Entries by Greg DeCuir

Dressing the surface

by Giuliana Bruno What is the place of materiality in our contemporary virtual world? To engage materiality, I suggest that we think about surfaces rather than images, and explore the fabrics of the visual and the surface tension of media. In order to pursue a new materialism, I propose performing critical acts of investigation on […]

Providing evidence for a philosophical claim: The Act of Killing and the banality of evil

by Thomas E. Wartenberg[1] There has been an ongoing debate among philosophers and film theorists about whether films are capable of doing philosophy. The vast majority of the contributions to this debate have concentrated on narrative fiction films and the extent to which they are capable of producing something recognisable as philosophy.[2] This essay begins […]

The ghost is just a metaphor: Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, nineteenth-century female gothic, and the slasher

by Evangelia Kindinger A brief overview of American film and television since the 1990s affirms María del Pilar Blanco and Esther Peeren’s conclusion: ‘It seems that ghosts are everywhere these days.’[1] With the release of Crimson Peak in 2015, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro did not only add another horror movie to his oeuvre,[2] but […]

Intertextuality, cybersubculture, and the creation of an alternative public space: ‘Danmu’ and film viewing on the Bilibili.com website, a case study

by Zhu Yeqi Introduction  As a prominent feature of the burgeoning video-share websites such as Bilibili.com in China, an online video commentary format called ‘Danmu’ – which literally means ‘bullet screen’ but can also be interpreted as a ‘barrage’ – has become highly popular. Through having viewers’ text commentary scroll across the screen and being […]

La Grande Bellezza: Adventures in transindividuality

by Elena del Río In Paolo Sorrentino’s HBO series The Young Pope, Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law) declares his aversion to the presence of tourists in Rome on the grounds that ‘they are just passing through’. By contrast, Sorrentino’s La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty, 2013) makes the tourist’s experience of ‘passing through’ the very […]

Editorial Necsus

From the early days of film studies, costumes have been analysed as an important element of the mise-en-scène and stardom, as they help shape identities and define subjectivities, crafting the stars. There is no question that costumes help create meaning, no less today than in the heyday of classical cinema. More recently, haute couture has […]

The NECS 2018 Conference

CALL FOR PAPERS  The University of Amsterdam, the Free University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University are happy to present   The NECS 2018 Conference Media Tactics and Engagement 27-29 June 2018 Hosted by the University of Amsterdam and the Free University of Amsterdam  Pre-Conference Media in Transition 26 June 2018 Hosted by Utrecht University Post-Conference […]

NECSUS Spring 2018_#Resolution

guest edited by Francesco Casetti (Yale University) and Antonio Somaini (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3) One of the striking features of contemporary visual culture is the presence of a double, contrasting tendency. On the one hand a drive towards higher and higher degrees of definition and resolution of digital images, cameras, and screens, and on […]

NECSUS abstract submissions — no deadlines!

NECSUS accepts abstract submissions on a rolling basis throughout the year for a wide variety of articles on a number of themes related to media studies but not necessarily connected to a special section topic. These submissions will be considered for the Features section, which opens every journal issue. Articles in the Features section are […]

Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2017, Politics as Usual

Alternative Film/Video, 13-17 December 2017, Belgrade Perhaps the most referenced statement on politics in cinema is Jean-Luc Godard’s notion that the ideal is not to make political films, but to make films politically. Godard proclaimed this at a turning point in his career – when he turned to alternative forms of cinema, alternative forms of […]

NECS 2018 in Amsterdam

The NECS 2018 conference will take place at the University of Amsterdam, organised by NECSUS editorial board members Patricia Pisters and Jaap Kooijman, among others. Kooijman has created a short video to announce the conference. More details coming in the months to follow.