17th Annual Graduate Colloquim "Propaganda - Censorship - Digital Media"

Country: Canada

City: Saskatchewan

Abstr. due: 15.12.2014

Dates: 27.02.15 — 28.02.15

Area Of Sciences: Sociology; Cultural science;

Organizing comittee e-mail: Philippe.Mather@uregina.ca.

Organizers: Univercity of Regina


Propaganda is pervasive in contemporary society, and has generated a
considerable body of artefacts and  theories which attempt to explain
them. In fact, it is thanks to its role as propaganda during WWI that
cinema became a legitimate art. By the end of the 1930s, its
mobilizational potential was taken seriously  by all countries with
established film industries, and continued to be valued during the Cold
War, thus  generating speculations that cinema has an inherent
structural and technological predisposition for  distortion – both of
optics and of meaning (Paul Virilio). In this digital age, because of
ubiquitous  screen media outlets, we have witnessed an unprecedented
proliferation of conspiracy theories as an  alternative form of (dis)
information or propaganda. Moreover, since its emergence as a mass media
phenomenon, film propaganda has always already been associated with
(self) censorship and surveillance.  Therefore, at the 2015 FSAC Grad
Colloquium, we invite discussion of the complex – even paradoxical –
relationship between film/media arts (and film language), on the one
hand, and propaganda, surveillance,  (self) censorship and conspiracy
theories, on the other – from both contemporary and historical points
of view.

Papers and possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

-Historical role of film propaganda, surveillance and (self) censorship
-Theoretical approaches to film propaganda
-Conspiracy cinema
-Conspiracy theories on film and in social media
-Censorship and self-censorship in cinema and in social media
-Censorship, self-censorship and the evolution of film language
-Surveillance on film
-Surveillance and (self) censorship
-Contemporary cinematic forms of propaganda and consensus building
-The filmmaker as propagandist
-Digital technology and propaganda
-Cinematography, film sound and editing in service of propaganda
-Propaganda in narrative cinema or avant-garde film or computer games

Conference Web-Site: http://www.filmstudies.ca/category/grad-students/grad-colloq