NEW EVENT: European Performing Arts Dataverse Symposium

Organized by: the CREATE Research Programme (University of Amsterdam) in collaboration with the Flemish Scientific Research Community “Cultures of Spectacle”.

Date: 9 November 2017, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Registration: no fee, but reservation required. Please book a ticket

Aim and topic:  to assess the feasibility of creating an international framework and data model that would allow for harmonisation of different European datasets on performing arts, in order to facilitate research on transnational and cross-sectoral connections and comparisons. Speakers are invited to reflect on the potential and pitfalls of comparative cross-sectoral and transnational research that would be enabled by comparing datasets on music, theater and/or cinema performances.

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Institute of Historical Research: Film History Seminars, Autumn 2017

Venue: Past & Present Room N202, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House, London

Time: Thursdays, 17:30

Convenors: Mark Glancy (Queen Mary University of London)

Autumn Term 2017

12 October: “When the Revolution Comes”: The Politics of Remembering Mary C. McCall Jr and the Women Who “Owned” Hollywood, J.E. Smyth (University of Warwick)

9 November: Travolta Fever: Masculinity as Spectacle in the 1970s, Adrian Garvey (Queen Mary University of London)

23 November: Looking For Lela: Finding, and Defining, Women’s Creative Labour in the Production Cultures of Classical Hollywood Cinema, Helen Hanson (University of Exeter)

7 December: “Our Bravest and Most Beautiful Soldier”: Pola Negri, Wartime, and the Gendering of Anxiety in Hotel Imperial (1927), Elisabetta Girelli (University of St Andrews)  

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BFI Reuben Library: ‘The Rise of the Video Essay in Film Studies’ Event

British Film Institute

Professor Catherine Grant discusses the growth of the audio-visual essay as an academic tool.


Location: BFI Southbank, London, UK

Date: 2 October 2017

Time: 6.30 p.m.


For this library talk we welcome Catherine Grant, Professor of Digital Media and Screen Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, and founder of the website Film Studies for Free. She will discuss the growth of the audio-visual essay as an innovative and increasingly popular academic tool, a medium which informs her own work as a champion of online film and moving image studies.

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