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Reframing Cinema Histories

This one-day symposium ‘Reframing Cinema Histories’ will address historical approaches to the study of cinema. Proponents of the ‘historical turn’ in film studies and what is termed ‘new cinema history’ have repeatedly called for an interdisciplinary research model and for practices that require the use of a wide range of primary sources, but as the contexts in which we work evolve, how is our research and our field of study developing? What new studies, approaches and models are emerging?

Hosted by University College Cork, this symposium will bring together a select group of scholars working on a range of historical projects in a focused one day event. Through presentations of specific case studies and round table discussion, we aim to highlight new research, to address questions of methodology, and to examine the approaches adopted by researchers working in a shifting, globalised and digital landscape.

The papers to be presented represent a range of subject areas within Film Studies. They each, however, are linked by the main theme of the symposium and address one or more of the following issues central to researching film history today:

  • Opening the archives / new sources
  • Film history at the margins
  • Digital technologies and their impact
  • Revising established histories / the Canon
  • Interdisciplinary models and new approaches
  • Local / global contexts
  • Teaching film history and the discipline

We warmly invite you to attend this event which will be held on Friday 22nd March 2013 at UCC.

A special issue of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media (www.alphavillejournal.com) dedicated to the symposium’s central theme will follow.

Please get in touch if you have any queries: 
Dr. Gwenda Young (Lecturer in Film Studies, UCC, email: g.young@ucc.ie), Dr. Pierluigi Ercole (IRCHSS Postdoctoral Fellow in Film Studies, UCC, email: p.ercole@ucc.ie).

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