Film and moving image studies culture(s)

Sociologists and education science specialists (i.e., Bourdieu or T. Becher) have shown that academic disciplines are spaces in which identities, “academic tribes” are formed, to use Becher's expression. Their work also illustrates how practicing an academic discipline is linked to and even creates ways of seeing and conceiving the world. These identities assume many different forms. For example, national traditions of Film and Moving Image Studies in France, the United States and Japan are very different. These differences affect both the institutional places where Film and Moving Image Studies are practiced and disseminated, as well as research topics and the way they are conceived. These questions are distinct from the historical and epistemological problems addressed in axes 1 and 2, but they are certainly not entirely foreign to them either: they provide another angle on a disciplinary field, one that is oriented toward other preoccupations closer to that of sociology and anthropology – or “cultural studies”. Indeed, the history of institutions as well as epistemological considerations regarding approaches and background beliefs emerge from issues that are raised by questions of disciplinary identity and cultural traditions within Film and Moving Image Studies.

James Cahill's lecture

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Friday, March 18, 2016 - 16:00

If cinematic media may be understood to have a Copernican potential, whereby they may be used as instruments of scientific discovery and anti-anthropocentric displacement, how does such a potential change how one conceives of the world or even constructs, or for the historian, reconstructs new ones?

Jason Mittell's talk

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 16:00

Our contemporary media landscape might be called the era of heightened seriality. In this talk, Professor Jason Mittell explores how serial storytelling has pervaded both film and television narrative, considering what formal elements define contemporary seriality, and how seriality is forged by industrial and viewing practices.

Daniel Herbert's lecture

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Friday, November 7, 2014 - 16:00
Historically, video stores in both big cities and small towns often served as de facto cinémathèques and informal “film schools.” Now that Netflix and other digital delivery services have largely destroyed the brick-and-mortar video rental industry, some surviving stores have made efforts to formally re-define themselves as cultural and cinematic institutions.

Will Brooker's lecture

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 17:15
Since 1940, one year after his inception, Batman has occupied multiple media texts: from 1943 onwards, he has also existed across multiple media forms. This talk takes us through 75 years of Batman as a cross-platform cultural icon, tracing his journey from comics through newspaper strips and film serials to television, movies and video games.

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