The aim of the conference is to review the current state of research in the history of moviegoing and film exhibition and distribution. We seek to bring together scholars dealing with these subjects from all over the globe. The growing number of case studies in local film history increases the need for comparative studies of cities, regions, and nations, while the relationship between micro and macro history(ies) is becoming a major issue for the field. The analysis of patterns and networks in film culture also calls for special attention to methodology. The conference aims to bring European perspectives on cinemagoing and film exhibition into dialogue with British, American and Australian research, and with research elsewhere in the world, in Africa, South America and Asia.
The conference aims to explore and map several crucial tensions arising from the issues of exhibition and cinemagoing, including:
The attention given to “top down” forces of industry, commerce and ideology as against “bottom up” forces of experience, consumption and escapism;
Contesting concepts of public and private space in media experience;
Questions relating to cinema’s integration into to the metropolitan experience of modernity, compared to its role in the construction of community in less urbanised and rural areas.
Please submit abstracts (500 words) with short bio to Gert Willems (Gert.firstname.lastname@example.org)and Liesbeth Vandevijver (Liesbeth.email@example.com) by 6 July 2007. Speakers will be notified of acceptance by 31 July 2007
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