Visual Studies seeks to enhance the understanding of the visual in all its forms -- moving and still images and displays in television, video and film, art and design, and print and digital media. The Division sponsors research in creation, processing, function, meaning, and critical consequences of visual representation. Visual Studies research touches on all other communication fields, investigating such areas as the interaction of the visual with public policy and law, mass communication processes, corporate image and organization, technology and human interaction, elite and popular culture, philosophy of communication, education and the social sphere. The Division reaches beyond content to assure visual analyses are grounded solidly in visual theory and methodology. The Visual Studies Division publishes a biannual newsletter to keep members abreast of the field and its various scholarly societies.
CULT CINEMA AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE CONFERENCE
An AHRC Global Cult Cinema in the Age of Convergence Network Conference
Aberystwyth U, UK
15- 16 April 2014
Registration now open (closes next Monday 17th March). Please go to the conference website http://cultconference.wordpress.com/ for the conference programme and registration form.
Professor Barbara Klinger, Indiana U, USA
Professor Mark Jancovich, U of East Anglia, UK
Conference events include: A 3D screening of Creature From the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold, 1954) in association with Abertoir: Wales' International Horror Festival http://www.abertoir.co.uk/
While academic study of cult cinema can be traced back to the 1980s, there has recently been a surge of scholarly interest in – alongside an increasing popular awareness of – the field. In particular, the advent and development of digital networks has led to an increasing awareness of a variety of cult followings and access to unprecedented cult films from around the world. Research addressing the changes wrought by increased digitization and global connectivity has, however, been relatively scant, as have sustained attempts to discuss and debate these issues. The aim of this conference (organised in association with the AHRC Global Cult Cinema in the Age of Convergence Network) is to bring together scholars to engage in a sustained dialogue addressing the role of technologies in different areas of cult film culture.
If you have any queries relating to the conference, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Sexton, Kate Egan, Matt Hills, Emma Pett and Rebecca Edwards (conference organisers)
CALL FOR PAPERS: Film Noir
An area of multiple panels for the 2014 Film& History Conference: Golden Ages: Styles and Personalities, Genres and Histories
20-24 November 2014
The Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club Madison, WI (USA)
DEADLINE for abstracts: 1 July 2014
AREA: The Golden Age(s) of Film Noir
Motion picture audiences have long grown accustomed to dramatic narratives in which the protagonist struggles to discover some element of truth among a myriad of circumstances and characters. As suggested by Kaplan, Spicer, Harvey, Place, and others, the style of Film Noir represented a different entity within the history of film; one that drew upon social eclecticism, and the seamy underbelly of popular culture. This style, or to some, film genre, forced audiences into re-examining American values, including traditional gender roles, race, and sexuality.
While the war years of 1941-46 featured the private eye or hard-boiled detective’s trip through the social fantastic, the post-war years drew upon the social malaise that was a large part of American culture, and a war ravaged Europe. A later construct was that of psychopathic behavior and criminal intent in which villains and villainesses harbored dark childhoods, and psychological wounds of war.
What can be said about the effects Film Noir, and the novels from which they derive, have had upon traditional Western societies? What cultural or historical factors affected audience perceptions of these stories, and their subsequent pleasures? How did female spectatorship factor prominently in postwar narratives? How has the anti-hero figured prominently in the deconstruction of patriarchy, if at all? This area, comprising multiple panels, explores the concept of “Golden Ages” across the production systems surrounding Film Noir. Topics might include the following:
• Decoding the Production Codes through Film Noir
• Feminism, female sexuality, and fandom
• Gay, Lesbian characters and Queer considerations
• Racial relations, and social disruption
• The existence, or non-existence, of Neo-Noir
• The Family in Film Noir
• The military man or woman in wartime Films Noir
• The recognizable star vs. the unknown actor in Films Noir
• The Tough Guy guise, and the fascination with the Femme Fatale
• Wet, dangerous, and dark: the visual tropes of the Film Noir city
Proposals for individual papers should include a 200-word abstract and the name, affiliation, and contact email of the presenter. Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter.
Deadline for Abstracts: July 1, 2014. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see: www.filmandhistory.org/The2013FilmHistoryConference.php
Please send submissions or queries to the area chair:
Darrell M, Newton
Second VIEW Journal issue, explores Europe on and beyond the screen
VIEW, the Journal of European Television History and Culture is the first peer-reviewed, multi-media and open access e-journal in the field of European television history and culture. It offers an international platform for outstanding academic research and archival reflection on television as an important part of our European cultural heritage. The journal is proud to present its second issue: Europe on and behind the Screen, which is freely available at: http://www.viewjournal.eu.
The second issue comes in a brand new form, with a new title (VIEW), a new URL (viewjournal.eu), a fresh design and a new member on the team of editors-in-chief: John Ellis from Royal Holloway, University of London.The journal makes use of an open access publishing system, OJS, and has developed a tool to insert relevant audiovisual sources in the online reading experience. The journal also received a redesign to maximise readability. The new name, VIEW, indicates a clear vision for the future of the Journal of European Television History and Culture.
The full table of contents for the second issue is:
Editorial - Dana Mustata
Mapping Europe: Images of Europe in the Eurovision Song Contest - Mari Pajala Spain Was Not Living a Celebration. TVE and Eurovision Song Contest during the years of Franco’s Dictatorship - Juan Francisco Gutiérrez Lozano The Golden Stag Festival in Ceausescu's Romania (1968-1971) - Alexandru Matei Comunicar Europa/Communicating Europe. Spain and television co-productions - Manuel Palacio& Concepción Cascajosa Zen and the Art of Adaptation - Jeremy Strong
Live from Moscow: The Celebrations of Yuri Gagarin and Transnational Television in Europe - Lars Lundgren Reading Between The Lines. A Transnational History of the Franco-British Entente Cordial in Post War Television - Andreas Fickers& Andy O’Dwyer Transnational Relations Between The BBC And The WDR (1960-1969): The Central Roles Of Hugh Greene And Klaus Von Bismarck - Christian Potschka Poland's Return to Europe: Polish Terrestrial Broadcasters and TV-Fiction - Sylwia Szostak Hello, Lenin? Soviet Nostalgia on Post-Soviet Television - Kateryna Khinkulova
> From European Identity and Media Imperialism to Public Diplomacy: the Changing Rationale behind Euronews - Eva Polonska-Kimunguyi& Patrick Kimunguyi Télé-clubs and European Television History Beyond the Screen - Ira Wagman
This second issue enables a discussion of European television through different themes, approaches and case studies. Starting with this issue, we present a brand new structure of our journal. The Discovery articles zoom in on case studies from different corners of Europe, while the Explorations offer different approaches to writing Europe’s television history and advancing theoretical discussions in the field.
We wish you a pleasant and inspiring journey through Europe on and behind the Screen!
Reviews for Transnational Cinemas
We are currently seeking reviews for the next issue of the Intellect journal, Transnational Cinemas.
Reviews need to be between 600-900 words and engage with the concerns of the journal.
Information can be found here: http://www.intellectbooks.co.uk/journals/view-Journal,id=183/
The following publication is available for review:
A Social History of Iranian Cinema: Volume 4: The Globalizing Era, 1984-2010 (2012) by Hamid Naficy.