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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 pair of two-week workshops at Middlebury College in Vermont from June 18 – July 1, 2017 and June 17 – 30, 2018, where participants will learn how to conceive and produce film & media criticism via digital sound and moving images. The 2017 workshop was for currently-enrolled graduate students, and the 2018 workshop will only be for scholars holding a Ph.D.

neh_logo_horizontal_rgbEach workshop will serve 15 participants, 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 workshops, we 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 consider the theoretical foundation for such forms of digital scholarship, and experiment extensively with producing such work. The goal is 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 is aimed at exploring the new format and stimulating new ideas.

Applications for the 2018 workshop will be due December 1, 2017 – participants will be notified about their acceptance by the end of January 2018. Applications are now being accepted.