Dear participants in the 2017 NECS Conference
Our conference is now over, and we would like to thank you for your wonderful contribution!
It was great to host you at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, the Sorbonne, and the Centre Pompidou, and we look forward to seeing you all in Amsterdam next year!
Have a safe trip back
All the best,
The Organizing Committee

D-2 / Special Events

Dear NECS members
Two days left from te beginning of the 2017 NECS Conference, and we really look forward to welcoming you all in Paris!
With this message we remind you about a few special events taking place during the upcoming 2017 NECS Conference in Paris
But first of all, please find a PDF document with the latest updated version of the conference program (dated: 27/06/2017) here. It includes all the latest changes (due to cancellations, etc.) that could not be included in the printed version; in the printed version, however, you will find a separate printed paper with a list of the latest changes.
Regarding the 2017 NECS Conference Special Events:
— on Wednesday, June 28th at 19:00 at the Centre Pompidou (Cinéma 2), the screening of Lewis Klahr’s film Sixty-Six (2002-2015), followed by a discussion with Emmanuelle André and Martine Beugnet (both Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7) and a Q&A with the public
— on Thursday, June 29th at 19:00 at the Centre Pompidou (Cinéma 1), the keynote lecture by Mark Hansen (Duke University) entitled “World, Earth, Flesh, Sense: From Intersubjectivity to Intrasensibility”; the lecture will be followed by the screening of a selection of works from the Centre Pompidou’s collection “Nouveaux Médias”; the screening will be introduced by Marcella Lista (Centre Pompidou, Collection “Nouveaux Médias”)
— on Friday, June 30th beginning at 16:00 in the Grand Amphithéâtre of the Sorbonne (the entrance is in 47, Rue des Écoles, 75005 Paris) a series of four important events: from 16:00 to 17:30 the keynote lecture by Deborah Chambers (Newcastle University) entitled “Mediated and Simulated Intimacies: The Entrance of Algorithms, Robotics, and Smart Technologies into Personal Life”; from 17:30 to 19:00 a round table organized by the CNC (Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée) on the theme “From Cinema to Immersive Digital Experience: 70 Years of Innovation in French Public Policies” (participants: Charles Babinet, Cédric Klapisch, Pierre-Emmanuel Lecerf, Xavier Lardoux, Olivier Snanoudj); from 19:00 to 20:30, the NECS General Meeting (all NECS members are invited to participate); from 20:30 to 22:00 a cocktail open to all the conference participants [NB please remember that in order to access the Sorbonne you will need to present a valid ID and the “attestation” that will be given to you together with your badge and the conference program]
— on Saturday, July 1st at 19:30 at the Centre Pompidou (Cinéma 2), a lecture by the artist Elizabeth Price entitled “Here”, followed by a screening of a choice of her works; the screening will be introduced by Philippe-Alain Michaud and Jonathan Pouthier (Centre Pompidou, Collection “Film”)
— during the three days of the Conference (from Thursday, June 29th, to Saturday, July 1st), in the rooms D16, D17, and D19 of the building D of the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3 (the main conference site), there will be a Publishers’ Forum, in which a number of French and International publishing houses will present their latest publications in the fields of film and media studies
— on Thursday, June 29th, between 17:30 and 18:30, the publisher Peter Lang will present a number of publications in the bookstore that is right in front of the entrance of the main conference site: the Librairie Palimpseste, located in 16,, Rue Santeuil, 75005 Paris. The two books that will be presented are the following: Maria do Carmo Piçarra and Teresa Castro, (Re)imagining African Independence: Film, Visual Arts, and the Fall of the Portuguese Empire; Sarah Neely, Between Categories, The Films of Margaret Tait: Portraits, Poetry, Sound, and Place. The links to these two publications are here below:
We look forward to welcoming you soon in Paris !
The Organizing Team

D-5 / Reminders and Updated information

Dear NECS members
We are only five days away from te beginning of the 2017 NECS Conference, and we really look forward to welcoming you all in Paris!
Please read carefully the various points of this message, since it contains some important informations.
— the updated version (date: 27/06/2017) of the conference program is available here.
— the complete list of the panels that have been sponsored by the various NECS Workgroups is also available here.
— please remember that in order to participate in the conference you need to register as a NECS member for 2017 ( ) and you need to register for the conference:
— once you have paid for your 2017 NECS membership, there is no extra cost for the conference registration
— please bring your own computer: the rooms in which the panels will take place are not equipped with computers, just with projectors; if you use a Mac, please bring your own adaptor in order to be able to connect your Mac to the VGA cable of the projector
— if you can, please save your presentation on a USB key, so that the different speakers of a panel can use the same computer; changing computers for each presentation may result in a loss of time that will reduce the time for the Q&A at the end of the panel
— there will be two different ways to connect to the internet in the building where the panels will take place (see the point below): this said, since internet connections are never 100% reliable, we strongly advise you not to depend on an internet connection for your presentation; please try to prepare and save ahead of time (in your computer, or on an USB key) all the materials (videos, etc.) you will need to show
— the two different ways to connect to the internet in the building where the panels will take place are the following: a. through EDUROAM; b. through a network that will be set up especially for our conference ( name of the network: P3-censier password: Necs2017)
— please remember that due to the heightened security measures that are in place in France since two years, it will not be possible to access the different conference venues with a suitcase; bags and backpacks with computers are obviously allowed, but suitcases are not
— because of the same security measures, please make sure that you will always have with you a valid document
Thank you for taking note of all this. We look forward to seeing you next week!
Best regards
The Organizing Committee
Conference time table

2017 NECS Preliminary Program

Dear friends and colleagues,
We are pleased to present the Preliminary Program of the 11th annual NECS Conference, which will take place from June 29th to July 1st 2017 in Paris.
We look forward to seeing you in Paris!
Download the preliminary program here.

Book your Hotels

Dear friends and colleagues,
We hope that by now all of you have heard back from us (if not, please get in otuch with the conference manager : We have updated the conference page regarding hotels (more informations here) and would strongly advise you to have your rooms booked as soon as possible.
Looking forward seeing you in Paris !

Update : Preliminary programme in process

Dear friends and colleagues,
This year we received an extraordinarily high number of paper, panel, and workshop proposals for the 2017 NECS Conference. Actually, the highest number of all NECS conferences so far! Thank you all for your contribution !
The reviewing process is now over. We hope that by now all of you have heard back from us. If not, please get in touch with us : (also consider checking your spam email).
The preliminary programme is still in process and will soon be available.
We have updated the conference page regarding flights and hotels, and would strongly advise you to have your rooms booked as soon as possible.
To attend the conference, you need to be a member of NECS and should have paid the annual membership fee.
Looking forward seeing you all in Paris !

Call for Papers for NECS Paris 2017 Conference

You can find the Call for Papers as a downloadable PDF: here.

The Call for Papers for the NECS Paris 2017 Graduate Workshop can be found: here.


The NECS 2017 Conference


Media, Bodies, Practices

Paris, France

29 June to 01 July 2017

Hosted by the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3


27 and 28 June 2017

Hosted by the Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7

Keynote presentations

Centre Pompidou

Grand Amphithéâtre de la Sorbonne

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2017
Please submit all proposals before 31 January 2017 using the submission form available at:

Please note that the membership fee must be paid before submission (see for more details). Pay the fee in January to get access for the full calendar year.

The question of the relationship between media, bodies, and the senses cuts across the entire history of media theories. Since their first appearance, technical media such as telegraphy, photography, gramophone, film, typewriter, the telephone, radio, and then television, computer, internet, as well as a wide variety of cultural techniques for the recording, processing, and transmitting of information have been analyzed taking into consideration their relationships with the human body and its sensory organs. Concepts such as “organ projection,” “prosthesis,” “innervation,” “extension,” and “interface” have been used to describe the contact and the interaction between human organisms and technical apparatuses with their various degrees of hybridization, which in turn have generated a whole series of utopian and dystopian visions of a future “post-human” condition. And while the very notion of medium is strictly related to the problem of sensory perception (since it finds one of its origins in the Latin translation of a Greek term, metaxy, which was used by Aristotle in order to indicate the material intermediary entities that make perception possible), the body itself (with its expressive face, its sensitive skin, and its meaningful gestures and movements) has often been considered a sort of primary medium, a crucial reference point in order to understand the very nature of mediation.

The current transformations in our media landscape raise once more the question of the correlation between the history of technology and the history of the human sensorium, and invite us to reconsider the various possible relationships between media – in the widest sense of the term – and the realm of the senses, affects, and emotions. Cinema, with the various historical transformations of its spatial dispositif, has provided for decades and continues to provide a particularly important field for the interpretation of the cultural dynamics involved in the representation and reception of bodily identities and for the analysis of the aesthetic, embodied experience of the spectator. The same can be said for other visual, audiovisual, and sound media, which have tried to render through the grains, textures, and frequencies of their representations the different, dynamic materialities of bodies and sensations.

Today, the new bio-technical forms of life produced by ubiquitous digital media and by a whole range of artistic and non-artistic practices confront us with unprecedented theoretical questions, which can be tackled by combining perspectives that are both archaeological and forward-looking. We need appropriate theoretical frameworks in order to understand phenomena such as the sensory and cognitive functions performed by contemporary networked screens, the return of stereoscopic 3D imagery, the recent developments in the fields of virtual and augmented reality, the increasing presence in our living environment of intelligent sensing devices, the agencies of elemental media and mediating matters, as well as our daily interactions with digital technologies whose computational processes and outcomes are located below or beyond the thresholds of human perception. Understanding the new conditions of human and non-human sensibility within a fully networked media environment is one of the major challenges of contemporary film and media studies.

The 2017 NECS conference – which will take place for the first time France, in a cultural context which has given a very important contribution to the development and the institutionalization of film and media studies – will try to meet this challenge by tackling the crucial issue of the relationship between media, bodies, and the senses through the different research perspectives pursued by the members of our community.

Submissions may include but are not limited to the following topics:

  • the different ways in which the relationship between media, bodies, and the senses has been discussed in the history of film and media theories
  • the possible correlations between the history of visual, audiovisual, and sound technologies, and the history of sensory experience
  • the human body as medium
  • the nature of embodied media experiences: the perspectives of philosophy, psychology, and the neurosciences
  • media environments, sensitive landscapes, mediating matters
  • audiovisual media and the aesthetics/economies/ecologies of attention and distraction
  • the history and the current transformation of screens, and their relation to human sensory experience
  • audience bodies: apparatuses, behaviors, and the senses
  • the media experiences produced by 3D imaging and by virtual and augmented reality devices
  • media/body interfaces
  • bodily gestures and motion capture technologies
  • the history and current developments of techniques of brain and body imaging, biometrics, and body data visualization
  • the impact of media and technologies of big data processing onto the forms and rhythms of human sensory perception
  • wearable media and smart tissues
  • the role of media in mobilizing and geolocalizing bodies
  • organic bodies, artificial bodies, hybrid bodies, prosthetic bodies
  • the relation between human and non-human (material, environmental, animal, technological) sensibility
  • the representation of bodies and the senses in the history of sound media
  • bodies and the senses in the history of experimental, avant-garde cinema and in contemporary visual arts
  • the aesthetics of film forms and the relationships between filmic and bodily energies and forces
  • bodies and the senses in the traditions of documentary cinema
  • bodies and the senses in visual anthropology and sensorial ethnography
  • bodies, senses, and modes of self-representation in social media
  • bodies and the senses in videogames and animation films
  • bodies, gestures, discipline, and performance in the history of industrial cinema
  • media, sensibility, affects, and emotions
  • audiovisual media and the politics of sexuality and body identities
  • media and the politics of the senses
  • stars and celebrities as bodies, images, and role models
  • bodies, senses, and fan cultures
  • the impact of new and domestic media on identities, intimacies, gender roles, and personal relationships
  • representations of bodies and the senses and questions of ethics, morality, and taste

Scholars from all areas of cinema and media studies, whether previously affiliated with NECS or new to the network, are invited to submit proposals, but NECS membership is a requirement.


NB The conference will be held in English, with a limited presence of contributions in French. Individual papers will have to be in English. Pre-constituted panels can be in English, in French, or with a mix of the two languages.



Individual papers

Individual presenters wishing to submit a proposal for a paper presentation of max. 20 minutes are required to provide their name, email address, the title of the paper, an abstract, key biographical references, and a short bio of the speaker.

Pre-constituted panels

We support the submission of proposals for pre-constituted panels with 3 or 4 papers (3 papers only if there is a respondent) in order to strengthen the thematic coherence of panels. Furthermore, several thematically related panels may form larger clusters. We would like to strongly encourage members of the NECS workgroups to put together pre-constituted panels, but we also welcome submissions from academic research project teams, museums, archives, and other institutions. We highly recommend no more than two speakers from the same institution with a maximum of 20 minutes speaking time each. Panel organizers are asked to submit panel proposals that include a panel title, a short description of the panel and information on all of the individual papers of the panel, as described above.


Events such as workshops, roundtables or seminars – both pre-conference and conference – concentrating on more practical aspects of our field, e.g. teaching, research methods, publishing, or networking with the media industry are also welcome. Speaking time should be limited to 10 minutes per participant. Organizers are asked to submit workshop proposals that include a title and a short description.


There will be opportunity for the NECS workgroups to meet during the conference. Please notify the conference organizers if you wish to held a workgroup meeting in Paris:


Please note that individuals may submit only one paper proposal, either as individual presenters or as part of a pre-constituted panel or workshop. Please submit all proposals before 31 January 2017 using the submission form available at:


Please email all inquiries to:


The NECS Paris 2017 Conference

Welcome to the website for the NECS Paris 2017 Conference, which will be hosted by the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 from 29 June to 01 July 2017 in Paris (France). More information coming soon.