What is Meant by What is Meant? Negotiating the Conventions of the Moving Image

What is Meant by What is Meant? Negotiating the Conventions of the Moving Image

Prague, Czech Republic, 18.-19. June 2013

7th NECS Graduate Workshop
Prague, Czech Republic
18-19 June 2013

Notions of what is conventional, in and of the moving image, is more than ever contested. Ways of representation, depiction, simulation and remediation disrupt and contest what are regarded as historically acceptable or hegemonic modes of moving image production. Against a background of increasing democratisation in the ways moving images are produced, disseminated, shared and used, notions of non-professionalism (and even anti-professionalism) challenge and undermine concepts of expertism and what it means to be conventionally competent in contemporary media culture. A host of possibilities, conventional or otherwise, now exist for the production and consumption of imagery that incorporates movement, duration and time in its construction. It is often assumed that arriving at the meaning within a film is like solving a puzzle with a singular and pre-decided solution. Is this so, or do certain conditions of our experience of various kinds of moving images infer multifarious or indeterminate meanings? Is what we mean by the meaning of a moving image independent from our understanding of it, and who encourages us in these processes of sense-making?

NECS Graduate Workshop Committee

Christopher De Selincourt (University of the Arts London)

Carlos Miguel Roos (Ghent University)

Gavin Wilson (York St. John University)

Local Organizer

Kateřina Máchová Svatoňová

Filozofická fakulta

nám. Jana Palacha 2

116 38 Praha 1


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Room no. 429 (4th floor)

16:00 - 16:30

Welcome speech by Lucie Česálková (Masaryk University in Brno)

Introduction to the workshop by the organising committee

16:30 - 18:30

Film screening: Paths Through Utopia (Directed by Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan Susa)

18:30 - 19:30

Online Colloquium with John Jordan Susa

19.30 - 20.00


Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Room no. 217 (2nd floor)

09:00 - 09:30

Coffee and registration

Morning Sessions

09:30 - 11:00

Engagement Approaches

(Chair: Christopher de Selincourt)

  • Wendy Cutler, Catholic University of the West, Angers - The (un)Conventional Reception of Bollywood Films in India (Respondent: Magdalena Sliwinska)
  • Magdalena Sliwinska, Bilkent University - The mediation of non-organic memory through the body (Respondent: Wendy Cutler)

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Semantic Approaches

(Chair: Carlos Roos)

  • Gert Jan Harkema, University of Groningen - All true and all false: Kine-attractography and the shock of presence in absence of (film) language (Respondents: Giancarlo Grossi and Andrea Tenuta)
  • Giancarlo Grossi and Andrea Tenuta, Catholic University of Milan - The exploded puzzle – Narrative and (de)construction of meaning in Neon Genesis Evangelion (Respondent: Gert Jan Harkema)

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch Break

Afternoon Sessions


Distribution/Dissemination Approaches

(Chair: Gavin Wilson)

  • Alexandre Honório da Silva, PPGCOM/Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Shared values in social media and Comics Scan Communities as new belonging-marks (Respondent: Eliska Decka)
  • Eliska Decka, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) - Animate It Yourself! Professional amateurism in the production and distribution of today’s independent animation in New York (Respondent: Alexandre Honório da Silva)

15:30 - 16.00

Coffee Break


Experiential Approaches

(Chair: Christopher de Selincourt)

  • Diego Costa, University of Southern California - Moving Image Anxiety: The Still Image as Safe Space for The Production of Sexual Pleasure in a Post-Cinematic World (Respondent: Carls Roos)
  • Carlos Roos, Ghent University - Metaphysics of Communication (Respondent: Diego Costa)
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