Showing posts from August, 2012

Film canons

Recently Girish posted his concerns that film studies as a discipline resists explicit discussions of the film canon.
Now, no one would deny that implicit — or de facto — canons exist in film studies. Despite the great move in postmodern thinking that flattened all cultural objects to the same level, the reality is that certain films find greater favor than others for the purposes of teaching or scholarship. Why then doesn’t the discipline call attention to this fact by making it public and explicit — in a gesture of institutional self-examination — by means of a poll? Is it because of an underlying (and embarrassing) suspicion that the idea of a canon is too often associated with aesthetic preferences?
I think there are two key reasons for film studies to get actively involved in the canon formation effort. First, it would initiate public conversation by bringing two film cultures — journalistic and academic — into dialogue, conflict and exchange. Second, in today’s Internet and s…

Yale Conference, European Film 1929-30

All are invited to a film conference at Yale - Please circulate widely.

After the Crash: European Film ca. 1929-1930
September 14-15, 2012

Yale University
Auditorium, Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, CT

All featured films screened on restored or archival 35mm prints (unless noted) with English subtitles.

In the history of Europe, 1930 was particularly marked by the impact of the Depression in the aftermath of the American stock market crash of 1929. This impact could be seen, for example, when Miguel Primo de Rivera, prime minister of Spain and head of a military dictatorship, was obliged to resign due to a financial crisis and by 1931 the king was forced to flee as republican and socialist parties won a big majority in local elections. In 1930 Germany also saw increased polarization in its political world as the communists, socialists and Nazis emerged as rivals in a struggle for power that culminated in the Nazi take-over of 1933. The Soviet Union, which was less…

CFP: Magic of Special Effects

André Gaudreault (GRAFICS - Université de Montréal)
Martin Lefebvre (Concordia University)
Viva Paci (Université du Québec à Montréal)

wish to invite you to participate to the conference The Magic of Special Effects. Cinema-Technology-Reception, to be held (next year) on November 5-10, 2013 at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal. The conference will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Cinémathèque’s foundation.

The call for papers is included in the image above. Submit your proposal before October 1, 2012 at the following address:

CFP: Bourdieu and Film/Media Studies

New Uses of Bourdieu in Film & Media Studies 
Call for Papers

A one day conference will be held on Friday 16th November in collaboration between Newcastle University's Research Centre in Film & Digital Media and the University of Sunderland's Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, with keynote speaker Professor Bridget Fowler of the University of Glasgow.

 Despite the profound influence of Pierre Bourdieu's work in the fields of sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, it has been less extensively employed in research in the fields of film and media. Certainly for film, this is partially explained by a lack of direct comment by Bourdieu on the subject (the short essay "Culture is in danger" (2000) represents the most striking exception in this regard). Although Bourdieu has written more extensively on media, this has certainly not produced what one might call a Bourdieu school of media studies. The aim of the conference, therefo…