"New and Old Frames"

posted by SHorváth on 2007/12/09 16:47

[ Call for Papers - Call for Entries ]

is the topic of the next NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) conference to be held in Budapest from June 19 through 21, 2008.
Scholars from all areas of film and media studies (radio, television, new media etc.), whether previously attached to NECS or new to the initiative, are invited to submit proposals for contributions to the conference committee. The organizers would like to invite proposals for short, incisive papers of 15 minutes and/or panels (with 3-5 speakers) by December 31, 2007.

NECS work group leaders are invited to organize a pre-constituted panel or panels. The organizers especially encourage submissions from PhD students and early career researchers. NECS-membership is required to participate in the conference (register online on this website). Please submit your proposal by using the Internet form.

There are two ways to participate:

1. Hand in a proposal or panel for open call in any field of cinema and media studies (max. 5 speakers on a panel, 15 min speaking time each, work groups are especially encouraged to hand in a panel proposal).

2. Hand in a proposal or panel related to the thematic guideline of the conference.

In order to provide a thematic guideline, the organizers propose to focus on the moving image in changing media environments. Broadening the scope beyond accounts of new technologies, new forms of media "content" or the changing conditions for production, the conference's title refers to the axiomatic frames which inform both old and new paradigms for studying (audio-)vision and images in/of motion. Paper topics may include, but may not be limited to, the following:

1. new forms of spectatorship and cinematic experience as they emerge from new modes of distribution and the co-existence of cinema with other media on the same technological platforms;

2. the study of classic works of global and European cinema with regard to pictorial and narrative strategies that seem to anticipate the formal innovations and rules of interpretation commonly associated with new media;

3. the impact of online archives and lexicons of film history on film archiving, as well as on film culture and cultural memory in general;

4. the possible contributions of film studies to the study of new and old media in other disciplines, such as cognitive science, sociology, art history, economics, philosophy etc;

5. the viability of traditional tools of film-analysis and concepts of film theory for the analysis of changing audio-visual environments.

The conference language is English. Conference attendance is free. Participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

A first NECS workshop held in Berlin on the occasion of the network’s founding in 2006 provided an overview of the current state of cinema and media studies in Europe. In 2007, the first NECS conference was held in Vienna (see also the CfP in this blog). More than 100 scholars from 22 countries met to discuss new perspectives and future agendas for film study in Europe.

The Budapest Conference is organized in cooperation with András Bálint Kovács, Institute of Art & Communication, Eötvös Loránd University and Oksana Sarkisova, Central European University, Budapest