Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema

Posted on 21 February 2015

Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema is a two day postgraduate conference, to be held on the 18th and 19th of June 2015 at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television, University of York. Proposals are welcome from postgraduate and early career researchers on any aspect relating to silent cinema and film industry of the silent period.

The keynote speakers are:

Dr Jennifer M. Bean (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies, Adjunct Associate Professor of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington)
Dr Stefania Serafin (Professor in Sound for Multimodal Environments, Medialogy Aalborg University, Copenhagen)
The conference is partly funded by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities. Thanks to their generosity, attendance is free, but places are limited. 

Call For Papers

Possible topics can include but are not limited to the following themes and subject areas:

• National Cinemas
• Hollywood Silent Period
• Early Cinema and Cinema of Attractions
• Technologies of Silent Film: Sound and Vision
• Star Studies
• The Sound of Silents: Sound Effects, Foley or Music
• Practices of Film Exhibition
• Representations of Gender and/or Race
• Fan Culture and Film Magazine
• Aesthetics

Please submit a 300 word abstract of your presentation to by 27th of March 2015, with 5 keywords and a short bio to best describe you and your research area. We will contact you by 17th April 2015 with our decision. Small travel reimbursements up to a maximum of £50 will also be available; if you wish to apply for one, please write Travel Allowance in the top left corner of your abstract and include the name of the place you'll be travelling from. The allowances will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Download this Call for Papers as a PDF: Silent Cinema Call For Papers (PDF , 970kb)