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Richard Rushton <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 29 Jun 2004 13:37:15 +0100
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April 2005

The Institute for Cultural Research at Lancaster University in the United 
Kingdom will host a major international conference around the broad theme 
of "Cinema and Technology". The conference will take place at Lancaster 
University and nearby venues from 6 to 9 April 2005.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:
Marie-Luise Angerer - Kunsthochschule Medien/Kunst- und 
Medienwissenschaften, Köln
Lisa Cartwright - Department of Communication, University of California-San 
James Elkins - Art History and Criticism, University of Chicago
Thomas Elsaesser - Department of Media and Culture, University of Amsterdam

Conference aims:
Our aim is to address the digitisation of the film image and the 
consequences of this process for theories of history, subjectivity, agency 
and perception. Within this general framework, participants will be 
encouraged to engage with the dematerialisation of the film image, the uses 
of digital cameras, the forms of contemporary cinematic experience, and 
revisionist debates about the meanings of technology. The conference will 
feature two major plenary sessions and a range of parallel sessions 
focusing on such issues as:
ˇ       The digital imagination
ˇ       Changing forms of cinematic consumption
ˇ       Histories of film technologies
ˇ       The apparatus and technologies of vision
ˇ       Cinema/technology/ideology
ˇ       Sound and light in cinema
ˇ       The politics of cinema technologies
ˇ       Technologies of new media
ˇ       Other related topics

We are also planning a series of related events in and around Lancaster 
that highlight the conference themes in a more informal setting, including 
a public lecture by a film industry figure, a film premiere, and a tour of 
cinema-related venues in the Lake District.

Scholars in any discipline are invited to submit proposals for papers that 
address the implications of technology for cinematic practice and 
theory.  Proposals for preconstituted panels are also welcomed.  Proposal 
should include: provisional title, an abstract of up to 250 words, your 
name and contact details (including an email address), and should be sent 
to June Rye ([log in to unmask]) by 1 September 2004.

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