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 venues in and around the city of Lancaster from 6 to 9 April 2005.
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 a public keynote address, two major plenary sessions, and a range of parallel sessions focusing on issues such as:
The digital imagination
Changing forms of cinematic consumption
Histories of film technologies
The apparatus and technologies of vision
Sound and light in cinema
The politics of cinema technologies
Technologies of new media
Other related topics
There will also be a series of related events in and around Lancaster that highlight the conference themes in a more informal setting.
Scholars in any discipline are invited to submit proposals for papers that address the implications of technology for cinematic practice and theory. 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 via email by 1 September 2004.
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