Showing posts from June, 2010

Discipline Biography

I'm currently doing further research into the history of American sociology for a chapter I'm writing. In addition to more standard histories of the field or more theoretical treatments of the history of sociology, I've come across a book (Fifty Years in the Sociological Enterprise) written by one sociologist, Charles H. Page, tracking his career trajectory across affiliated institutions, such as City College, Smith, and Princeton. Page was hardly a central figure in 20th century sociology, but his book is interesting precisely in its typicality, including solid programs that fall outside the typical Chicago-Harvard-Columbia-Wisconsin programs usually dominating such histories. More to the point, Page is not writing an auto-biography exactly but is approaching the history of the discipline through personal history.
I toss this post out because I'm curious about how we tell the history of the discipline. Autobiography certainly has its drawbacks as an approach; it can fo…

CFP: Berkeley silent film conference

The First International Berkeley Conference on Silent Cinema
Cinema Across Media: the 1920s
February 24–26, 2011

Cinema’s institutional consolidation in the 1920s enlisted practitioners from many other fields and transformed the entire ensemble of established media. Avant-garde cinemas borrowed extensively from a variety of artistic practices, while the “cinematic” became the new standard for both modernist aesthetics and popular culture. Today’s multimedia environment brings cinema of the 1920s into new focus as the site of rich intermedial traffic, especially if the term “media” encompasses not only recording technologies and mass media, such as photography, phonography, radio, and illustrated press, but also the physical materials used for aesthetic expression, such as paint, print, plaster, stone, voice, and bodies.

We welcome proposals from scholars in a variety of disciplines, including music, architecture, literature, art history, theater, dance, and performance studies, and encour…

Philadelphia-area film screenings

For those in the area, I have a new site charting local screenings: Philadelphia Repertory Film Blog. Note that I will start writing and posting here more this summer - I promise!

Call for Curators: In Media Res

Alisa Perren posts a call for "curators" for In Media Res, which combines an audiovisual clip with a short written analysis/polemic. Topics to include:
July 5-9 Sports and MediaJuly 12-16 Summer TV Season August 2-6 Lady Gaga’s gender/queerness August 9-13 Action Films August 16-20 Wrestling August 23-27 Regulation August 30- Sept 3 Children's Culture Sept 6-10 Dragon*Con Sept 13-17 Film Festivals
For more details, check out the fuller call.