Call for Papers – English

[M]obile Medien und digitale Displays [schaffen] in Verbindung mit globalen digitalen Netzwerken die Möglichkeit, Filmbilder, die von überall (oder nirgendwo) stammen, zu jeder Zeit an jedem Ort zu sehen.

(Hediger, Fahle, Sommer 2011: Orte filmischen Wissens)

Film, for decades an analog medium and bound to the stationary of the cinema, today is encountered mostly digital and delocalized: on Netflix, Youtube and other VoD-Platforms, in museums and as a teaching tool in schools, on screens as a DCP, in the context of festivals, multiplex- and program cinemas or in private screenings. This development seems to be the defining element of our time, placing us in an age of “post-cinema”. Thus, this unfolding confronts film communication and archiving with new problems. The popularity of “user generated content”, e.g. Video-Essays, shows furthermore: communicating film is not carried out by a few people or institutions, but by a multitude of different players. Correspondingly, the intentions, concepts and strategies are manifold.

Acknowledging these problems spurred a few attempts through universities in Germany to attend to them which manifested in special study programs: e.g. the Masters-Program “Filmkultur: Archivierung, Programmierung, Präsentatin” at Goethe-University Frankfurt, the Masters-Program “Filmkulturerbe” at the Filmuniversity Babelsberg. Their focus is the described growing complexity of the cinematic landscape. One central question is, among others, how to deal with remote, non-canonized film heritage and how it is or should be archived, made accessible for scholars and the public as well as made part of the valid film history. Taking the excessive production of digital moving images into account, the question arises how institution of film culture should deal or are dealing with this progression and correspondingly the future film heritage.

The goal of this symposium is, to specify pointedly some of the current problematics and to discuss solution approaches. We decidedly want to address junior scientists, students and graduates of all the corresponding universities in Germany. Made possible by the research project ThinkFilM! and the cooperation partners in Prague and Lodz, from the 13th through the 16th of July Goethe-University Frankfurt provides a room for theory and practice: for new or updated ideas, innovative solution approaches and critical discussions regarding the posed questions and problematics. We invite all persons interested to take part in this communal symposium and to submit their work, may it be in progress or finished: exam papers or any other kind, workshop experiences, accounts from the active practice of film communication as well as drafts of experiments.

Possible topics can be, but are not limited to:

  • Problem ‘the canon’: how to include marginal or supposedly problematic moving images?
  • Lobbylabour: Inclusion and exclusion in associations. Advantages and disadvantages of being a member in the Association of Cinematheques and FIAF
  • Communicating film: pedagogical solution approaches, gender problematics, cross-generational ways of communicating film
  • Museum space: virtual exhibitions, online-archives, accessibility, the museum as a locus of global film history
  • Film archiving and distribution: selection as political decision, long term safeguarding as illusion
  • The underestimated importance of non-film archives
  • Restoration: Chance for a new film history?
  • Economy: exploitative festival work and unpaid internships
  • Film funding: censorship or possibility

The deadline for proposals is the 15th of March 2017 (Deadline extended until April 1st). The length should not exceed the word count of 300. Please attach a short CV (max. 100 words) as well as a short note about your status.

Proposals in German and English are welcome. The papers can, with your consent, be published as a compendium in e-pub Format after the symposium. The publication will be in English.

Please send your proposal as well as questions to:

Travel and accommodation costs may be subsidized. We are in the process of raising funds. We will assist with the arranging of accommodations.

We look forward to hear from you.

Michelle Rafaela Kamolz, Bianka-Isabell Scharmann, Adriane Meusch

(Graduates Institute for Theater, Film and Media Studies)



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