The NECS 2015 Conference. Archives of/for Tomorrow

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18 June 2015

Language of the Conference

Presentations and accompanying events will be held in English.

Date and Location of the Conference

17-20 June 2015. Presentations will take place in the newly constructed building of the Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz, ul. Pomorska 171/173, 90-236 Łódź.

Scope of the event

The event will be attended by 450 scholars from around the world including about 40 from Poland. The exact number of participants will be known after the Steering Committee of NECS has accepted and evaluated all applications.

Conference description

The NECS 2015 Conference. Archives of/for Tomorrow will be the ninth edition of the meeting of researchers of audiovisual culture affiliated through NECS (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies). Previous conferences took place in, among others, Lisbon, Istanbul, Prague and Milan. Poland has been invited to organize the 2015 edition of the event. NECS Conference is the biggest cyclic event in the field of media and audiovisual culture, gathering about 450 speakers from around the world. Participation in the conference is free of charge but travel and accommodation costs must be covered by the participants themselves.

The website of the Association can be found at www.necs.org

The theme of the conference which will take place in Lodz is Archives of/for Tomorrow. It will focuse on the issues related to data archiving and archiving prospects in the modern audiovisual culture.  The range of issues includes digitization of cultural artifacts, social archiving, Film Studies in the times of „archive fever”.

The conference will be held over the period of 4 days. The first day is going to be dedicated to the Graduate Workshop, followed by 3 days of the conference itself. Next 3 days are the conference itself. We predict that selected sections will receive special patronage from associations specializing in relevant theme. The patron of the panel will provide a strong guarntee of the quality of the presentation and will serve as additional indication for recipients of the precise character of speeches.

As part of the conference there will be lectures given by invited authorities. Instead of traditional lectures, meetings with guests will take the form of panel discussions. After a 15-minute introduction given by the guest speaker an 45-minute discussion led by moderator will follow. Invited guests are: Laura Mulvey, Oliver Grau and Giovanna Fossati.

The conference will also include workshop organized by research groups operating within NECS and an annual general meeting of the members of the Association.

Traditionally, an important part of the conference will be „Publishers Area”. This event allows to familiarize oneself with offers of the world's leading cinematographic and media studies publishers and to purchase books and periodicals at promotional prices directly from them.

Presenting work in progress and new publications (monographies, book series, magazines, special publications) will be possible thanks to Pitching Forum. It will also provide a space to familiarize the audience with interesting initiatives in the field of  humanities and ongoing research projects.

The programe of the events accompanying  the conference will be created in colaboration with partners: Cinematography Museum in Lodz, Educational Film Studio in Lodz – WFOiPE, National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz – PWSFTviT and the National Film Archive. The aim of the accompanying events will be to emphasize the importance of film tradition and the potential of Lodz as well as to  introduce guests to the Polish experiences in the field of archiving and digitizing of the audiovisual heritage. 

Organizers

The main organizers of the conference are: NECS Association based in Berlin and the Department of Media and Audiovisual Culture, University of Lodz, Faculty of Philology, University of Lodz.
Its co-organizer is School of Social Psychology in Warsaw.

NECS – Network for European Cinema and Media Studies ( www.necs.org) is an organization for scientific research, gathering as a associety about 13 000 scholars, archivists, curators and other people professionally associated with the media. NECS develops high-quality historical, theoretical and practical research in the field of film and media. It also provides space for professional debates, supports graduates and seeks to empower cinematographic and media studies position within European humanities. Website: www.necs.org.

Department of Media and Audiovisual Culture, University of Lodz – educational organization under the leadership of  prof. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński.  The Department's employees, including prof. dr hab. Tomasz Kłys, prof. dr hab. Piotr Sitarski and dr Konrad Klejsa specialize in  film history, new media and games research. Website: www.kulturoznawstwo.uni.lodz.pl

School of Social Psychology in Warsaw – non-public educational organization. The lecturers teaching in the Institute of Cultural Studies include prof. dr hab. Wiesław Godzic, dr hab. Mirosław Filiciak, professor of SWPS and mgr Łukasz Biskupski.  Website:   www.swps.pl

Committee od the NECS Conferecne 2015:

James Harvey-Davitt, Anglia Ruskin University
Daniel Kulle, Universität Hamburg
Rikke Schubart, Syddansk Universitet
Petr Szczepanik, Masaryk University, Brno
Ewa Ciszewska,  University of Lodz

Local Organising Committee NECS 2015:

prof. dr hab. Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, University of Lodz – chairman of the committee
dr Ewa Ciszewska, University of Lodz – conference secretary
prof. dr hab. Tomasz Kłys,University of Lodz
prof. dr hab. Piotr Sitarski,University of Lodz
prof. dr hab. Stefan Czyżewski,University of Lodz
dr hab. Mirosław Filiciak, School of Social Psychology in Warsaw
dr Kamila Żyto,University of Lodz
dr Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska,University of Lodz
dr Natasza Korczarowska,University of Lodz
dr Dagmara Rode,University of Lodz
dr Konrad Klejsa,University of Lodz
dr Maciej Ożóg,University of Lodz
dr Michał Pabiś-Orzeszyna,University of Lodz
dr Paweł Sołodki, School of Art and Design in Lodz
dr Tomasz Załuski,University of Lodz
mgr Maria B. Garda,University of Lodz
mgr Marta Madejska,University of Lodz
mgr Łukasz Biskupski, School of Social Psychology in Warsaw
mgr Bartosz Zając,University of Lodz
mgr Karol Jóźwiak,University of Lodz
mgr Krzysztof Jajko,University of Lodz

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