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[ecrea] Call for Papers:Engaging Media Cultures: Films and beyond

Sun Mar 17 12:12:23 GMT 2013

Call for Papers:Engaging Media Cultures: Films and beyond

25th June 2013 Leeds Trinity University
An interdisciplinary one-day conference for researchers and practitioners

Media cultures are the localised, collective, multiple and dialogical sites of routine and symbolic interactions with media, through media, and across media.

‘Media cultures’ provide a framework for conceptualising the complex and situated relations for individuals and social groups between the everyday and the discursive/mediated surrounds of media productions. They encompass the interplay of agency and constraint, the intersections of audiences, media, socio-historical contexts and institutional networks.

Media cultures matter because media matter to audiences, because culture is always significant, always matters, whilst they also illustrate the various, contested and imbricated definitions of the place, nature and value of media and culture in society, including but extending beyond the centrifugal figure of the audience.

We are interested in three broad questions and approaches to media cultures, specifically in relation to ‘film’ and would like to hear from researchers and media practitioners, and those involved in both, to develop this discussion.

1)                  How are media cultures engaging film?
How do audiences engage with films, and the various paratexts and discursive surrounds for both contemporary films and broader film cultures? How do audiences find films engaging? What different kinds of participation (to use the term espoused by Henry Jenkins and used by Martin Barker and the title of the online journal he founded) are deployed in a range of activities developing out of audience’s contact with films? What are the entry points, motivations, pleasures and meanings underpinning these participations - not only of individuals but supported across and within diverse social and cultural contexts and formations?

2) How do media culture scholars trace/engage with these activities? Issues of methodology and how we conceptualise and analyse audiences in both broader terms (not simply invested audiences and fans) as well as accounting for local detail and richness.

3) How do media and culture researchers and producers engage in media cultures? How do we intervene in issues affecting these media cultures and their activities, where our critical and research stance/framework or cultural authority enables reconsidering/reframing problems (of power and regulation, the consequences of figures of the audience, contestation of value and values) in this era of 'impact'? How do we work in tandem with film cultures? How do we bring the Academy to media cultures?

Potential topics include, but are not restricted to:

Media Culture Engagements

Online talk about film – blogs, forums, social networks and films mediated within digital everyday life

Digital film cultures – streaming and downloads, film related apps, critical and promotional sites and discourses, cultures around the distribution and exhibition of an ‘ephemeral’ digital cinema of attractions

Engaging production cultures – practitioner researchers and their role in nascent or existing film cultures

Local/regional/national/transnational film cultures

Subcultures and film – how is film adopted/repurposed by subcultures, cult/camp/cool and film related or inspired identities

Film culture and identity – taste and value markers, self-representations and profiles

Film within and across everyday cultures of entertainment (and celebrity/stars) – for instance film stars on chat shows, breakfast television, telethons etc.

Film cultures of convergence and transmedia/cross-media engagement – adaptation contexts, multimodality and film stories, characters and worlds for readers/gamers/theatregoers/television viewers etc.


Modalities of film cultural engagement

Critical reception cultures for film

Performativities of film cultural engagement

Historical reception and cultural contexts for films

Spaces and places of film cultures

Netnography and film

Cultures of exhibition/distribution/broadcast – festival cultures, blockbuster cultures, cult film cultures, gallery cultures for films as art

Tracing Ephemeral film cultures

Tracing enduring film cultures – Cinephilia then and now

Fan studies and film cultures/fan cultures – how do films correspond to fan objects of investment and affection

Production cultures and prod-users – blurred boundaries between producers and audiences/consumers


Challenging/Creative production cultures – screenwriting and production to engage the audience

Contesting figures of the audience

Challenging the audience

Challenging power inequities in and around film cultures

Challenging the political tech-onomy of contemporary film culture

Challenging regulation and imposition upon film cultures

De-marginalising cult fans, blockbuster audiences, niche film cultures

Changing the discourse on Demonising media in relation to violence

Politicising film cultures

Alternative/activist film cultures – documentaries and networks of (h)activism

The event is open to both early researchers and established scholars, as well as practitioners working in film or producing other media related to film cultures (websites, podcasts, radio or television, documentary, interactive media about film or particular cultural engagements with ‘film’).

Proposals for papers of 20 minutes, including any audio-visual clips.

Please submit Abstracts of 200-250 words, including name, institutional affiliation and preferred contact details by 30/3/2013 to: Jason Scott, (j.scott /at/
marked with the subject ‘Engaging Media Cultures’.

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