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Call for Submissions: SHOCK VALUE, NYU Cinema Studies Student Conference, Deadline: December 22nd

SHOCK VALUE: Experience, Affect, and the Moving Image

NYU Cinema Studies Student Conference

February 20-21, 2015



From theorists Munsterberg and Benjamin to Deleuze and Gunning, the concept of shock has a long historical and theoretical legacy in cinema and media studies. Moving images and sound can challenge zones of sensory, emotional, or intellectual comfort. Movie theater, gallery, television, or touch screen, what does it mean to produce and experience shock in media? Or, have we entered a post-shock era? With a news cycle that appears increasingly punctuated by one explosive event after another, the time is ripe to revisit moving image media through the lens of shock.

The Cinema Studies Student Conference at New York University invites submissions from a range of disciplines to our conference, “Shock Value: Experience, Affect, and the Moving Image,† February 20-21, 2015. Topics may include but are not limited to:

Theories and philosophies of shock and cinematic affect

Disruptive formal techniques (editing disjunctures, non-linearity etc.)

Shocking fiction, nonfiction, or experimental content (violence, death, terrorism, sex, etc.)

Genres thaat provoke, thrill, or titillate (horror, exploitation, pornography, etc.)

Media technologies from past to present (Technicolor, sound, 3D, IMAX, touchscreens, etc.)

Bodily or psychic shock

Political or social change filmmaking

Representations of collective trauma in the aftermath of genocide, war, repressive regimes, or natural disasters

Provocative auteurs or media personalitiies (Chan-wook, Tarantino, Haneke, OReilly, von Trier,Weerasethakul, and others)

Jolting news and news reporting (shock jocks, terrorist propaganda, sensationalist news, etc.)

Policing and censorrship of controversial content

Please submit an abstract (250-300 words) and CV to co-chairs Gianni Barchiesi, Lukas Brasiskis, Tanya Goldman, Valeria Guerrero, Rochelle Miller, and Joseph Yanick at nyushock15@gmail.com no later than December 22, 2014. Participants will be notified by early January

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