|Image montage from Lou Romano‘s wonderful Cinemosaic website of frame grabs from The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955). Read Bryan Wuest‘s article on space in this film.|
The theme of our newest issue is “space,” which has spawned a range of approaches in cinema and media studies. “Space” is a nebulous concept, but the very difficulty in pinning down how a spatial discussion of media should proceed is why Mediascape thought this would be an appropriate discussion to tease out in our non-traditional format.[‘Introduction’ by Bryan Hikari Hartzheim and Katy Ralko, Co-Editors-in-Chief, Mediascape, Winter 2012 Issue]
- ‘Watching the River: Mise en Scène and Safe Space in The Night of the Hunter’‘ By Bryan Wuest
- Disneyomatics: Media, Branding, and Urban Space in Post-Katrina New Orleans’ By Helen Morgan Parmett
- ‘War Games at Home, Home Games at War: Geography and Military First-Person Shooting Games’ By Diana M. Pozo
- ‘Media Boundaries and Bullet Time: A Hard Boiled Fan Plays Stranglehold’ By Harrison Gish
- ‘Urban Metaphysics: Creating Game Layers on Top of the World’ By Nettrice R. Gaskins
- ‘Revenge of the (Angry Video Game) Nerd: James Rolfe and Web 2.0 Fandom’ By Jim Fleury
- Video Games: The State of the Field – A Discussion with Steve Mamber, Peter Lunenfeld, and Eddo Stern (March 28, 2011). Moderated by David O’Grady
|Frame grab from 1975 (Shaun Wilson, version 1 (2005), DV as single channel DVD, colour, sound, 5mins). Visit Shaun Wilson‘s website here and read his article about ‘home movies’ here|
The concept of memory screens is an overarching term exploring the relationship between forms of media, viewers, practitioners and memory. The notion of memory screens alludes to the ways in which memories become remembered, layered, forgotten and transformed. The range of articles in this volume reflects the relationship between memory and history, both public and personal. [‘Thematic Cluster: Introduction’ by Teresa Forde]
FSFF particularly appreciated film and video artist Shaun Wilson’s essay on the art of vintage home movies, Jenny Chamarette’s study of the dynamics of the ‘spectre’ or ‘spectral body’ of the auteurist figure of Agnès Varda, Peter Kravanja’s exploration of narrative contingencies in Rohmer and Akerman and Teresa Forde and Erin Bell‘s discussions of memory and British television. But this is a very high quality issue throughout and, as always at I and N, particularly characterised by the thoughtful integration of close analysis and film and moving image theory.
Table of Contents
- ‘Thematic Cluster: Introduction’ by Teresa Forde ABSTRACT PDF
- ‘Remixing Memory through Home Movies’ by Shaun Wilson ABSTRACT PDF
- ‘Video Installation, Memory and Storytelling: the viewer as narrator’ by Diane Charleson ABSTRACT PDF
- ‘Spectral bodies, temporalised spaces: Agnès Varda’s motile gestures of mourning and memorial’ by Jenny Chamarette ABSTRACT PDF
- ‘Television and memory: history programming and contemporary identities’ by Erin Bell ABSTRACTPDF
- ‘Television Dramas as Memory Screens’ by Teresa Forde ABSTRACT PDF
- ‘The Lives of Others: re-remembering the German Democratic Republic’ by Margaret Montgomerie and Anne- Kathrin Reck ABSTRACT PDF
- ‘Nostalgic [re]remembering: film fan cultures and the affective reiteration of popular film histories’ by Nathan Hunt ABSTRACT PDF
|Picture from Gadjo Cardenas Sevilla via Flickr, used and altered under Creative Commons License permission.|
Film Studies For Free wanted you to know you have to go with the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture on Fandom and Fan Studies. Oh, and then you can join the party already started at In Media Res on issues of spectatorship. The great contents of these worthy e-journals are directly linked to below:
- Sarah Sinwell (Northeastern University) presents: The Art of Seduction: Film Spectatorship in the Age of the Cell Phone
- Ross Melnick (Emory University) presents: BIG News from India: BIG Cinemas and Diasporic Indian Moviegoing in the United States
- Daniel C. Faltesek (University of Iowa) presents: The 3D Machine: An Experiment With Aura, Television, and Installation
- Jesse Schlotterbeck (University of Iowa) presents: DVDs Like LPs: The Official Websites of Musical Biopics and the Contemporary Film Collector
- “Fandom In/As the Academy” by Paul Booth A look at the specific pedagogical value of fandom as an activity and how it can be appropriated in a variety of educational contexts.
- “We Have Met the Fans, and They Are Us: In Defense of Aca-Fans and Scholars” by Catherine Coker and Candace Benefiel Fans hold their objects of study to a higher standard. How can the critical study of any text succeed without the passionate and knowledgeable participation of the scholar?
- “The Gathering of the Juggalos and the Peculiar Sanctity of Fandom” by Michael Dwyer The Gathering of the Juggalos is the scene of questionable fan practices contrary to the noble portrait of fandom elaborated by several scholars.
- “‘We are all together:’ Fan Studies and Performance” by Jen Gunnels and M. Flourish Klink Gunnels and Klink argue that fan studies parallels performance studies in discerning tensions between researcher and subject.
- “Stop Being an Elitist, and Start Being an Elitist” by David Jenemann Given how Aca-fandom has created its own canon and looks down its nose at certain cultural forms like sports broadcasting, we could use a little of Adorno’s elitism in the discipline today.
- “Telling Tastes: (Re)producing Distinction in Popular Media Studies” by Eve Ng What we study and how we learn to talk about it is productive of our identities along mostly covert dimensions of power. How do scholars distinguish themselves from the mainstream critics?
- “Embracing the ‘Overly Confessional:’ Scholar-Fandom and Approaches to Personal Research” by Tom Phillips A scholar argues that embracing an “overly confessional” approach to his academic writing is integral to the fidelity of his research.
- “Revisiting Fandom in Africa” by Olivier J. Tchouaffe The application of fandom and its resources is not the same in all cultures, and African fans might not be recognized as legitimate fans. The point of this piece is to demonstrate that there is a unifying figure of American domination of mass culture.
This summer, the Institute held two Arts and Humanities Research Council ‘Beyond Text‘ workshops on ‘ephemeral media,’ focusing on the growth of the brief or ‘ephemeral’ texts that exist beyond, below and between the films, television programmes, and radio broadcasts more commonly isolated for analysis.
For those interested, the plenary sessions can be found as YouTube recordings and/or sound files on the Beyond Text website (following the photo and video gallery). Also see below.
1. The Promotional Surround: logos, promos, idents, trailers (Click here for the Abstracts)
- Charlie Mawer (Executive Creative Director, Red Bee Media) – Perspectives on media branding and TV design (this including a fascinating discussion of BBC idents and the branding of Dave, from a highly influential figure in media brand design) (YouTube)
- Professor William Uricchio (MIT) ‘The recurrent, the recombinatory, and the ephemeral: thoughts on a textual system in transition’ (YouTube)
- Professor John Caldwell (UCLA) – “The Insider’s Promotional Surround: Rationing Production Knowledge, Managing Unruly Machines, and Worker Buy” (MP3)
2. Internet Attractions: online video and user-generated ephemera (Click here for the Abstracts)
- Professor Barbara Klinger, ‘Reenactment: Fans Performing Movie Scenes from the Stage to Youtube’ (YouTube)
- Hugh Hancock (Strange Company) – Machinima (an overview from one of the pioneers of the genre) (YouTube)
FSFF ♥ Nyota Uhura, (Nyota meaning ‘Star’ & Uhura meaning ‘Freedom’) originally played by Nichelle Nichols, is a character in Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, the first six Star Trek films, and the 2009 film Star Trek.
Film Studies For Free likes to circulate calls for papers for online, Open Access, film and media studies related journals. So, here’s a very worthwhile CFP for the very wonderful e-journal Transformative Works and Cultures. All relevant details are given below.
Race and Ethnicity in Fandom
Transformative Works and Cultures, an online-only, peer-reviewed journal focusing on media and fan studies, broadly conceived, invites contributions for a special issue on race and ethnicity to be published in summer 2011. Academic scholarship on fan cultures and fan productions over the past few decades has focused primarily on gender as the sole category of analysis. There has been little published scholarship on fan cultures and productions that incorporates critical race theory or draws on the rich array of methodologies that have been developed during the past century in both activist and academic communities in order to incorporate analysis of the social constructions of race and ethnicities in fandoms.
In contrast, fan activism and fan scholarship (at cons, workshops, and on the Internet) has produced a growing body of work (personal narratives, essays, carnivals, and in recent months, a press) focusing on not only analyzing but also confronting hierarchies of race and ethnicity and their relationship to gender, sexuality, class, and disability. Submissions by academics, acafans, fan scholars, and fans are encouraged. In all categories, people of color are especially encouraged to submit.
The deadline for completed submissions is October 1, 2010.
The editors would like to encourage pre-proposal abstracts and drafts for early feedback by March 1, 2010.
Topics might include but are not limited to:
Online activism and the circulation of critical race theory and women of color feminisms in fan communities, in particular the relationship between fan online discourse and other online activist communities.
Critical analysis of the instantiation and critique of racial hierarchies in fan communities and the surrounding cultural productions.
Racist and antiracist issues in commercial transformative works (comics, film, mashups, remixes, machinima, etc.), especially recuperative race readings (e.g., Randall’s The Wind Done Gone, Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea).
Race concerns in source texts (characters of color and their fannish reception, fandoms for work by authors of color, writing fannish original characters, etc.) and fannish responses (such as the Carl Brandon Society, Verb Noire, and other panfannish and professional projects).
Intersection of race and ethnicity with gender, sexuality, class, and ability in fannish contexts in fan works and fan communities (pre-Internet, Internet, conventions, vids, fan fiction, artwork, etc.).
Complete information available in PDF form here:
US letter paper:
The announcement on TWC’s site is here: