GRADUATE WORKSHOP

14th NECS Graduate Workshop: Return of the living-dead media: Media Cultures of Persistence, Resistance and Residue

26. July 2016
Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM) / Brandenburg Center for Media Studies
Ground Floor / next to the Galerie Sperl
Friedrich-Ebert-Str. 4
14467 Potsdam

27. July 2016
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 Potsdam-Babelsberg

This workshop aims to address notions of persistence and resistance within the study of film and visual culture. A range of conceptual frameworks have been deployed to examine the persistence of past media forms, such as Residual Media (Acland, 2007), Zombie Media (Hertz and Parikka, 2012), Haunted Media and studies of hauntology and nostalgia. Whether perceived as comforting or monstrous, as expressing a conservative attachment to the past or a critical challenge to the present, residual media have generated a range of critical as well as artistic responses. We invite graduates and post-graduates to reflect on the re-presentation, remediation and re-appropriation of “old” media in “new” media contexts, both contemporaneous and historical. What do we understand of as “old” media and how is this historically variable? How, and for what purposes is “the old” being valued, devalued and re-evaluated? What are the different practices and spaces in which old media are being engaged with? What are the affective modes of engagement being generated by residual media? How might the past be re-animated to tell new stories, or to represent previously unaccounted for histories?

Please note: There are two parts of the workshop (at the beginning and the end) that will be exclusively for the graduates, who are going to present papers. They are marked in the schedule below. 

You can find further information on the venues: here.

 

26th July Please note
Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM) / Brandenburg Center for Media Studies

 

3 p.m. Meet up for graduates, who are going to present papers. Not open to the public.

 

 Filmmuseum Potsdam
Breite Str. 1 A
14467 Potsdam
4-5:30 p.m.

 

Guided tour through the Film museum Potsdam Open to the public. Tour at own expense for the public, price: 5,- €. Free exclusively for presenters!
Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (ZeM) / Brandenburg Center for Media Studies 6 p.m.

 

Introductions by Alena Strohmaier (NECS Graduate Representative), and organisers Sophia Satchell-Baeza (King’s College), Marta Wasik (Warwick university) and Anna Luise Kiss (Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf) Open for all who registered for the workshop (i.e. presenters and public).
6:30-8 p.m. PANEL 1:

Halbe Kuipers: On Undead Media, Narcissism and Autocannibalism

Andrea Lathrop: From analogue to digital and back: An analysis of Polaroid practice in the age of immateriality

Tim van der Heijden: “In between reflective and restorative forms of technostalgia”

27th July
Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Marlene-Dietrich-Allee 11
14482 Potsdam-BabelsbergROOM 2115
10:30-11:30 a.m.

 

PANEL 2:

Pamela Gionco: Usable / Non-usable / Reusable : Present continuous of microfilms

Marek Jancovic: The guest that won’t leave – On the fragmented origins of interlacing

 
 

 

 

11:30-12:30 a.m. PANEL 3:

Jakob Boer: Take your Time: Towards a Theory of Contemplative Spectatorship in Slow Cinema

Claire Jesson: Goodbye, Dragon Inn’s haunted projection booth

  1:30-2:30 PANEL 4:

Sandra Becker: The New World’s Gonna Need TV?! – Walking-Dead Television and Revived Masculinity in Contemporary TV Series

Sebastian Bartosch: ‘Sometimes the old stuff is worth keeping around’: Assembling the residual mediality of comics

  2:30-3:30 PANEL 5

Sören Schoppmeier: Playing with Broadcast: Radio and Television as Ludo-Narrative Devices in the Video Game Series Grand Theft Auto

Alston D’Silva: Desire, Orientation and Proximity: ISEE-3 and the Queer Ontology of the Fugitive Technological Object

 

 

 

  4:00-5:00 p.m.

 

PANEL 6:

Carlos Kong: “Memorial Mediations: Intimacy and Loss in Carolee Schneemann’s Mortal Coils”

Katharina Kamleitner: Looking for alternatives: Women’s and Online Film Festivals

 

  5:00-5:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Gleis 6
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 4
14482 Potsdam
http://www.gleis-6.de 
6:00 p.m. Dinner

We’ll celebrate the end of the workshop with the graduates who are going to present papers at the restaurant “Gleis 6”.

 

Not open to the public! Exclusively for the graduates, who are going to present papers.At own expense.
 

 

Organising committee: Marta Małgorzata Wąsik (Warwick University), Sophia Satchell-Baeza (King’s College London) and Anne Luise Kiss (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)

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THE 14th NECS GRADUATE WORKSHOP (RETURN OF THE LIVING-DEAD MEDIA: MEDIA CULTURES OF PERSISTENCE, RESISTANCE AND RESIDUE)

The NECS Graduate Workshop has been designed to give scholars at the beginning of their career a platform for networking with established European film and media scholars. The 14th NECS Graduate Workshop in Potsdam is dedicated to the curious topic of ‘dead media’.

 

Call for Papers
14th NECS Graduate Workshop

Potsdam, Germany, 26–27 July 2016

Hosted by ZeM – Brandenburgisches Zentrum für Medienwissenschaften (Brandenburg Center for Media Studies), Potsdam, Germany

Return of the living-dead media: Media Cultures of Persistence, Resistance and Residue

Obsolescence and old media have recently become the subject of intense critical attention. Whereas previously studies of media development tended to privilege the “new,” scholars are beginning to acknowledge the vital role that old media play in shaping new media histories. The persistence of obsolete media within new landscapes and contexts troubles the commonly held perception of progress as entailing a rupture from the past, urging us to re-evaluate the importance of the discarded in a culture of planned disposability.

This workshop aims to address notions of persistence and resistance within the study of film and visual culture. A range of conceptual frameworks have been deployed to examine the persistence of past media forms, such as Residual Media (Acland, 2007), Zombie Media (Hertz and Parikka, 2012), Haunted Media and studies of hauntology and nostalgia. Whether perceived as comforting or monstrous, as expressing a conservative attachment to the past or a critical challenge to the present, residual media have generated a range of critical as well as artistic responses. We invite graduates and post-graduates to reflect on the re-presentation, remediation and re-appropriation of “old” media in “new” media contexts, both contemporaneous and historical. What do we understand of as “old” media and how is this historically variable? How, and for what purposes is “the old” being valued, devalued and re-evaluated? What are the different practices and spaces in which old media are being engaged with? What are the affective modes of engagement being generated by residual media? How might the past be re-animated to tell new stories, or to represent previously unaccounted for histories?

We welcome papers that address the overarching theme of the workshop, including those that consider, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Historicizing old media: old media of the past, present and future

  • Representing residue: fictional and speculative depictions of old media

  • Artistic re-appropriations: collage, hacking, bricolage, gleaning, recycling, junk art, “found” footage and assemblage

  • Challenges to the persistent “death of cinema” narrative

  • Old images/ new stories: re-appropriating the archive to re-present radical, feminist or “queer” histories

  • Haunted media: (im)material cultures within digital contexts

  • Studies of nostalgia, “Retromania” and retro markets
  • Monstrous and zombie media: the unsettling character of persistence
  • Where the old things go: spaces of storage and waste
  • Objects of (no) value: Trash and junk aesthetics

Submissions deadline: 31st January 2016

Please address abstracts (300 words) along with institutional affiliation and brief biographical note (150 words) to: graduates@necs.org. Notification will follow shortly thereafter.

The conference language is English.

Participants will need to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Travel information as well as a list of affordable hotels and other accommodation will be provided in the beginning of January.

Conference attendance is free, but valid NECS-membership is required to participate.

Participants must register with NECS at http://necs.org/user/register and pay their fee by February 1st. For the terms of NECS membership, please also refer to our website http://necs.org/faq.

Organizers: Sophia Satchell-Baeza (King’s College London, Workshop), Marta Małgorzata Wąsik (University of Warwick, Workshop), Anna Luise Kiss (Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Local Organisation)