XXIII International Film Studies Conference
XIII MAGIS Film Studies Spring School
9 – 15 March, Gorizia
FilmForum/MAGIS Spring School is an international film and media studies conference (especially aimed at MA and PhD students and early career researchers) organized by the University of Udine (Italy) in collaboration with: Concordia University, Montreal; Fachhochschule Potsdam; Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main; Université de Lausanne; Université de Montréal; Université du Québec à Montréal; Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3; University of Malta.
Inaugurated in 2003, FilmForum has now become one of the most important events in the field of film and media studies, also being considered highly influential across several other disciplines. The School is in fact internationally renowned for its interdisciplinary flair, for the originality of its approaches, and for its cutting edge topics.
For its 2016 edition, FilmForum promotes two research projects.
HISTORY OF CINEMA WITHOUT NAMES
Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Pierre Bayard, University Paris 8 – Vicennes-St Denis
Maurizio Ferraris, Università degli Studi di Torino.
BODIFICATIONS: MAPPING THE BODY IN MEDIA CULTURE
Confirmed Keynote speakers:
Kevin Brownlow, Filmmaker and Film Historian (UK)
Jack Halberstam, University of Southern California (US)
Erkki Huhthamo, University of California Los Angeles (US)
Isaac Julien, Installation Artist and Film Director (UK)
Laura U. Marks, Simon Fraser University –Vancouver (CA)
Bernard Perron, Université de Montréal (CA)
Jackie Stacey, Manchester University (UK)
Thomas Waugh, Concordia University (CA)
The Bodifications project is dedicated to the transformations of the body in contemporary media cultures. More specifically, we aim to investigate: 1. The function of media representations in the social (re)definition of the body; that is, the ways in which media texts and discourses produce repertories, iconographies, images, perceptions, models, and meanings that influence the construction of the body and its transformations; 2. The role of media technologies in the physical transformation and enhancement of the body; that is, the ways in which the intersection of body and technology contributes to overcome the biological, neurological, and psychological limits of the (human) body; 3. The role of media technologies in the epistemological reconceptualization of the body as a cultural and scientific object during the last two centuries, and their influence on the concurrent transformation of the observing subject – from external and “detached” to embodied and embedded in the object itself. Each of the School’s sections (Film Heritage, Media Archaeology, Porn Studies, Post-Cinema, Visual Arts) employs its own methodological perspectives to carry out a specific project within a joint research programme.