Future Histories of the Moving Image – deadline 30 May 2007

Future Histories of the Moving Image

An international conference to be held at University of Sunderland

16-18 November 2007

Keynote Speaker: Professor Patricia Zimmermann (Ithaca College, New York), with other keynotes to be confirmed

As is now widely acknowledged, with the advent of digital technology the nature of moving image production, distribution and exhibition has changed dramatically. In particular, a rapidly increasing number of people are now accessing an increasing volume and range of moving image material online. This technology is also changing the way in which we analyse and document current and historical moving image practices, as there has been a recent proliferation of digital archive and database projects relating to film, video and television practices. It is timely therefore to examine the changing ways in which we are circulating and interrogating moving image culture.

We would particularly welcome papers that address the following areas:

– What impact does the increasing reliance on database resources have on the nature of the histories we produce and write?

– History as database vs history as narrative.

– Implications of the proliferation of online critical writing (from refereed academic journals through to personal blogs) and its dissemination, with the blurring of the traditional distinction between professional and amateur writer.

– The role and implication of immediate online distribution/exhibition of works

– What impact is digital distribution having on theatrical exhibition?

– Issues arising from the perceived need on the part of major producers/broadcasters to develop content for multiple platforms.

– The implications of multiple producers being able to disseminate a wide range of material to multiple niche audiences (giving the idea of ‘narrowcasting’ a new meaning).

– Revival/development of found footage production practices with the availability of digital archives such as Library of Congress Internet Archive (including the Prelinger Archive) and BBC Open Archive initiative.

– Questions relating to the increasing accessibility online of moving image material in relation to intellectual property and the development of the Creative Commons copyright licence.

– The creative influence of database logic on film structure.

The conference will also host an open workshop – with participation by the Arts Council England, the Tate and the British Film Institute – which will address the issues of securing the sustainability and maximising the use/visibility of the growing number of film and video database/online research resources. The workshop is funded by the AHRC Networks and Workshops Scheme.

Please send proposals of 200-300 words for papers of approx. 20 minutes, together with a brief biographical note by 30 May 2007 to the conference organisers (Steven Ball, Julia Knight and Stephen Partridge) at

Future Histories of the Moving Image is a joint conference organised by the Univeresity of Sunderland, the British Artists’ Film and Video Study Collection (University of the Arts, London) and the Visual Research Centre REWIND project DJCAD at the University of Dundee, in collaboration with Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies. All papers delivered at the conference will be considered for publication in the journal.