CFP… The Moving Image, Early Cinema and the Archives

The Moving Image 16.1: Special Issue: Early Cinema and the Archives

Call for Proposals and Papers
Tami Williams, Guest Editor

The editors of The Moving Image seek proposals and papers for a special issue focused on the implications for archival research, study, restoration, and preservation as they relate to Early Cinema. “Early Cinema” usually is broadly defined as productions made before around 1915, but might be extended to accommodate cultures where film industries developed later.

We are looking for original contributions from scholars and archivists that might explore these sample subjects:

-Theories of “the archive,” broadly considered, relevant to the early cinema period;

-Histories of specific archives that were established during the early cinema period, with emphases on their significant social, cultural, or political frameworks;

-Critical accounts of larger archives (individual or group) and their relation to early cinema materials, for instance, past and present policies toward acquisition, preservation, cataloguing, and access; accounts of how archives have advanced the field of early cinema study by preserving and disseminating materials, or the opposite;

-Case studies on the cultural life of specific films addressing the role of archival collections in production, distribution, and reception, including remix;

-Essays on the “big picture” of the archival enterprise as it relates to early cinema preservation and study, for instance, digital preservation, the relationship between archives and scholars;

-Experiential accounts of the pleasures and perils of doing archival research on early cinema; Critical essays on contemporary access to early cinema materials outside of the traditional setting, such as online sources, DVD collections, film festivals, and alternative means of distribution; issues of media ecology, such as scholarly access to producer archives.

-The role that evolving technologies have had in preserving these films and disseminating knowledge about them.

-Considerations of the technologies of early cinematic projection and their relationship to archives. How do we preserve, and should we try to reproduce, unique projection and production processes involved in films’ original manufacture and viewing environments?

We are interested in essays that present important new information and/or that take a critical position toward preservation, restoration, and reception. Proposals are welcome for Feature articles (double blind peer reviewed, more scholarly in
nature, and typically 4,000–6,000 words in length with academic citations) and for Forum pieces (less formal, typically 5–10 pages in length).

Queries and proposals (paragraph-long sketches of proposed topics) may be emailed to Tami Williams, tamiw@uwm.edu, at any time.

Review of proposals will begin January 15th. Completed papers will be due by June 6, 2015. This special issue of TMI will appear in Spring 2016.

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