CFP: Cinema and the Museum conference

Call for Papers
Moving Image and Institution:
Cinema and the Museum in the 21st Century

The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH)
Cambridge, England
Wednesday, 6 July 2011 to Friday, 8 July 2011

The conference organisers welcome the submission of abstracts for a 20 minute paper, or a 10 minute moving image/lens-based media presentation + 10 minute talk. Presentations should not exceed 20 minutes in total. The organisers would also welcome proposals for roundtables or structured discussion from groups of 2-4 museum professionals, artists or other practitioners.

The call for submissions is open to academics, curators, museum professionals, filmmakers and artists and all others with professional interests in this emerging field. The focus of these papers is not limited to the contemporary period: presentations may choose to explore earlier case studies or period with a contemporary methodology, for example. It is anticipated that a publication will arise from this conference.

Topics may include, but are not limited to the following themes:
  • Creative geographies
  • Transformative spaces of the cinematic
  • Film and moving image installations
  • Proto-cinematic technologies and the museum
  • Visual narratives in cultural institutions
  • Materiality and digital media
  • Sociological trajectories in cinema and in the museum space
  • The role of the public institution in moving image practice
  • Exhibition practices and cinematic exhibition
  • Curatorial practice in the new museum
  • Cinema and the new museology
  • Ethnographic film
  • Filming the archive and archiving the film
  • Performative spaces and screen language
  • The Virtual Museum
  • Film and user/visitor experience
  • Audio-visual mediation and the presence of the screen in the museum space
  • Museums on film
  • Museums and genre cinema
  • Period film and questions of authenticity
  • Museums, memorials and commemoration: display and exposure
Abstracts of not more than 250 words should be directed to jlgc3 - AT - with the subject heading "CINEMA AND THE MUSEUM CONFERENCE” no later than 18 February 2011. Where applicable please include two lines on your institutional affiliation and details of technical requirements.


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