I would like to make a few final comments on the blog for this section of what I hope will remain an ongoing concern.
I found the three or more days of the conference incredibly interesting and stimulating in ways that, at times, defied classification. This certainly seemed the case in our roundtable discussion on Monday. The returning themes of the Avant-Garde, debates over singular models of rationality, history and theory’s troubled connection with each other, intermediality and the problem of the digital, are all endemic of the current debates in film studies as a whole. As such, I am moved to suggest that FSAC could do with more of these kinds of questions and debates. Perhaps a regular open panel or roudtable on the history and epistemology of film studies is in order.
In talking to presenters and attendees over the course of the conference I was struck by the amount that was being learned through the presentations rather than simply because of them. In lieu of registering the results of completed research, our meetings had an honest work-in-progress feel which was at times frustrating, but illustrated a real snapshot of the discipline at this point in time. What was most exciting was the feeling that each person, whether speaking or listening, had some stake in the outcome and expressed a genuine wish to understand and appreciate each presentation. We can hardly ask for a more positive outcome.
I trust that most if not all the criticisms in these posts were taken in the spirit in which they we given: earnestly, forthrightly, but always with a grain of salt. I hope I’m not alone in looking forward to our next meeting, be it in conference, the lecture hall or online. Please feel free to comment on any of our posts and by all means remain in touch with myself or any of the grad students.
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