into the second decade of the 21st century, the term crisis has emerged as a dominant signifier, descriptor, and instrument of provocation and analysis. Crisis marks both a separation and a turning point, a break and a place of decision. In this light, crisis can be a critical tool, a means through which to imagine change, a site in which to work at questioning established limits (social, political, epistemological, ontological). As spaces of potential intervention in the given state of affairs, crises emerge from within and against a great variety of transitional moments, marking them as endpoints and/or origins.

Crisis can also be seen as the raison d’être of contemporary systems of control under neoliberal “24/7” capitalism. Indeed, in a world of “posts” (post: 911, “Axis of Evil”, economic collapse, Egyptian Revolution, Snowden, etc.), where economic, governmental, and mediatic forces of continuity now arguably absorb and integrate rupture and exception into their norms, have we reached a kind of crisis point of the very notion of crisis? Are we “post-crisis”? “Imagining Crisis” takes as its starting point the question of the crisis of crisis, and how to imagine  crisis — to take on a crisis of the imagination — in way specific to our contemporary moment.

What kinds of questions and contingent answers does crisis — or the crises specific to our time, to our academic, activist, and artistic practices — provoke? Conversely, how can we question the very notion of crisis, or use crisis to imagine and bring into being new forces? How does crisis make things politically and socially visible; and how does crisis as a critical term reveal itself?

Crisis can offer cinema and media studies scholars, filmmakers, media artists, and activists of many stripes an experimental and diagnostic space for critique and research. For example: is film studies reaching a crisis point in terms of its role in academia or in relation to significant changes in its purported object of study (celluloid film and/or digital video)? For media artists, are the institutions of the art gallery or the film festival at a point of transformation or obsolescence? Do social media sites like Facebook and Twitter present necessary challenges  to or opportunities for political and social activism? The multiplicity of ways in which crises present themselves as spurs and challenges to imagination and image technologies, as well as how crisis itself needs to be interrogated as a useful (or not) analytical term, is what “Imagining Crisis” seeks to begin to map out.

Topics for discussion and papers may include but are not limited to: 

– film as a (cultural) object in a state of transformation, decay, and/or mutation;

– academic and disciplinary transformations and the challenges they pose to critical thought, practice and pedagogy;

– representations of ecological and environmental development and disaster in film and media;

– changes in social (sexual, moral, etc.) conventions as represented in film and television programs;

– the roles of attention, participation and/or boredom in the contemporary mediascape;

– the representation and/or the critical analysis of precarious labour and identities (immaterial and manual labour, union busting, small studios, etc.);

– changes in media platforms and social networks and how they have affected the practice of film criticism, history, and/or analysis;

– navigating the blurring of boundaries between privacy and publicity;

– temporality and historical change as located in/through media objects and discourses;

– the human, the animal, the posthuman, and the cyborg as (post)historical subjects.

 

We welcome papers that engage with the work of contemporary scholars and theorists like, but not limited to, McKenzie Wark, Rosi Braidotti, Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker, Wendy Chun, and Benjamin Noys. We also welcome filmmakers, media practitioners, and activists to present and discuss their work. 

The confirmed Keynote Speaker for “Imagining Crisis” is McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker ManifestoGamer Theory50 Years of Recuperation of the Situationist InternationalThe Beach Beneath the Street, and The Spectacle of Disintegration, among others. He is a Professor at the New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College in New York City.

 

Please send a 300 word abstract, brief bibliography, and bio (with institutional affiliation, if applicable) as email attachments by September 28, 2014 to imaginingcrisis@gmail.com 

Notifications about acceptance or rejection of proposal will be sent by October 1, 2014.

 

“Imagining Crisis” will be held at York University, Toronto, Canada from November 21-23, 2014. 

The conference is cosponsored by Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology, York University.

 

SYNOPTIQUE Call For Papers

OUT OF THE DARK STACKS AND INTO THE LIGHT:

RE-VIEWING THE MOVING IMAGE ARCHIVE FOR THE 21st CENTURY

 

The archive, as a concept, an action, and a physical repository of historical traces and material fragments, has a central place within contemporary film and moving image studies. The archive is not only a location for historical research; it also functions as a source of images and materials to be mined by filmmakers and media artists. Many studies of the archive have focused on these two dominant approaches to the use and formulation of moving image archives, especially in studies of documentary and avant-garde compilation or found footage cinema. Increasingly, film and media scholars are also turning to the archive to revise histories of film theory, film production, and its distribution and circulation, especially in post-colonial, historiographical, and transnational film scholarship. As such, the archive becomes as much a site of struggle and contested histories, as it is a site of creative inspiration and cultural preservation.

 

With the transnational and global turn in film scholarship, a greater analysis of the circulation and display of archival materials and moving images is necessary to understand how archival access might impact the current assessment of global and local shifts. In this special issue on the moving image archive, we wish to focus on both the sites of archival preservation and display of moving images (including museums, art galleries, institutional archives, private collections, and the Internet), as well as the circulatory and creative networks that connect them. In doing so, we intend to bring questions of circulation and exhibition into dialogue with the archive, in addition to a focus on the archive as a concept and method of artistic practice.

 

Submissions may include, but are not by any means limited to, topics such as:

  • Archival preservation, access, technologies, and practice
  • Archive as concept or methodology (landscape as archive, Internet archive, etc.)
  • Archival images in experimental films, videos, and games (compilation, found footage, database films, etc.)
  • Archives, gesture, sound, and performance
  • Digital archives and digitalization of archival materials
  • Documentary and the evidentiary uses of archival moving images
  • Colonial and postcolonial archives
  • Community organizations and archival display
  • Critiques of archival theory, media studies theory, and film theory
  • Global flows and circulation of archival materials and images
  • Institutional histories of a specific archive
  • New media, remix cultures, and the archive
  • Queer and feminist archives
  • Spaces of display and archival practice (museums, non-theatrical spaces, online databases, etc.)

 

Essay submissions for the peer-review section should be approximately 15-30 pages including the bibliography (maximum 7,500 words), and formatted according to MLA guidelines. This special issue is invested in exploring the archive in all its conceptual and practical manifestations, so we also welcome shorter pieces (2-8 pages, maximum 2,000 words) related to archival images or practice for our non-peer review section. This section includes conference or exhibition reports, book reviews, research creation pieces related to archival images or practice (including video essays, photograph series, and other digital projects accompanied by an explanatory text), and interviews with artists or archival practitioners.

 

All submissions must be in either French or English. Papers should be submitted by October 10, 2014. A link on www.synoptique.ca will guide you through the submission process. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have at: editor.synoptique@gmail.com.