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[ecrea] September conference: "In anticipation of ..."

Tue Aug 12 11:15:11 GMT 2008

?In anticipation of??: Mediating texts, and texts in waiting
 5-6 September 2008
 University of the Arts London, London College of Communication
Keynote speakers
Janet Staiger, William P. Hobby Centennial Professor in Communication and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Martin Barker, Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Since the late 1960s a philosophical wisdom has prevailed that insists that texts be understood as open sign carriers where meanings and values are written into them on the individual impulses of the reader. But in the desire to make sense of the text for oneself, it is often overlooked that our cultural consumption is not usually an arbitrary business. Rather, our encounters with texts come with certain expectations that are shaped historically, culturally and through industrial influences. In current times, modern media systems, which spawn myriad promotional and critical materials, have taken up an increasingly discursive role as dialogic go-betweens in the interaction between texts and their public. Yet the significance of such ephemera - reviews, fanzines, web-sources, posters, trailers, printed advertisements, commercials and other forms of publicity and criticism - has often been overlooked in reflections on the interpretive act.

?In anticipation of?? takes the form of an international, inter-disciplinary forum falling under the umbrella themes of marketing, publicity, criticism, aesthetic value and experience. The conference brings together a dynamic range of discussions on topics in the field of visual culture that address the expectations and experiences at play in the interaction between the general public, the community, the fan, the connoisseur and the texts themselves.

Cost: £90 Student: £75
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General enquires to Tony Todd: (t.todd /at/

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