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CFP: WHAT IS CINEMA HISTORY?
A HoMER Network conference
presented by the Early Cinema in Scotland research project
call for papers
University of Glasgow
22-24 June, 2015
Over the last three decades, our understanding of cinema as a historical phenomenon has been subject to a series of ‘turns’ – empirical, spatial, and computational, to name a few. This conference, organised by the Early Cinema in Scotland research project in collaboration with the HoMER Network (History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception), will investigate the shifting positions and imperatives of cinema history and its relationships with other approaches and disciplines. As cinema itself unravels or merges into a diversity of media forms and reception contexts, the centrifugal impulse of cinema history is amplified by scholarly engagement with new technologies. At this pivotal point, we need to understand the contradictory legacies and perspectives of film studies, film history, media archaeology, cultural studies, and other cognate fields, transcending the discourse of ‘newness’ that has underpinned the development of these methods. Thirty years after Film History: Theory and Practice (Allen and Gomery, 1985), what is new in the theory and practice of film and cinema history? To that end, this conference welcomes papers on the rhetoric and methods of cinema history from all periods, as well as empirical research projects that engage with these questions through case studies or comparative analysis.
Some of the topics proposed for consideration include:
- The place of cinema history in relation to other disciplines and research fields, such as geography or social history;
- Teaching cinema history and understanding its specialist skill-set;
- Archives, sources, and the consequences of digitisation for different types of cinematic heritage;
- Historical geographies of cinema and the use of digital mapping as analytical tool;
- Non-metropolitan and non-theatrical exhibition studies as a historiographical challenge;
- The rhetoric of ‘newness’ and revisionist historiography;
- Text, ‘distant reading’, and the digital humanities;
- Data sharing, comparative approaches, and micro-history.
- Richard Maltby
- Haidee Wasson
- John Caughie
- Judith Thissen
Research on the history of exhibition, distribution and reception emphasises cinema’s imbrication in the fabric of social experience, championing relational and contextual approaches. Since 2004 the HoMER Network (homernetwork.org) has functioned as an international forum for researchers working in these areas, supporting a series of conferences, events, and publications. Participation in the 2015 event is not restricted to previous HoMER participants.
The conference will be preceded by a workshop on Historical Network Analysis, organised by the DICIS (Digital Cinema Studies) Network, and the second day will also feature a reflexive round-table on the past and prospects for cinema history. There will also be a HoMER general meeting during the conference, to decide on future structures and goals for the Network. This meeting is open to all conference participants interested in the future of HoMER. The Early Cinema in Scotland project will fund ten student/unwaged bursaries to cover registration costs.
Submissions are invited for individual papers and pre-constituted panels or workshops. For papers, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short biographical note to both Maria Velez-Serna (email@example.com) and Lies Van de Vijver (Liesbeth.VandeVijver@UGent.be) before
9 January 2015. For panels, please send the abstracts together with a 200-word note on the title and topic of the panel or workshop.
You will be notified of the acceptance or decline of your proposal by 5 March 2015.
Welcome to the new online home of the HoMER Network.
What is HoMER?
HoMER stands for History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception. It is an international network of researchers interested in understanding the complex phenomena of cinema-going, exhibition, and reception, from a multidisciplinary perspective. HoMER has organized panels, conferences and workshops since 2004.
What is Digital HoMER?
This website uses the DH Press platform developed at the University of North Carolina, in order to provide a directory to HoMER-related projects around the world. It attempts to map and categorize these projects to foster a collaborative outlook and awareness of relevant work, with particular attention to projects that incorporate digital methods or elements.
What projects are represented?
The list and map are constantly growing, but they are fed by direct submissions which are then approved and formatted by an editor.
How do I get involved?
If your project seems to fit the HoMER remit, please go to the online form. Your submission will be sent to one of the website editors, who will format it and georeference it before it is included on the map. At the moment this is still a manual process, so it can take a couple of days.
At the last HoMER meeting in Milan, it was also decided to try to compile a directory of existing datasets available for comparative research. If you want to contribute details of your datasets, please use this form.
Announcements for forthcoming events and calls for papers will be posted under Meetings.