CALL FOR PAPERS AND PARTICIPATION
FILM AND MEDIA CONFERENCE
SHIFTING LANDSCAPES: FILM AND MEDIA IN EUROPEAN CONTEXT
JUNE 16-18, 2006
ISTANBUL BILGI UNIVERSITY, TURKEY
Within the last decade and a half, European film and media have faced new challenges due to the macro processes of international migration, political, cultural and economic globalization, as well as the gradual rise of the European Union as a new political-economic and cultural power bloc. Although there is a vein of scholarship that situates these developments in the more neutral realm of ‘mixing of cultures’, ‘hybridization’, ‘experiences of border-crossing’, and ‘new freedoms and deterritorialization’, it should be noted that a good portion of recent films and other works point to a series of significant social, economic and cultural problems such as: racism, sexism, unemployment, urban bias, etc. In the midst of these structural transformations, and 70 years after Benjamin’s seminal essay, “Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” another element, digitization, is now a force majeur that is altering production, distribution and exhibition of artwork in an unprecedented way. Changes in both technology and the sociopolitical and economic spheres are manifested not only in the domain of artistic work itself in the form of content, aesthetics and form, but also in the physical sphere of social life. We now experience a constant flux of simultaneous fragmentation and integration through the aggregating and disaggregating forces of global, regional and local mobility both materially in terms of individual/social reality, and virtually through film, audiovisual media, CMC—and, more significantly, through the ongoing convergence of these media. While broadcasting is losing ground to narrowcasting, the movie theaters of the “arcades” have been replaced by the multiplexes of shopping malls, turning spectatorship and movie-going into a completely new sport and the cinematic encounter into a “viewing strip” where the screen extends beyond the domain of the theater and into the realm of a multitude of other spectacles from shop windows to LCD screens to cell phones.
The aim of this conference is to address the complex and intertwined issues in European film and audiovisual media arising from the transformations in technology and social/urban landscapes, and in the macro forces of economics and politics. These changes have significant implications for the production, distribution and exhibition/consumption of European audiovisual works, thus creating new micro-realities “within” and “across”, and beyond the bounds of nationality, geography, space, language, ethnicity, race, gender and sexuality, age, socioeconomic status, etc. We invite contributions from researchers and professionals from a broad cross-section of related schools and disciplines.
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