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May 1999, Week 1


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"J.E.Gibbs" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 4 May 1999 20:58:16 +0100
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I hope this updated information on the conference we are holding in March
is of interest. Information is also available on the conference website

John Gibbs.

The University of Reading                    Department of Film & Drama

                           Style & Meaning

        Textual Analysis - Interpretation - Mise en scène

                        17 18 19 March 2000


                     Key-note speakers include:
            Laura Mulvey, V.F. Perkins, George M. Wilson

There are still opportunities to contribute to this major film conference
devoted to practices of close analysis and in particular to the
relationship between film style and meaning. After a period of relative
neglect, in some respects film studies has been marked in recent years by
significant developments in writing about visual style. Fundamental
questions have been raised about the purposes of, and methodological
frameworks for, the detailed analysis of film and about the place of
interpretation and of evaluation. A central aim of the conference is to
explore and debate methods of textual analysis and associated issues of
meaning and value, as matters which should be central to teaching and
writing about film.

In addition to the familiar pattern of keynote speakers, panel discussions
and plenaries, the conference will include workshops in which speakers will
present frameworks for analysis of the detail of a movie, as an
introduction to extended discussion.

Proposals are invited on any area of cinema but we are looking especially
for papers and workshop introductions which will contribute to debates
about the principles and practices of close analysis. Proposals on
pedagogy, on the history of criticism, or on theoretical issues related to
film analysis, style, interpretation etc. are also welcome

Abstracts should be about 200 words (papers will be about 20 minutes in
length and workshop introductions up to 30 minutes) and should be submitted
no later than 30 June 1999, to: Style & Meaning Conference, Department of
Film & Drama, The University of Reading, Bulmershe Court, Earley, Reading,
RG6 1HY. Fax: 0118 9318873. e-mail: [log in to unmask]

Organising Committee
Alison Butler, John Gibbs, Jim Hillier, Douglas Pye

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