MEDIATED PASTS: VISUAL CULTURES AND COLLECTIVE MEMORY
A postgraduate conference
Wednesday 4th June 2014, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Dr. Amy Holdsworth,
Lecturer in Film and Television Studies (University of Glasgow)
Author of Television, Memory and Nostalgia
(2011, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan)
Collective cultural memory, which according to José van Dijck is concerned with the “communal reservoir of relevant stories about our past and future” (2007: 8), has received a great deal of academic attention over the past two decades. More and more, these studies have focused on the impact of media on this ‘reservoir’, be it via collectively remembered images or via contemporary media that depicts the past retrospectively, as evidenced by the work of van Dijck and Amy Holdsworth (2011), among several others. Visual media – whether film, television, video games, photography or online media – have played an increasing role in the formation of cultural memory since 1950, and especially since the digital age, as screen cultures and media technologies have proliferated and diversified at an exponential rate.
De Montfort University’s Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre has been an active contributor to research on the relationship between media and cultural memory through its participation in the BECTU Oral Histories Project and in the Leverhulme-funded Hollywood and the Baby Boom project. As such, the CATH Centre’s third annual postgraduate conference will seek to explore the role of visual media in shaping collective memories, especially since the Second World War. How have transformations in media impacted on people’s relationships to the past? Can new media sources now be accepted as valid historical evidence?
We welcome papers that address these and other related issues by engaging with visual media such as film, television, video games, online cultures and photography. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
– The uses of nostalgia, retro and ‘heritage’ in post-war screen cultures;
– Media representations of history, such as documentaries and docu-dramas;
– The impact of media coverage of historical events on collective memory;
– The role of digital technologies in enabling easy access to archival material and the effect of this phenomenon on our relationship to the past;
– The impact of globalisation on cultural memory.
Abstracts of 200-300 words for papers of 20 minutes, plus a short biography, should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 30th April 2014. For up-to-date information, please visit http://cathpostgrad.wordpress.com/conference-2014/.
We are also delighted to announce that the conference has received a BAFTSS funding award to assist delegates with travel, accommodation, and/or registration costs. Awards will be offered as 2 x £125 for delegates attending from outside the UK, OR as smaller bursaries of up to £50 for those travelling within the UK.
Information on Cinema, Television and History: New Approaches can be found here: http://www.c-s-p.org/flyers/Cinema–Television-and-History–New-Approaches1-4438-5379-8.htm
Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre Postgraduates
School of Media and Communication
De Montfort University