Future Histories of the Moving Image Conference - Call for Papers

From: Steven Ball (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Apr 02 2007 - 07:22:21 PDT

Future Histories of the Moving Image
An international conference to be held at University of Sunderland, UK
16-18 November 2007

Keynote Speaker: Professor Patricia Zimmermann (Ithaca College, New
York), with other keynotes to be confirmed

As is now widely acknowledged, with the advent of digital technology
the nature of moving image production, distribution and exhibition has
changed dramatically. In particular, a rapidly increasing number of
people are now accessing an increasing volume and range of moving
image material online. This technology is also changing the way in
which we analyse and document current and historical moving image
practices, as there has been a recent proliferation of digital archive
and database projects relating to film, video and television
practices. It is timely therefore to examine the changing ways in
which we are circulating and interrogating moving image culture.

We would particularly welcome papers that address the following areas:

What impact does the increasing reliance on database resources have
on the nature of the histories we produce and write?
History as database vs history as narrative.
Implications of the proliferation of online critical writing (from
refereed academic journals through to personal blogs) and its
dissemination, with the blurring of the traditional distinction
between professional and amateur writer.
The role and implication of immediate online distribution/exhibition of works
What impact is digital distribution having on theatrical exhibition?
Issues arising from the perceived need on the part of major
producers/broadcasters to develop content for multiple platforms.
The implications of multiple producers being able to disseminate a
wide range of material to multiple niche audiences (giving the idea of
'narrowcasting' a new meaning).
Revival/development of found footage production practices with the
availability of digital archives such as Library of Congress Internet
Archive (including the Prelinger Archive) and BBC Open Archive
Questions relating to the increasing accessibility online of moving
image material in relation to intellectual property and the
development of the Creative Commons copyright licence.
The creative influence of database logic on film structure.

The conference will also host an open workshop with participation by
the Arts Council England, the Tate and the British Film Institute
which will address the issues of securing the sustainability and
maximising the use/visibility of the growing number of film and video
database/online research resources.

Please send proposals of 200-300 words for papers of approx. 20
minutes, together with a brief biographical note by 30 May 2007 to the
conference organisers (Steven Ball, Julia Knight and Stephen
Partridge) at email suppressed

Future Histories of the Moving Image is a joint conference organised
by the Univeresity of Sunderland, the British Artists' Film and Video
Study Collection (University of the Arts, London) and the Visual
Research Centre at the University of Dundee, in collaboration with
Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media
Technologies. All papers delivered at the conference will be
considered for publication in the journal.

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.