Jun 26, 2013

Opening day: Sept. 26: PLACING ORPHAN FILMS

Opening day of "Orphans Midwest: Materiality and the Moving Image" at Indiana University, a special graduate student conference precedes the evening screening.  (Register: click here.)

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 9am to 5 pm
Dogwood Room, Indiana Memorial Union, IU Bloomington campus

A day of presentations examining how new categorizations are affecting media studies. Organized by SCMS’s Nontheatrical Film and Media Scholarly Interest Group; 
led by Martin Johnson (Catholic U) and Andy Uhrich (Indiana U).

Conference Schedule Draft

8am coffee and pastries

9am Category Problems
Placing “Scientific” Cinema in the Pre-Nickelodeon Era
Luke Stadel (Northwestern U)

Amateur Adjacent and Nearly Orphaned: Complications in Categorization
Dave Sagehorn (Northwestern U)

Recurring Nightmares: The Shifting Ephemerality of “Exclusive” Serial Killer Interviews in America’s “Wound Culture”
Ashley R. Smith (Northwestern U)

10:15am coffee break

10:30am Toward a Historiography of Film’s Productive Forces,
via Twin Cities Archives

Films that Teach: Audio-Visual Education Services
Matt Levine (U of Minnesota)

Tracing the Archival Function: Home Movies, Amateur Films and the Institution
Rachel Schaff (U of Minnesota)

Walter Breckenridge and the Educational Nature Film of the 1950s
Anaïs Nony (U of Minnesota)

Media Ethnography in Practice: Sadie Benning, the Walker Art Center, and Social Capital in the Film Archive
Jen Hughes (U of Minnesota)

12noon lunch break

1pm Orphan Geographies

>¿Y los huérfanos?: On the Nontheatrical in Latin American Film Scholarship
Christopher Moore (Indiana U)

Local Orphans: Examining the Local through Detroit Newsreels
Ben Strassfeld (U of Michigan)

Orphan Films or Prisoners of War? The Use of Captured Enemy Motion Pictures as Evidence and Intelligence during World War II
Nate Brennan (New York U)

2:15pm snack break

2:30pm Future Directions

Un-Caging the Orphan: What Intersectionality Can Teach Us about the
Educational Role of Orphan Works

Ashley Blewer and Travis Wagner (U of South Carolina)

Orphan Films and Digital Humanities: Bad Metadata as a Barrier to Good Research
Brian Real (U of Maryland)

“It’s the pictures that got small”: Incorporating Video in the Orphans Movement
Kit Hughes (U of Wisconsin - Madison)

3:45 p.m. snack break

4:00 p.m. Closing Thoughts?

NOTE: The Orphans Midwest opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m.