UC Berkeley Graduate Conference “& Media”




Film & Media Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Berkeley

Conference Date: September 23–24th, 2016

Location: University of California, Berkeley

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Paper proposals due July 8th, 2016.

Increasingly, “& Media” –– a label affixed to film organizations, cinema departments, and conferences across the country –– is becoming the center of scholarly inquiry within cinema studies. This recentering of the discipline has opened up new interdisciplinary approaches from science and technology studies, mass communications, geography, and across the humanities and social sciences. Is the medium the message? Are media best understood as infrastructure? Are they mediating environments, or are they events, technologies, or universal storage carriers? What new insights emerge when we consider film as part of a media ecology? What does media look like when it is theorized from Lagos or La Paz? What benefits do we get from returning to a medium-specific methodology? What is included or excluded from the term “media”? In this expanding field, why does “film” persist? And how do we account for media that were once considered new, such as television and radio?

This conference will explore how we understand media/mediums and how that understanding shapes and is shaped by overlapping conceptual frameworks, including (but not limited to) history, memory, place, and politics. We encourage both theoretical and historical projects that deal with media and their (lack of) specificity, research that addresses media comparatively, as well as papers that theorize the concept of media/the medium from the global south.

Potential topics for papers might include:

· Theories of mediums/media

· Media theory from the global south

· Questions around media specificity and/or comparative media

· Media temporalities

· Media as infrastructure

· Intermediality and adaptations across media

· Media as technology

· Appropriated media

· The materiality of media

· Media and the environment

We welcome papers from all disciplinary backgrounds, and presentations may take a variety of forms. Although this is a graduate student conference, we invite lecturers, adjuncts, and other non-tenure-track scholars to apply. To submit, please send an abstract of 200–300 words along with a brief biographical statement to Jennifer Blaylock, Alex Bush, and Lisa Jacobson at andmedia.berkeleyconference by July 8th, 2016. We will make selections by the end of July.