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I’ve just posted a CFP for a panel for the 2006 meeting of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies to the SCMS bulletin board. Despite the group’s name change (from Society for Cinema Studies), there’s still a paucity of work on digital media at the conferences, to the extent that, at the 2004 conference, I was joking about printing up t-shirts with this logo:


All very amusing. Rather than continue in my usual role of joking and whining, however, I’ve decided to take things into my own hands. I’m proposing the following panel, and am seeking super-interesting abstracts. If you want to propose something, email me. Deadline for submissions is August 15.

Database/Narrative: The Forms of Digital Media

Critics including Friedrich Kittler and Lev Manovich have posited, in so-called “new media,” the replacement of narrative by the database; other theorists and practitioners, including Marsha Kinder’s Labyrinth Project, have imagined the future of media as developing precisely in the nexus of narrative and the database. This panel will explore, across multiple media forms, the intersections and divergences of narrative and the database in the contemporary media ecology. Papers might address a range of topics, such as recent experiments in documentary production, the role of narrative in digital gaming, or the structures of such forms of social software as wikis and blogs. Such an exploration might help bridge the apparent gap between traditional narrative forms such as film and more recent technologies such as the Internet, creating a useful dialogue between “cinema” and “new media.”

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