January 27, 2008
C3-Related Presentations at SCMS Conference

For those of you on the academic side of the aisle among the C3 blog readership, I thought you might be interested to know that there will be a variety of C3 staff and consulting researchers presenting at this year's conference for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, which will take place March 06-March 09 in Philadelphia, Penn. I was looking through the program of events and marking the times that members of the Consortium's official community would be speaking, and I thought I might share that information with others as well. (Thanks to Julie Levin Russo for the idea.)

SCMS is probably the one academic conference that draws the most C3-affiliated folks together, as well as many other academics who are interested in many of the same types of research as the Consortium. In a subsequent post, I may include some of the other presentations that caught my eye. Here, however, are the panels at SCMS which involve those affiliated with the Consortium.

Looks like I'm on the front-line, speaking on a panel called "Matters of Narrative" from noon until 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, presenting on the concepts I have written about some on this blog (See here and here, with a summary here.), with my presentation entitled "Understanding Vast Narratives and Immersive Story Worlds." Later on Thursday, from 4 p.m. until 5:45 p.m., C3 Consulting Researcher Kevin Sandler from the University of Arizona will be making a presentation entitled "Bond in Bondage: Ratings Creep, Violence, and Casino Royale," on a panel called "Architectures of the Industry: Behind the Moving Image" and chaired by University of Southern California's Miranda Banks who I had the pleasure of meeting at a conference last year. Miranda is discussing labor and Hollywood in relation to the writers strike.

On Friday, C3 Director Henry Jenkins is participating in a a panel from 3:15 p.m. until 5 p.m. entitled "Television as a Cultural Center: The Future of the Public Sphere," with a presentation entitled "The Public Sphere in a 'Hybrid Media Ecology': YouTube, Network Television, and Presidential Politics." Then, from 5:15 p.m. until 7 p.m., C3 Consulting Researcher Jason Mittell of Middlebury College is participating on a panel entitled "Paratextual Architectures and the Shifting Boundaries of Television," where he will make a presentation entitled "Architectures of Participation: Wiki Fandom and the Case of LostPedia." The panel is chaired by Jonathan Gray of Fordham University, who spoke at our Futures of Entertainment 2 conference, and also includes Louisa Stein from San Diego State University, who I am scheduled to participate in a workshop with at Console-ing Passions this year, and friend Kristina Busse.

Saturday is a full day for Consortium members. Early in the morning, from 8 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., there are two Consortium affiliates speaking at the same time, but unfortunately on different panels. C3 Research Manager Joshua Green will be participating in a panel called "Republic of Users," in which he will be making a presentation entitled "The People Former Known As: What Happens to the Audience When We're All 'Users'?" Meanwhile, C3 Consulting Researcher Ted Hovet, from Western Kentucky University, will be making a presentation called "Framing Motion: Early Cinema's Conservative Methods of Display," as part of a panel entitled "Early Cinema History." From noon until 1:45 p.m., C3 Consulting Researcher Jason Mittell will also be participating in a workshop entitled "Scholarly Writing in the Digital Age," organized by Avi Santo from Old Dominion University and Kathleen Fitzpatrick from Pomona College. And on Saturday evening, from 4 p.m. until 5:45 p.m., C3 Principal Investigator William Uricchio will be chairing a workshop on "The Future of Television Studies" including the likes of Michele Hilmes, William Boddy, Anna Everett, Roberta Pearson, and Marie Messenger Davies.

Finally, on Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., C3 Consulting Researcher Aswin Punathambekar from the University of Michigan will be chairing a panel called "The Business of the Web," in which he will make the presentation "Location Matters: Spatial Logics of Bollywood-Dotcom Convergence."

The greater C3 community looks to be participating in a diverse range of conversations this year, and hope some of the blog's readers who plan to attend the conference found this list useful. Look forward to being in Philadelphia for many of these panels. If you have any questions or thoughts, contact me at samford@mit.edu, as comments are still down at the moment.