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William Hogarth, Scholars at a Lecture, 1736
William Hogarth, Scholars at a Lecture (1736)

New! Beginning in 2018-19, the Center’s 50th anniversary year, C21 will move away from its previous focus on particular themes that change from year to year. Instead, the Center will organize its research and public programs around three ongoing areas of interdisciplinary humanities research: critical, public, and digital humanities.

Faculty and academic staff are invited to propose research topics that fall under one or more of the Center’s three areas of research in critical, public, or digital humanities. Preference will go to the strongest applications, but every effort will be made to ensure distribution across these three focus areas.

All projects should involve substantive academic research, but the final products could take the form of the traditional scholarly article or book, the creation of public-facing events like exhibitions or performances, community programs, or the development of digital interfaces, archives, or artifacts.

Please see the Call for 2018-19 Fellows (PDF) for details and application instructions.

Proposals are due Thursday, January 11, 2018.

Aldo Tambellini, Black, Electromedia Performance at Black Gate Theatre, New York 1967, Photo: Richard Raderman

Are we now in an age of “post-cinema?” Has the massive global wave of digital production, distribution, and exhibition finally eradicated cinema as we’ve known it? Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott, and Peter Greenaway seem to think so, as well as academics from Paolo Cherchi Usai to Alexander Zahlten.

Whatever the object “cinema” was, it seems to have been summarily executed in the digital era. But whose cinema is ending? If “cinema” implies a universal canon built on default ideologies, has its “death” been a response, in part, to deeper investigations into diversities made possible by increased access to the means of production? Are cinema’s many deaths, then, bound to another kind of end: what we understand to be the goal of cinema, whether political, aesthetic, representational, theoretical, or technological?

In this spirit, C21 seeks proposals for presentations at a Spring 2018 conference on the Ends of Cinema. Is the current “post-cinematic” moment one where cinema has died and been reborn? How have globalized and localized diversities resisted or transformed cinema’s deaths? Has the rhetoric of the end of cinema closed off or reopened disciplinary boundaries?

Confirmed plenary speakers: Caetlin Benson-Allott (Georgetown), James Leo Cahill (Toronto), Francesco Casetti (Yale), Mary Ann Doane (Berkeley), André Gaudreault (Montreal), Michael Gillespie (City College), Jean Ma (Stanford), Amy Villarrejo (Cornell).

Abstracts (250 words) are now due MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018. Full CFP.
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