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>From: "James Lyons" <[log in to unmask]>
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>MULTIMEDIA HISTORIES: From the Magic Lantern to the Internet
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>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.
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>Call for Papers
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>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.
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>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.
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>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?
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>Papers are particularly invited on the following key areas:
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>- Moments of media convergence and hybridity
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>- Immersion, interactivity and the embodied spectator
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>- Spaces of consumption and the organisation of audiences, virtual and/or
>actual.
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>- Modes of production and exhibition
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>- Screen technologies and the tropes conceptualising their usage
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>- Boundaries and linkages between domestic and public screen entertainment
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>It is planned to produce an edited collection of papers from the conference.
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>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
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>Conference Organisers: Dr James Lyons and Dr John Plunkett.