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THE FUTURE OF MEDIA STUDIES:  A CONFERENCE
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, October 13-14 1995
Killian Hall, 14W-111, 160 Memorial Drive
 
        As filmmaking enters its second century, the study of film
faces many challenges on many fronts.  The Massachusetts
Institute of Technology is bringing together some of the leading
thinkers about film, television, and media for a far-reaching
discussion of the current state and potential direction of Media
Studies as an academic discipline. Participants will consider such
topics as the impact of television and popular culture studies on
the academy, problems arising from the institutionalization of  film
and media studies, the inter-fertilization of media studies,
ethnography and other social sciences, and ways for media
studies to meet the challenges of new media.  This conference will
provide an opportunity for  significant discussion on a national
level of the future of media studies in the academy.  Attendance at
this conference is free and open to the public.  For more information,
contact Stephen Brophy, [log in to unmask], or 617-253-2873.
 
Look us up at http://web.mit.edu/course/21/21-fms/conference/schedule.html.
 
Schedule
FRIDAY - 13 OCTOBER
 
9:30-10 Welcome from MIT Administration
 
10-10:30        Opening Remarks
        Henry Jenkins, MIT - Scapes, Webs, and Nets:  The Future of
Media Studies
 
10:30-12:30     Institution of Cinema Studies
        Gerald Peary, Suffolk University - moderator/respondent
        Leo Braudy, University of Southern California -  Humanism and
          Its Discontents:  Film and the Revision of Literary Studies
        Robert Sklar, New York University  -  Rules of Formation:
          Cinema Studies as Historical Event
        Janet Staiger , University of Texas, Austin - Should Cinema
          Studies Be Institutionalized?
 
2-4             New Directions in Cinema Studies
        Edward Baron Turk, MIT - moderator/respondent
        Rick Altman, University of Iowa - The Curse of
          Interdisciplinarity
        Noel Carroll, University of Wisconsin, Madison -  Forget the
          Medium
        Virginia Wright Wexman, University of Illinois  -  Does Cinema
          Studies Have a Future?
 
4-6             Television and Popular Culture
        Jane Shattuc, Emerson - moderator/respondent
        Robert Allen, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill -
          Mid-Life Crisis of Cinema Studies
        Lynn Spigel, University of Southern California -  High Culture
          in Low Places:  Television and Modern Art
        David Thorburn, MIT  - Network Prime Time:  A Short History
 
6-7             Reception
 
8-10           Silent Science Fiction Film:  Past and Future Styles of
               Musical Accompaniment:  Sequences from  Metropolis,
                Aelita, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and Voyage to
               the Moon, accompanied by faculty and students of MIT
                - presented by Martin Marks, MIT
 
 
SATURDAY - 14 OCTOBER
 
9:30-11:30       New Media and New Directions
        Amy Bruckman, MIT -  moderator/respondent
        Janet Murray , MIT -  Hamlet on the Holodeck:  Towards an
          Aesthetic of Cyberspace
        Vivian Sobchack, University of California, Los Angeles  -
          Mighty MorphinU Media Studies, or the  Challenge of the
          Electronic
        Robert Metcalfe, Infoworld  - Six Converging Conceptions of
          the Information Superhighway
 
1-3              Ethnography and Media Studies
        Tom Cushman, Wellesley  - moderator/respondent
        Michael Fischer, MIT - TBA
        Martin Roberts, MIT - Transnational Geographic:  Perspectives
          on World Cinema
        Ellen Seiter, Indiana University  - Unwritten Ethnography and
          Other Ghosts of Media Research
 
3-5             National, International, Transnational Media
        Shoggy Waryn, MIT - moderator/respondent
        Hamid Naficy, Rice University  - Minor(ity) Television
        Robert Stam, New York University  - Towards the Multi-
          culturalization of Media Studies
        Majid Tehranian, University of Hawaii - Global Communication
          and Its Discontents:  A Political  Economy Perspective
 
5-6             Open Discussion
 
8-10    Demonstrations of Interactive Technologies developed at
MIT
              - moderated by Peter Donaldson, MIT
 
For more information, contact Stephen Brophy or Chris Pomiecko
at 617-253-2873, or send e-mail to [log in to unmask]
 
 
 
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