22nd Annual Scottish Word and Image Group Conference : "Afterlives : Remediations in Word and Image"

6th-7th May 2016 - University of Dundee

Afterlives : Remediations in Word and Image

We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Laura Mulvey, Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, whose ground-breaking essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” (1975) made such an influential contribution to film theory. In her 2006 work, Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image, Mulvey argues that “the presence of the past in the cinema is also the presence of the body resurrected.” With this idea in mind, the 2016 SWIG conference will explore the complex afterlives of texts and images that are refashioned through the process of adaptation, and reconfigured by new forms and technology. Papers will explore themes as diverse as cultural regeneration, resurrection and reanimation and the relationship between the different media of photography, painting, cinema and literature. Remediation will also be discussed in relation to the growth of computer technology, with the digitisation of texts and images for use on the internet, or, more radically, the digital resurrection of long dead actors. The processes, consequences and ethics of such remediation will be a key theme of the conference. We invite proposals for 20-minute papers relating to (but not limited to) the following topics :
  • Cultural regeneration
  • Intermediality
  • Digital remediations
  • Literary and visual adaptations
  • Avatars
  • Re-enactments
  • Resurrection and reanimation
  • Embodiment
  • Archival remediations
  • Design and technology
  • Echoes and ghostings
  • Performance

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Afterlives2016 : afterlives2016@gmail.com by 13 March 2016. For any enquiries please contact us at the same email address.

Professor Mulvey will inaugurate the 2016 SWIG conference by introducing a specially selected film for screening in the D’arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre at 5.30pm, Friday 6 May 2016. This will be a public event and we hope that all guests will join us afterwards for a wine reception to accompany the screening. Her keynote lecture will take place on the morning of Saturday 7th May and will be followed by a selection of papers dedicated to the theme of remediation in word and image.

The public screening is free and the cost for the full conference is £25 (£15 for students/unwaged).
More info, at : www.dundee.ac.uk/humanities/events/afterlives2016/