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>From: "Brian Jacobson" <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: CFP: Deaths of Cinema (grad) (1/5/07; 3/23/07-3/24/07)
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>Deaths of Cinema
>First Annual Critical Studies Graduate Student Conference
>University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts
>March 23-24, 2007, Los Angeles, CA
>
>Keynote Speaker:  Hamid Naficy, Department of 
>Radio/Film/Television, Northwestern University
>Filmmaker:  Screening and Discussion with experimental filmmaker Martin Arnold
>Conference Dates:  March 23-24, 2007
>Submission Deadline:  January 5, 2007
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>The graduate students of the Critical Studies 
>Department at the University of Southern 
>California School of
>Cinematic Arts seek submissions from graduate 
>students addressing the "deaths of cinema."
>
>We are pleased to welcome our keynote speakers, 
>Professor Hamid Naficy (Department of 
>Radio/Film/Television, Northwestern University) 
>and experimental filmmaker Martin Arnold.
>
>This graduate conference seeks diverse 
>explorations and concerns on the topic of the 
>enigmatic, yet recurring, death of cinema. What 
>does it mean to announce a death of cinema? 
>What are some ways to interpret, react to, or 
>predict such a declaration? We propose a broad 
>interpretation of ždeathÓ in and of cinema, and 
>invite submissions for 20-minute papers that 
>consider the question from diverse 
>methodological and disciplinary approaches.
>
>Topics may include, but are not restricted to:
>
>- medium specificity and materiality
>- relationships between cinematic, analog, and digital technologies
>- the roles of art and industry (political economies and authorship)
>- changing exhibition and distribution practices
>- historical approaches to cinemaŪs many ždeathsÓ
>- archival questions (preservations and disintegrations)
>- the ždeathÓ of national cinemas in relation to the transnational or global
>- the state of film scholarship as a discipline 
>or methodology as it relates to developments in 
>cultural, media, and visual studies
>- the anthropomorphizing of these issues into 
>the trope of mortality - human or otherwise
>
>Selected papers will be included in a special 
>conference-themed issue of Spectator, the 
>University of Southern CaliforniaŪs Journal of 
>Film and Television Criticism.
>
>Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 
>words and a brief  biographical statement to the 
>conference coordinators at 
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