Call for Proposals: Art at the Frontier of Film Theory: the Work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen – deadline 26 April 2019

Art at the Frontier of Film Theory: the Work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen.

A student-led symposium: Saturday 29 June 2019

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival is inviting proposals from doctoral students for a one-day student-led symposium about the work of Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen. The symposium will be the culmination of a programme of events dedicated to Mulvey and Wollen, taking place at Birkbeck from 22 March to 24 May 2019.

The programme is in three parts: an exhibition entitled “Art at the Frontier of Film Theory” which, according to the curators, Oliver Fuke and Nick Helm-Grovas, “uses the gallery space to refract the work of Mulvey and Wollen through the prism of art”; a retrospective of Mulvey-Wollen’s collaborative films, including Riddles of the Sphinx, and Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons; and a series of public talks and workshops on topics such as “Film as Theory” and “Feminist Film Curating”. Information about the exhibition, the film season, and the public talks, is available from the CHASE website and from the website of BIMI and the EFF.

The symposium will take place on Saturday 29 June 2019, in Birkbeck Cinema. This is more than a month after the end of the programme, and therefore the idea of the symposium is to provide a space for critical reflection and debate, with a certain detachment from the programme itself.

Proposals are now welcome from doctoral students wishing to engage with any aspect of this programme of events, or indeed with aspects of the work of Mulvey and Wollen which are not covered by the programme.

Students with interests in any of the following fields may wish to put forward proposals: critical theory, feminism, sexual politics, film theory, experimental film, art practice, history of art, curatorial studies (art or film), cultural history, and others.

In addition to conference papers, the symposium will be open to presentations that take the form of video essays, sound compositions, visual studies, and other creative interventions in the debate around the legacy and contemporary relevance of the Mulvey-Wollen corpus.

We would also like to hear from CHASE students interested in taking an active role in the organisation of the symposium, and/or in the realisation of the actual programme as it unfolds – whether that be assisting with the preparation of certain events, or reporting on them in the form of written blogs or other forms of critical reflection (photography, video, sound).

Expressions of interest and conference proposals should be sent to the following address, marked “Mulvey Wollen Programme”: bimi@bbk.ac.uk

Deadlines: if you wish to help organise the symposium and/or participate in the programme of events, please contact us; if you wish to propose a paper or other intervention for the symposium, please do so by Friday 26 April.

On behalf of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image and the Essay Film Festival: Matthew Barrington, Leila Nassereldein, Michael Temple.

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CHASE EU Conference Working Group – call for support

CHASE EU Conference Working Group

We are looking for postgraduate students at CHASE institutions to join a working group to help organise The CHASE European Conference. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience organising an international conference, and collaborate with colleagues from across CHASE institutions. As a member of the working group you will be involved with all stages of organisation, from helping to draft the upcoming funding application, shaping the theme, to approaching speakers and participants.

The CHASE European Conference: Thinking Through Brexit aims to bring together graduate students and academics from across the CHASE consortium to discuss the future of Arts and Humanities research in the face of the UK’s exit from the EU. Based at either the Paris or Brussels campuses of the University of Kent, the event would include two days of events on the practical and cultural consequences of the Brexit vote for HEI institutions, encouraging CHASE-European collaboration. Through keynotes, breakout sessions, workshops and practice-based / artistic responses, it is hoped that new networks form between CHASE students, academics and their EU-based colleagues to foster interdisciplinary ways of thinking through ‘Brexit’.

No specific research interests in the EU are necessary to be part of the working group, just enthusiasm for the project and willingness to get involved!

If you are interested in getting involved please email Leah Sidi: lsidi01@mail.bbk.ac.uk

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