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.

Environmental Configurations: Media, Infrastructure, Place-making

The twenty-first century proliferation of digital infrastructures marks the simultaneous hyperinflation and the abolition of the concept of the medium. In this seminar we examine the changing role of infrastructures, place-making, and culture in the production of environmental media configurations as space and platforms. The seminar itself is conceived as a platform to create connections […]

NECS 2017 Paris, preliminary program released

The preliminary program of the 11th annual NECS Conference, which will take place from June 29th to July 1st 2017 in Paris, is now available online. Keynote speakers for the conference include Mark Hansen (Duke University, USA), Deborah Chambers (Newcastle University, UK), and Elizabeth Price (artist). NECS Conference activities will take place this year in three different […]

Theory of Practice/Practice of Theory: Thinking Through Making, Coventry University

Organised by Dr Kamila Kuc and Dr Miriam de Rosa. Chaired by Dr Janneke Adema. Date: 15 March 2017 Venue: Coventry Transport Museum, Starley Suite.  Time: 10.00-16.00 Concept This symposium takes as its starting point Kamila Kuc’s latest book Visions of Avant-Garde Film: Polish Cinematic Experiments from Expressionism to Constructivism (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2016), which argues for the […]

Cute, small, and deadly — a symposium

A symposium on aesthetics and political forms, Friday, 3 March 2017, 13.30h, NYU-Prague We live in strange times. Isis, an international terrorist organization, uses kitten pictures to soften its public image. A right wing ideologue rises to the U.S. presidency via Twitter, a media platform that miniaturizes public speech and thrives on one liners. Meanwhile, […]

Black Film British Cinema Conference 2017

The Politics of Race in Contemporary Film and Digital Practice, 18-19 May 2017. Goldsmiths, University of London (Day One) and Institute of Contemporary Arts (Day Two) Whether we consider the rise of the concept of diversity, the on-screen representation of identities, the off-screen workforce, the production trends of film institutions, new forms of independent production opened up […]

NECSUS Autumn 2017_#Dress

In a widely circulating quote, Marlene Dietrich declares: ‘I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.’ Obviously, Dietrich, notably under Von Sternberg’s guidance, is a quintessential example of the convergence in a star image of studio marketing strategies, elaborate art direction, gender issues, and bonds […]

Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2016, Documentary Intersections

Alternative Film/Video Research Forum 2016, Documentary Intersections Alternative Film/Video, 7-11 December 2016, Belgrade Regarding the active fault line between modes of expression in cinema, Bill Nichols wrote about ‘blurred boundaries’ in 1995. Twenty years later Erika Balsom and Hila Peleg wrote about ‘documentary across disciplines’ with a specific focus on alternative forms. Notwithstanding these important recent critical […]

Open Access in Media Studies

The website Open Access in Media Studies is now online. It is maintained and curated by Jeroen Sondervan in collaboration with the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS). The website and blog aim to inform about and promote open access publishing in the field of media studies.

PhD positions at University of Luxembourg

The Historical Institute/Center for Contemporary and Digital History at University of Luxembourg has obtained a large grant from the Fonds National de la Recherche Luxembourg, enabling the creation of a Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) and opening up 13 positions for PhD students (doctoral candidates) in the field of digital history and hermeneutics. Visit the website for […]

Editorial Necsus

This year marks the tenth anniversary of NECS (European Network of Cinema and Media Studies), one of the key organisations that co-established and continues to support NECSUS. Founded in Berlin in February 2006, NECS has grown into a large network of media studies academics and researchers in and beyond Europe. The launch of the first […]

On cinematic affect

The open access journal The Cine-Files has recently published a special dossier on cinematic affect. The dossier was edited by Anne Rutherford (Western Sydney University) and includes an essay by NECSUS editor Patricia Pisters on Black Swan (Darren Aronofsky, 2010). The Cine-Files is an online scholarly journal of cinema studies produced within the cinema studies program at […]