II IntermIdia Conference

'The Moving Form of Film: Exploring Intermediality as a Historiographic Method'

6-8 November 2017, University of Reading, UK


Image above: Artérias © Francisco Baccaro

Call for Papers

As part of the AHRC/FAPESP-funded IntermIdia Project (www.reading.ac.uk/intermidia), led by investigators from the University of Reading (UoR), UK, and the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil, this international conference seeks to invite discussion of intermediality as a historiographic method.

Conference Convenor: Prof Lúcia Nagib

UoR Investigators: Prof Lúcia Nagib (PI); Alison Butler (Co-I); Prof John Gibbs (Co-I); Dr Lisa Purse (Co-I); Dr Albert Elduque (PDRA); Dr Stefan Solomon (PDRA).

UFSCar Investigators: Dr Luciana Corrêa de Araújo (PI); Dr Flávia Cesarino Costa (Co-I); Dr Samuel Paiva (Co-I); Dr Suzana Reck Miranda (Co-I); Dr Margarida Adamatti (PDRA).

Administrator: Richard McKay.


Confirmed Guest Speakers

Alain BadiouKeynote Speakers:

- Alain Badiou - French philosopher, former Chair of Philosophy, Université de Paris VIII (pictured right)

- Luciana Corrêa de Araújo - Professor of Film Studies, Universidade Federal de São Carlos

- Robert Stam - University Professor of Cinema Studies, New York University

- Ismail Xavier - Professor of Film Studies, University of São Paulo

Plenary Speakers:

- Ágnes Pethő - Professor of Film Studies, Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania in Cluj-Napoca

- Lisa Shaw - Reader in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, University of Liverpool


Opening Conference Screening and Guest Speakers

Jia ZhangkeScreening of Dong (2006, 66 minutes), documentary directed by China's greatest filmmaker Jia Zhangke on the celebrated painter Liu Xiaodong.

Post-screening discussion with:

- Jia Zhangke (tbc) (pictured right)

- Cecília Mello - Lecturer in Film Studies, University of São Paulo

- Jean-Michel Frodon - Former editor of the Cahiers du Cinéma, current Professorial Fellow in Film Studies and Creative Industries at the University of St. Andrews


The Moving Form of Film

From its birth, the film medium has fuelled debates around its possible specificity versus its obvious connections with other arts and media. In recent days, with the advent of digital technologies that trigger and depend on media convergence, it has become indisputable that film is inherently intermedial, giving scope for reconsidering film history in light of the medium's moving, all- encompassing form. As Alain Badiou summarises, it is impossible to think cinema outside of a general space made of its connections to the other arts. He says: 'Cinema is the seventh art in a very particular sense. It does not add itself to the other six while remaining on the same level as them. Rather, it implies them - cinema is the "plus-one" of the arts. It operates on the other arts, using them as its starting point, in a movement that subtracts them from themselves' (2005: 79). This conference will build on such an understanding by investigating the ways in which intermediality, rather than obstructing, enhances film's artistic endeavour. More pointedly, it will ask: how can intermediality help us to understand the history of cinema as a whole?

Broadly speaking, 'intermediality' refers to the interbreeding of artistic and technical medial forms. The uses of the term hark back to the 1960s and Higgins (1966; 1981),who applied it to an array of countercultural artistic phenomena of the time. Through the years, the concept has evolved to encompass an 'inflation' of definitions (Pethö 2010), which concur in the celebration of 'hybridisation', 'transnationalism', 'multiculturalism' and cross-fertilisations of all sorts. As for cinema, intermediality has gained prominence among other more established approaches, such as comparative, intertextual, adaptation and genre-based studies, for its wider premise that keeps the interrogation into the properties of the medium constantly on the critic's horizon (Rajewsky 2010). This conference will look at medial interstices, intercultural encounters and creative clashes where the specificities of cinema are questioned and re-fertilised into new forms. Its ultimate aim will be to stimulate an overarching exploration of and theorising on the uses of intermediality as a historiographic method.

We welcome proposals which explore the following issues, with particular emphasis on histories and historiographies of cinema and the film medium:

- Intermediality and historiography;

- Intermediality and the history(ies) of cinema

- Intermedial and intercultural encounters;

- Intermediality as hybridity;

- National cinema(s) and intermediality;

- Experimental cinema and intermediality;

- Early Cinema and intermediality;

- Multi-mediality in New Cinemas;

- Border-crossings in genres and genders;

- Intermediality and new technologies;

- Comparative medial approaches across regional, national and transnational cinemas.


Submission Guidelines

All proposals should be on subjects relevant to the objectives of the conference, as described above. Proposals must be submitted in English. Please submit your title, abstract (max. 300 words), short bio (max. 150 words), e-mail address and institutional affiliation.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to intermidia@reading.ac.uk . Deadline for submissions is Friday 30 June 2017. Please use the same e-mail address for general information.

Notification of accepted proposals will be given by Monday 31 July 2017.

Details of the registration fee, the conference programme, and the registration process will be announced shortly thereafter on the IntermIdia Project website: http://www.reading.ac.uk/intermidia/

Arts & Humanities Research Council

Support: AHRC, FAPESP, University of Reading.

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the AHRC, please go to: www.ahrc.ac.uk.

São Paulo Research Foundation

Founded in 1962, the São Paulo State Research Foundation (FAPESP) is one of Brazil's most important science and technology funding agencies. Maintained by the transfer of 1% of the state's tax revenue, FAPESP selects and supports research projects submitted by scientists affiliated with higher education and research institutions in São Paulo State in all knowledge areas. Projects are selected by peer review based on assessments by Brazilian and foreign researchers not associated with FAPESP. For more information go to: www.fapesp.br/en.

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