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December 2014, Week 5


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Jonathan Wroot <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:43:23 +0000
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Apologies for the error below - the deadline is actually 30th Jan 2015.

On 30 December 2014 at 10:07, Jonathan Wroot <[log in to unmask]>

> A reminder that the deadline for the following CFP is 20th January 2015.
> Informal queries and questions are welcomed prior to proposal submission.
> Dr Jonathan Wroot
> Sessional Lecturer, Film Studies,
> Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts,
> University of Worcester.
> PhD awarded by UEA
> Email: [log in to unmask]
> .....................................................
> Distributors, Discs and Disciples: Exploring the Home Media Renaissance
> 23rd May 2015, University of Worcester
> Rationale:
> Distribution is often been seen as the “invisible link” in the media
> industry, in terms of facilitating how films, television shows and other
> texts reach audiences. The rise of digital platforms, such as online rental
> services and bit torrents, recently changed this view and digital
> distribution is the focus of several recent publications. However, there
> has not been a mass shift towards purely digital media, and physical media
> releases are still sought out by fans and consumers. Special editions and
> box-sets for DVDs and Blu-Rays are frequently hyped up on social media, and
> from many countries around the world. Past formats also make for
> collectible items, such as VHS, Laserdisc, and HD-DVD. Terminology related
> to physical media hugely affects perceptions of exhibition and consumption,
> such as ‘box-sets’, ‘binge-watching’, and ‘marathon’.
> Distributors have been recognised as the ones making all this possible.
> Media distribution labels often promote their own actions; or their actions
> are reported on by critics and journalists; or fans and consumers directly
> respond to their releases and related activities. Such activity takes place
> within a variety of contexts – from film festivals to conventions and Q&A
> sessions; from social media, to dedicated websites and themed public
> attractions. This also occurs in relation to a variety of media texts –
> from newer releases to older titles; from films previously unavailable, to
> those regularly watched and celebrated by many.
> The result of the raising of the profile of distributors has been a Home
> Media Renaissance. This exists not only as an alternative to online digital
> media exhibition options, but as one that occurs alongside them. In
> addition to the recent academic study of legitimate and illegitimate
> methods of online downloading and streaming, the simultaneous desire to own
> physical media is prevalent.
> The aim of this symposium is to discuss and debate how and why
> distributors are becoming so prolific in an increasingly digital age. Is
> this activity a reaction to shifts towards downloading and streaming? Are
> consumers increasingly attracted to these forms of media, or are
> distributors desperate to maintain their interest? Can it last?
> Case studies and observations of particular titles are encouraged –
> whether they are films, television shows, or other media – and concern a
> particular genre, national context, authorship figure, or other
> categorisation. This can take the shape of a 20 minute paper, or a shorter
> presentation – for example, as part of a panel of lightning talks or
> speed-geeking.
> Other potential topics could cover, but are not limited to:
> Distribution Labels
> Home Media Formats
> Exhibition Methods
> Consumption Habits
> Fandom (e.g. social media, blogs, communities and groups, etc)
> Marketing and Promotion
> Creativity and Production within Distribution and Marketing
> Critical Reception and Other Reactions
> Awards and Recognition
> Any particular case study is welcomed - whether it relates to a particular
> distributor, film, genre, national cinema, or other category.
> Any research perspective is welcomed - whether it is from academics
> already published in these areas, or early career researchers.
> All topics proposed will also be eligible for inclusion within an edited
> collection. The subject of the symposium has already gained early interest
> from some publishers.
> Proposals should be sent via email to [log in to unmask] Proposals
> should be no more than 200 words, with a brief biographical statement (100
> words) attached. The deadline for these is 30th January 2015. Decisions of
> acceptance will be sent out by the end of February/early March. There will
> be the opportunity to extend the length of the symposium, and potentially
> host it at a different location, depending on the number of proposals.

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