FILM CONFERENCE AT THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
APRIL 28, 29, 30, 1995
THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIO AS AUTEUR
The hypothesis of studio as auteur aims to provoke a
reconsideration of Hollywood studio practice and product in order to
reimagine the role of collective agency in twentieth-century cultural
production. The approach aims to restore something like human agency to
the increasingly hegemonic phenomenon dubbed "the classical Hollywood
cinema": "something like human agency" because that agency is in fact
corporate. The hypothesis of studio as auteur answers to the conviction
that the chief obligation of contemporary film theory and scholarship is
to investigate the nexus of corporate agency in Hollywood motion pictures:
to map its diverse manifestations in the major and minor studios, to
analyze the changing constitution of corporate agency as the studios
responded to pressure from the market and the state, to assess how the
exercise of corporate agency affected the self-understanding and practice
of producers, performers, and consumers, and, finally, to describe how
its effects showed on the screen.
We invite proposals for 50 minute papers that investigate
theoretically or historically the critical utility of studio as auteur.
The featured speaker at the Conference "Studio as Auteur" will be
Thomas Schatz, G. B. Dealey Professor of Communications at the University
of Texas and author of *The Genius of the System: Hollywood Filmmaking in
the Studio Era*.
The Conference will be limited to twelve participants who will
each receive an honorarium to help defray expenses. Book publication of
the proceedings is expected.
Please send 500 word proposals for papers by September 30, 1994 to
Jerome Christensen, Director of Film and Media Studies, English
Department, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218. Communications
are invited also at FAX: (410) 516-4757.