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[ecrea] CFP: Forgetting the Archive

Wed Nov 14 00:10:51 GMT 2018


/Exploring Past Images in the Digital Age/*


22 - 24 NOVEMBER 2018, İstanbul

Archives are not only places to collect, assemble and categorize documentary information but also sites of historical struggle over the writing, filming, collection, destruction, translation, and interpretation. The question of management of cultural heritage cannot be simply limited to processes of preservation and conservation, but also it requires an investigation of the ways in which archiving creates new forms of academic and artistic studies. In other words, these studies on archives, instead of merely focusing on data collection, scrutinize how the past -in the form of a film, a text, an image, is being recreated and reimagined in the present. Thus, forgetting the archive envisages a process that is integral to remembering and recreating.

The Film Department of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism is going to launch a website of film archive, a great majority of which consists of silent films from the first half of the past century-1900s. Regarding this crucial moment in cultural history, the Cinema and Television Department of İstanbul Şehir University is organizing an international symposium, ‘Forgetting the Archive’. The symposium aims to provide an academic and artistic platform for the discussion of philosophical and theoretical issues pertaining to the archives. To this end, the symposium brings together scholars, archive directors, and artists from the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, India, Netherlands, and Turkey.

The goals of the symposium are not limited to exploring and discussing the meaning of archives, as it further aims at developing a cultural dialogue and connection between different academic and artistic networks, as well as initiating international collaborations and partnerships.

İstanbul Şehir University envisages this international event as the first in a series of annual symposiums that will draw on the participation of international scholars and artists in collaboration with worldwide universities, archives, and cultural institutions.




Elif Akçalı, Kadir Has University, Istanbul

Canan Balan, İstanbul Şehir University

Ian Christie, Birkbeck University of London

Peyami Çelikcan, İstanbul Şehir University

Özde Çeliktemel-Thomen, Middle East Technical University, Ankara

Gustav Deutsch, Artist, Film Director, Vienna

Nezih Erdoğan, İstanbul Şehir University

Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam

Nurçin İleri, Boğaziçi University, Université Grenoble Alpes University, LARHRA

Claudy Op Den Kamp, Bournemouth University

Nico de Klerk, Utrecht University

Peter Kramer, De Monfort University, Leicester

Aslı Odman, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul

Saadet Özen, EHESS, Paris

Esin Paça Cengiz, Kadir Has University, Istanbul

Barış Saydam, Türk Sinema Araştırmaları, Istanbul

Rashmi Sawhney, Christ University, Bangalore

Asuman Suner, Istanbul Technical University, Sabancı University

Serkan Şavk, İzmir Ekonomi University

Nikolaus Wostry, Austrian Film Archive, Vienna

Mustafa Selçuk Yavuzkanat, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Directorate of Cinema, Ankara

Erkin Yılmaz, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Directorate of Cinema, Ankara


Çiğdem Borucu

Güniz Alkaç

Nurcan Arısoy

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