What do we really mean
when we say something is authentic? How important
are questions of authenticity to our engagement with media texts,
performance and institutions? As a concept, authenticity remains
despite its frequent association with many aspects of film,
television and new media. JAM 2008, the sixth annual conference
postgraduates run by postgraduates at the Department of Film, Theatre
Television welcomes proposals that interrogate and put pressure on the
of 'authenticity' in film, theatre, television and new media.
The following themes and sample issues are central but not
* Narrative - How important are issues of narrative status to
fictional and non-fictional texts? In what various ways is
constructed, presented and limited?
* Spectatorship and point of view - How does our perception of
structure the critical and emotional experience of different media
How does the construction of point of view expand or limit our
of visual media and performance?
* Authorship - How do we conceptualise the 'author' within the
and reception of the text? Is this more important and/or relevant
considering different media practices or performances? Does awareness
authorial intent affect practitioners, participants and academics
* Form - In what manner is reality constructed and achieved in
and media? How is this process important to our understanding of
engagement with the text? What is the status of aural and visual
special-effects in relation to realism?
* Medium specificity - How do restrictions of access take on
according to the medium involved? Do changes in performance rhetoric
our understanding of authenticity across differing visual media?
Call for papers deadline: Friday 18th January 2008
Please send a 250-word proposal and biographical note to Lucy Fife
jam2008_at_rdg.ac.uk. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes.
details will follow in January 2007.
Journeys Across Media (JAM) is an annual one-day interdisciplinary
conference organised by and for postgraduate students. It provides
discussion forum for current and developing research in film,
television and 'new media'. Previous delegates have welcomed the
opportunity to gain experience of presenting their work, at
stages of development, in the active, friendly and supportive
environment of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of
delegates are also very welcome.