CfP zur NECS Conference 2015 in Łódź | Deadline: 31.01.2015

Der Call for Papers zur Jahrestagung des European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS) ist jetzt online. Die Konferenz findet vom 18. bis 20. Juni 2015 in Łódź (PL) unter dem Motto „Archives of/for the Future“ statt. Angeschlossen sind zudem mehrere Workshops, u.a. zum Thema „Fictional Technologies & Technologies of Fiction“. Weite Infos im untenstehenden Call und unter

Hosted by the University of Łódź (Poland)
Organized by the University of Łódź and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities SWPS in Warsaw

Deadline: 31 January 2015

In recent decades the figure of archive has been extensively employed in various fields of academic reflection. Moreover, since the introduction of accelerated digitalisation, the practice of archiving has strongly influenced modes of academic work and cultural activities. In order to reflect on the challenges and possibilities of this multifaceted notion we are interested in proposals which would deliberate on various aesthetic, philosophical, social, technological, methodological and practical aspects of archives in the era of digitalisation. Scholars from all areas of cinema, media and cultural studies (including radio, television, new media, game studies etc.), whether already members of NECS or new to the network (a valid membership is required, see also:, are invited to submit proposals for contributions.

Submissions may include but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

  • Open archives, open research
  • the ideology of open access
  • the rise of digital archives and overall opening up of institutions from the heritage sector
  • digitalisation and restoration
  • Big Data-driven historiography and computational turn
  • the politics of archiving
  • data storage and information management

Art in praxis

  • the uses of archives in contemporary art, film and television (found footage, piracy, remixing)
  • material and temporal aspects of a work of art
  • new media art, its production, reproduction, preservation and destruction

Social practices

  • social histories of recording, collecting and sharing
  • the futility and abundance of data in modernity
  • everyday (social) media and questions of sustainability
  • economics of archives

Archives of popular culture

  • new theoretical and methodological approaches to archives of popular culture
  • popular culture as an archive
  • Technology
  • technologies of inscription and their histories
  • media archaeology and the obsolescence of its objects
  • technological determinism and media convergence

Philosophical premises and promises

  • material and discursive conditions of writing history
  • memory of discursive formations
  • archiving as working for the future
  • nostalgia, melancholia and the modern experience of loss

All speakers are required to provide a title, an abstract of max. 150 words, 3-5 key bibliographical references and keywords, name of the speaker and short bio (max. 100 words).

We support the submission of pre-constituted panel proposals in order to strengthen the thematic coherence of individual panels. We would like to strongly encourage members of the NECS workgroups to put together a pre-constituted panel but we also welcome submissions from academic project teams, museums, galleries and other institutions wishing to share their experience in the area of archives of/for the future. Panels may consist of 3-4 speakers from at least two different academic affiliations and preferably from two or more different countries with a maximum of 20 minutes speaking time each. Panel organisers are asked to submit panel proposals including a panel title, a short description (up to 100 words) of the panel and information on all the papers, as listed above.

Further information:



The NECS Graduate Workshop has been designed to give scholars at the beginning of their career a platform for networking with established European film and media scholars. The 13th NECS Graduate Workshop in Łódź is dedicated to the topic of Fictional Technologies & Technologies of Fiction. You will find the CFP online at: . Please send your submission with an abstract (max. 200 words) and a short bio (max. 150 words) to Alex Casper Cline and Karol Jóźwiak:


A workshop on the history of transmediality in modern popular culture will be held in reference to the meeting’s sub-theme “The archive of popular culture”. It will focus on the exploration of cross-media business synergies in the entertainment industry and the history of media convergence in the popular culture covering the 19th and the first half of the 20th century; you will find the CFP online at: