April 24, 2020, 3:30 PM CDT —
April 25, 2020, 9:00 PM CDT

Reva and David Logan

Center for the Arts,

915 E 60th St, Chicago, IL

60637, USA

a conference about

The cinematic has never been confined to “the cinema”: throughout film history, spectatorship has taken place across a multitude of sites. From home movies projected on living room walls, to vaudeville recordings shown in prisons, to all-Black westerns that played in segregated theaters — cinema has always been a vexed site, the experience of which has been predicated on the subjectivities of spectators and the nature of the spaces they inhabit.

This conference celebrates increasing scholarship that seeks to create a more kaleidoscopic view of where cinema can be found and who its spectators are. Nowhere is this more true than in the shifting configurations we see today, including streaming services, mobile viewing, alternative approaches to exhibition, and more. “Site/Seeing” puts the diverse histories of cinematic spectatorship in conversation with the present and possible futures. 

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Photo by Alexandra Friendly Photography

KEYNOTE
 
Alison
Griffiths, PhD
CUNY Distinguished Professor of Film and Media Studies, Baruch College

Dr. Alison Griffiths (PhD, NYU; MA, University of London) is CUNY Distinguished Professor of Film and Media Studies at Baruch College and an internationally recognized scholar of film, media, and visual studies. Her research crosses the fields of film studies, nineteenth century visual culture, and medieval visual studies and examines cinema’s relationship to and experience in non-traditional spaces of media consumption. Griffiths is the author of three monographs and over 35 journal articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, Carceral Fantasies: Cinema and Prisons in Early Twentieth Century America (Columbia, 2016), examines how cinema gained a foothold in American penitentiaries as well as the range of early images of inmates that fed the carceral imagination.

Reva and David Logan
Center for the Arts
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Chicago

Department of Cinema

& Media Studies

University of Chicago

Department of English 
Language and Literature

University of Chicago

Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations

University of Chicago

Department of Anthropology

JENISHA BORAH

Jenisha Borah is a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include intersections of cinema and the city, informal economies, and film spectatorship.

ASHLEY TRUEHART

Ashley Truehart is a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include the specter of the Hollywood Production Code over present-day representations of race, and manifestations of Black liberation ideologies through media.

MAGGIE SIVIT

Maggie Sivit is a PhD student in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include critical theory, documentary and archival studies, and Cuban cinema.

 
 
 
 
FRIDAY 4/24/20
Unless otherwise noted, events take place at:
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th St
Chicago, IL 60637
3:30 PM
Land acknowledgement
Conference organizers' welcome
Location: Logan Room 201
4:00 PM
Opening remarks
Location: Logan 201
4:30 PM
Keynote Address
CUNY Distinguished Professor Alison Griffiths
More information forthcoming
Location: Logan 201
6:00 PM
Screening 
"Six Durations of a Split Second: The Killing of Harith Augustus" (2019)
Followed by a conversation with Maira Khwaja and Trina Reynolds-Tyler of the Invisible Institute
Location: The Experimental Station
6100 S. Blackstone Ave.
SATURDAY 4/25/20
9:00 AM
Check-in / breakfast
Location: Outside Logan 201
9:30 AM
11:15 AM
PANEL 1
More information forthcoming
1:00 PM
PANEL 2
More information forthcoming
Lunch
Location: Logan 801
2:00 PM
PANEL 3
More information forthcoming
3:45 PM
PANEL 4
More information forthcoming
5:30 PM
Faculty roundtable
7:00 PM
Closing reception (Logan 801)
8:00 PM
Reception
Location TBD

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