Deadline Extended: CFP: #CinemaIsDead – New Ways of Showing, Watching and Telling

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Call for Papers
December 9, 2016
Ireland {Republic}
Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Communication, Cultural History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Film and Film History

CFP: #CinemaIsDead – New Ways of Showing, Watching and Telling. 

The 3rd International Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Conference University College Cork, Cork, Ireland 

1819 May 2017 


Keynote speakers: 

Professor Rod Stoneman, National University of Ireland, Galway 

Dr. Virginia Crisp, King's College London 


Deadline for submission of abstracts: 9 December 2016 




“Thirty-five years of silent cinema is gone, no one looks at it anymore. This will happen to the rest of Cinema. Cinema is dead.” (Greenway, 2007) 


Is cinema dying, is it dead, or is it just different? 


We have been listening to a century-long death knell and declarations about the end of cinema for decades. A more astute question might be, “what even is cinema anymore?” Critics are filling up the internet-scape and academic journals, lambasting (or defending) the constant modification of a form of visual media that arguably looks entirely unrecognisable today in comparison to its original debut in the 1890s.  


The tools are changing, the speed is changing, the media is changing, everyone can do it, anyone can watch it, and even the message is changing with a changing society. Bearing this in mind, is cinema truly dead or, perhaps, “more alive than ever, more multi-faceted, more abundant, more omnipresent than it has ever been” (Dubois, 2010)? 


We are excited to host the 3rd Alphaville Conference in May 2017, exploring these essential questions about the fundamental nature and current state of this billion-dollar industry. 


In addition to papers, and in keeping with the conference theme of new forms, we also invite different forms of presentation including, for example, video essays. 


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:         


  • The role of film and screen media in the 21st century 

  • New departures in production / funding / distribution / exhibition  

  • Cinephilia in the digital age     

  • Accessible cinema and the role of the filmmaker 

  • Democracy of filmmaking: YouTube, Periscope, Facebook live etc. 

  • Remakes and Discrepancies 

  • Movements in contemporary national cinemas 

  • Convergence and Intermedia: new methods of storytelling via transmedia, multimedia and interactive media 

  • Rebranding TV and Cinema: Netflix & Co. 

  • Online festivals, community festivals 

  • Ecologies of film 

  • Sustainability and the cinema of small nations 

  • Film versus digital media changing the process of filmmaking and audiovisual aesthetics? 

  • Empowered minorities: Social cinema, citizen journalism and video as a tool of protest  

  • Video on-demand and piracy: the decline of movie going?  

  • Haptic cinema: From 2D to 8D and beyond 

  • Social implications of on-demand culture 

  • Hashtags, New Media, Vlogs, Live / Life Streaming                 

  • Developments in contemporary animation 

  • Cinema in the Anthropocene  

  • New perspectives: Use of drone and GoPro cameras / footage 


Pre-formed panels (of 3 or 4 people) will also be considered. 

Potential contributors are invited to submit a 250300 word abstract, 3–5 keywords and a short biographical note by 9 December 2016 to 


Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media Conference:  


Film and Screen Media at University College Cork: