Third Conference in Film and Media Studies, organized by Babeș-Bolyai University, Faculty of Theater and Television, Department of Cinema and Media / 27-28 May, 2016, Cluj, Romania
Europe is rather an elusive concept. It means different things for different people, it describes very diverse civilizations with distinct historical backgrounds, it represents an uneven pattern articulated by the split and the convergence between East and West, North and South. Nevertheless, Europe has and promotes the same set of values (if it is to name only democracy and the universal human rights). Moreover, Europe is seen nowadays as a transnational entity with a shared identity and a common political goal. Yet this unity is more and more contested especially in the context of the previous economical crisis, and the recent waves of immigration.
Cinema and visual culture have always been part of the efforts to build Europe’s identity, and to define its national/cultural borders. At the same time, cinema and visual culture contribute to undermine these borders (through a wide circulation of works, open networks, common funding policies etc.) and equally to questions Europe’s identity especially now, during the present round of continental turmoil.
The questions that arise from these historical realities equally challenge and confirm recent developments: How cinema and visual culture shape Europe as a collective entity? Or rather they undermine it? What role national, ethnic linguistic and religious dimensions play in the recent cinematic and artistic productions? Is there a specific visual rhetoric of integration? Why totalitarianism is so appealing? What is national in the networked transnational spectatorship? Local subjects or global markets? Or both?
Stemming from these questions, specific areas for further inquiry are identified. One of them is the role of critical reflection – in different fields, from visual arts to literature, theatre or cinema – after the fall of communism in East-Central Europe. If in the 1990s critical discourse remained somewhat anchored in the established values, after the year 2000, critical reflection gained more legitimacy, acquired a certain sense of adequacy and redefined its social function.
Therefore, can we speak about a certain specificity of cultural methodologies related to this intellectual and geographical area, in the post-censorship decades? Are the recent Eastern-European interdisciplinary and cross-cultural explorations in film studies and art practice easily exportable to Western Europe? Or they remain an intellectual pattern which is functional only for a local, Eastern European paradigm? How the Western-based critical thinking models (such as Post-colonialism, Critical Theory, Feminism and Cultural Studies) have penetrated and changed the East-Central European critical reflection?
This conference is an interdisciplinary forum that welcomes contributions from academics and practitioners working in the fields or at the intersection of cinema, visual arts, media, literature and performing arts.
Deadline for abstract submissions: April 1, 2016. Notifications of acceptance of the submissions will be emailed by April 15, 2016.
Each presentation will be twenty minutes long, followed by a ten-minute discussion period.
The conference fee for speakers is € 130 (€ 90 for PhD candidates). The fee does not include accommodation and meals, and will be paid in advance after the confirmation of paper acceptance (or, exceptionally in cash at the conference registration desk).
Registered speakers will have access to snacks and coffee during presentations and will have access to the opening cocktail.
The language of the conference is English.
Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the peer-reviewed journal EKPHRASIS. Images, Cinema, Theory, Media.
Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words, together with a short bio and author’s affiliation in English to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Accepted file types: Word documents (Open Office or Microsoft Office), not PDF. Confirmation will be received by email.
Horea Avram teaches at the Department of Cinematography and Media, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania. Doctoral studies in Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University, Montreal. He researches and writes about new media art, representation theory, technology and visual culture. His most recent publications include “Augmented Reality” in Encyclopedia of Aesthetics Second edition, Editor in chief: Michael Kelly (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2014); “The Visual Regime of Augmented Space” in Theorizing Visual Studies: Writing Through the Discipline, James Elkins, ed. (New York: Routledge, 2013). He publishes essays in: M/C Media and Culture Journal, International Journal of Arts and Technology, Kinephanos, Ekphrasis, Idea. Art + Society, Arta, etc. Independent curator since 1996. He has curated most notably for Venice Biennale in 1999.
Daniel Iftene is Assistant Professor at the Theatre and Television Faculty (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca). After graduating from an inter-disciplinary MA program in Journalism and Current History, with a paper on Romanian post-communist cinema, he received his PhD with his doctoral dissertation on Romanian theatre and film directing in the past century, focusing on major film and theatre directors like Liviu Ciulei, Lucian Pintilie, Alexandru Tatos, Mircea Daneliuc etc. In the past years, his studies, presented and/or published in academic conferences and journals, have focused on both Romanian and Eastern-European film history, theory and aesthetics. Since 2012, he teaches in all these areas at the Theatre and Television Faculty, and in various extra-curricular programs.
Rodica Mocan is Assistant Professor and the Head of the Department of Cinematography and Media, Faculty of Theatre and Television, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. She is active in the European Academy for Digital Media and a jury member for various competitions in the field. Her research interests include the digital competence development in lifelong learning, multimedia applications with interactive content, multimedia in performative arts and the interactive documentary. She was the Director of the Distance Education in Journalism program (2000-2005) and the Director of the Lifelong Learning Center (2008-2012) of the Babeș-Bolyai University.
Claudiu Turcuș is Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj. He obtained his PhD in Humanities (2011) at Babeș-Bolyai University after a fellowship research at Bard College, New York. His research interests are focused on Film Criticism, Adaptation Theory and Eastern European Cinema and Literature. He is also the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Ekphrasis – Image, Cinema, Theory, Media. His book, Norman Manea. Aesthetics as East Ethics (Peter Lang 2016) is the very first monograph about life and oeuvre of this important Romanian-American writer, proposed twice for Nobel Prize. Currently, Claudiu finished a postdoctoral project about socialist aestheticism in Romanian cinema, and literature.