Developments in digital technology afford exciting new possibilities for conducting analysis and conveying arguments in a multimedia form about multimedia objects of study through works commonly known as ‘videographic essays.’ Professors Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell will lead a two-week workshop at Middlebury College in Vermont from June 14-27, 2015, where participants will learn how to conceive and produce film & media criticism via digital sound and moving images.
The workshop is designed for 12 participants, ranging in rank from advanced graduate students to full professors, including scholars working outside traditional faculty positions, whose objects of study involve audio-visual media, especially film, radio, television, and other new digital media forms. Through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, participants will receive a small stipend as well as having all travel, housing, and food expenses covered.
In the workshop, we will engage with many key questions facing film and media scholarship in the digital age: How might the use of images and sounds transform the rhetorical strategies used by film/media scholars? How does such creative digital scholarship fit into the norms of contemporary academia? How might incorporating aesthetic strategies common to moving images reshape scholarly discourse? How do broader trends and developments in remix culture and copyright activism connect with new modes of film and media scholarship? In a workshop setting, we will consider the theoretical foundation for such forms of digital scholarship, and we will experiment extensively with producing such work. The goal will be to explore a range of approaches by using moving images as a critical language and to expand the expressive possibilities available to innovative humanist scholars.
Participants are not expected to have experience producing videos – the workshop will be aimed at exploring the new format and stimulating new ideas. Participants should be working in film and media studies, or a related field. Participants may be of any nationality or residency, but will be responsible for obtaining the necessary paperwork to attend the workshop in the United States.
Applications for the workshop are due December 1, 2014 – participants will be notified about their acceptance by the end of January 2015.