2014 NHF Summer Symposium Announced

Jan
8
Submitted by David
Visions of House and Home  
Call for Papers  and mark your calendars!
Thursday, July 24 - Saturday, July 26, 2014
 
From the very earliest film of in-laws cavorting in the Roundhay Garden (1888), domestic settings have provided the backdrop and often the unintentional subject of amateur film. The organizers of the 2014 Northeast Historic Film Summer Symposium invite proposals featuring studies of amateur and non-theatrical films that examine house, home, and domesticity.
“Wunderkino 4: Visions of House and Home" focuses on understanding how amateur and non-theatrical films offer insight into daily life, domesticity, and the quotidian activity that has often been dismissed as mise en scène. How does the performance of domesticity size or resize the frame? What activities define house and home on film? How do notions and conventions of home frame regions, communities, and people in amateur films, industrial films, and educational films? This year’s theme is an effort to draw upon the wide range of approaches that scholars, artists, filmmakers, and archivists bring to the study and use of amateur and non-theatrical film. 
This is the fifteenth annual Symposium held by Northeast Historic Film. For previous programs see http://www.oldfilm.org/content/symposia-and-roundtables .
Wunderkino (“wonder-cinema”) are moving images that ignite our curiosity and engagement and help us to rethink questions of creativity, complexity, rarity and the multiple uses and understandings of amateur and non-commercial films.
We encourage (and expect) participants to incorporate examples of interesting moving images as part of their presentations. NHF houses a 125-seat cinema with 35mm, 16mm, video, and DVD projection. In 2013 Northeast Historic Film received the Silver Light Award from the Association of Moving Image Archivists for significant contributions to the field. For a review of the 2012 Symposium by Leo Goldsmith, NYU, see the AMIA journal, The Moving Image, Fall 2013.
The NHF Summer Symposium is a multi-disciplinary gathering devoted to the history, theory, and preservation of amateur and nontheatrical moving images. For over a decade, the Symposium has been bringing together archivists, scholars, and artists in an intimate setting for three days of viewing and discussing lesser-known, amateur, and found films. NHF is located in Bucksport, a town of 5,000 on the coast of Maine. For more info on NHF, please visit www.oldfilm.org.
Presenters typically have 30-45 minutes in which to deliver their paper and engage in discussion with their colleagues. The symposium is open to archivists, artists and scholars from all disciplines. Please be advised that NHF is a non-profit organization. Unfortunately, we do not have resources to fund travel and lodging for conference presenters and participants. All presenters and participants must register for the symposium.
Please send 250-500 word abstracts outlining your paper ideas and a brief cv via e-mail to: symposium@wunderkino.org
We are happy to discuss your presentation ideas with you in advance of a formal submission. The Symposium Program Committee will begin reviewing proposals on ApriI 20, 2014, and will finalize the program by May 10, 2014.