> > >------- Forwarded message follows ------- >From: "James Lyons" <[log in to unmask]> > >MULTIMEDIA HISTORIES: From the Magic Lantern to the Internet > >An international conference organised by the AHRB Centre for British Film >and Television Studies (www.bftv.ac.uk), and the Bill Douglas Centre, >University of Exeter. This conference is the culmination of an AHRB project >investigating the continuities between nineteenth-century optical recreations >and subsequent screen technologies. It will take place at the University of >Exeter on 21-23 July 2003. > >Call for Papers > >One of the most dominant critical concerns of recent years has been the >attempt to understand the impact of a multimedia culture. The scope and >limits of a multimedia culture have become associated with issues of virtual >reality; interactivity; media convergence and hybridity; body/technology >couplings, etc. These familiar narratives, however, have a much more >extended history than is often realised. > >Multimedia Histories will examine the long genealogy of multimedia usage >and discourse. From the 19th C onwards, the proliferation of screen >technologies and optical recreations has been an important element of >popular culture. Moreover, the exhibition and consumption of these >entertainments was often defined by their interrelationship. The mid >nineteenth-century drawing room, for example, typically included >stereoscopes and praxinoscopes alongside the magic lantern. > >The conference is keen to pursue a comparative approach by focusing on >specific historical moments of convergence and hybridity. In so doing, it aims >to locate the aesthetics of the new media in relation to an intermedial >tradition of public and domestic forms of screen entertainment. The principal >question it hopes to address is this - to what extent do recent multimedia >technologies extend established features of cinema, television, and the >panoply 19th C and 20th C optical recreations? > >Papers are particularly invited on the following key areas: > >- Moments of media convergence and hybridity > >- Immersion, interactivity and the embodied spectator > >- Spaces of consumption and the organisation of audiences, virtual and/or >actual. > >- Modes of production and exhibition > >- Screen technologies and the tropes conceptualising their usage > >- Boundaries and linkages between domestic and public screen entertainment > >It is planned to produce an edited collection of papers from the conference. > >Please send abstracts of c.300 words to [log in to unmask], or by >hardcopy to: Multimedia Conference, School of English, University of Exeter, >EXETER, EX4 4QH, U.K. Deadline for Abstracts: 1 January 2003 > >Conference Organisers: Dr James Lyons and Dr John Plunkett.