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[Commlist] CFP: Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities
Fri Jan 18 19:04:03 GMT 2019
*CFP: **Research Methods in Film Studies: Challenges and Opportunities*
18-19 October 2019, Ghent, Belgium
Catherine Grant (Birkbeck, University of London)
Barbara Flueckiger (Zurich University)
The academic study of film has involved looking at generic conventions,
authorial features, and the use and function of different aspects of
film language, including mise-en-scène, narrative, editing and sound.
Film Studies has also examined the relationship between film and
society, by contemplating issues such as race and gender, the on- and
off-screen construction of stardom, the association between cinema,
ideology and propaganda, and the way in which films mirror and shape
national and transnational identities. The industrial features of film,
film policy and legislation, as well as matters of film reception,
distribution and exhibition, venues and audiences (cf. the New Cinema
History Movement) have also been extensively considered by scholars,
within and beyond the discipline.
Research questions and methodologies from the humanities and social
sciences have often been used in conjunction in the analysis of this
multitude of topics. The history of Film Studies is thus one of
transdisciplinarity. As the discipline moves forward, and its future is
called into question – both in relation to debates about the
post-cinematic era (Denson and Leyda 2016) and the changing academic
context (Fairfax 2017) – methodological considerations have been given
greater attention in academic discussions. This is at least partly
connected to the rise of the Digital Humanities, which has afforded the
study of film with a variety of new digital sources, tools and methods,
as well as a growing interest in quantitative data, which allows for new
forms of analysis of film texts, industries, audiences and cultures. At
the same time, more traditional methods, such as the multiple approaches
to textual analysis, the use of interviews and surveys, as well as
archival research, retain their important place within Film Studies. The
wide variety of methodologies adopted by researchers of film across the
globe have meant the discipline is now faced with a series of challenges
Aiming to explore a wide range of approaches, this conference invites
contributions that engage with current methodological challenges and
opportunities in Film Studies. We welcome theoretical contributions on
methodological issues in Film Studies, papers or workshop sessions on
specific methods, as well as research papers paying considerable
attention to the methodological framework at stake.
Abstracts are invited on topics related to research methods in Film
Studies, including but not limited to:
*Statistical methods for textual analysis
*Film Studies and big data
*Text mining in Film Studies
*CAQDAS and Film Studies
*Cinema and social network analysis
* Methods in New Cinema History
*Production analysis and film policy research
*Film and video as methodological tools
*Methodological issues in specific schools of film analysis (e.g.
feminism, phenomenology, neoformalism, auteurism, post-structuralism,
critical theory, cultural studies, political economy …)
*Neurocinematics and neuroscience of film
The conference will also host a special panel organized by the ECREA
Television Studies section. The section invites paper proposals devoted
to new methodologies in the research of television fiction and
non-fiction content. The section welcomes submissions that explore
comparisons, international approaches and examples of concrete and
innovative case studies, in order to shed light on the future of TV
Studies in the new digital context.
Please submit your abstract (max 300 words) along with key references,
institutional affiliation and a short bio (max 150 words) or a panel
proposal, including a panel presentation (max 300 words) along with
minimum 3, maximum 4 individual abstracts.
Submission deadline: 12 May 2019.
Proposal acceptance notification: 21 June 2019.
Please send your abstract/panel proposals to the conference email
address: (filmstudiesecrea /at/ gmail.com) <mailto:(filmstudiesecrea /at/ gmail.com)>
ECREA membership is not required to participate in the conference. The
conference fee will not exceed 70 EUR and will include coffee breaks,
lunches and receptions.
The conference takes place in Ghent and is hosted by Ghent University
and the University of Antwerp. The conference is organised by the ECREA
Film Studies Section in co-operation with DICIS (Digital Cinema Studies
network), the Research Center for Visual Poetics at the University of
Antwerp, the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies at Ghent University,
the Visual and Digital Cultures Research Center at the University of
Antwerp, and the Popular Communication division of NeFCA.
Conference organisers: Gertjan Willems (University of Antwerp/Ghent
University), Sergio Villanueva Baselga (Universitat de Barcelona),
Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon)
Conference website: https://ecreafilmstudies2019.wordpress.com/
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