Medzinárodné vedecké konferencie

Súčasťou práce filmových teoretikov a historikov je vedecký výskum, ktorého výsledky možno nie len publikovať, ale aj naživo prezentovať na vedeckých fórach a priamo tak poskytnúť iným vedcom k pripomienkovaniu a k diskusii. Vedecké konferencie bývajú domáce i medzinárodné s konkrétnou zastrešujúcou témou. Nižšie nájdete dva tzv. Call For Papers – jedna výzva na prihlásenie je od rumunskej univerzity a druhá od výskumného kultúrneho inštitútu v Litve. Nájdete v nich tému, ktorá vás zaujala alebo sa jej už venujete pri písaní ročníkovej/absolventskej práci, profesionálnom vedeckom výskume či umeleckej činnosti? Prihláste sa!


Screening Social and Economic Transformations in East-Central Europe: Film and Television as Writers and Rewriters of post-1989 History

Cluj-Napoca, Babes-Bolyai University, November 10-11, 2023

Abstracts submission deadline: August 15, 2023

Conference dates: November 10-11, 2023

This two-day interdisciplinary event brings together scholars interested in the contribution of cinema and television to the social and economic history of East-Central Europe. In focus are feature films, documentaries and television series made in the region in the twenty-first century. They can be audiovisual texts with an explicit historical ambition and an interest in delivering a social commentary on their present, a commentary that has gained historical value with the passage of time. We expect papers that, in relation to films and television shows, critically explore:

● original historical contributions, impacting topics, and specific modes of representation

● the historical testimony of stylistic choices ● budgets, financing, theatre and platform distribution, marketing, and national and international reception of historical film from the region

● capacity to challenge the metanarratives circulated by more established modes of representing the past

● specific genre conventions, subgenres and genre hybrids (docudramas, tragicomedies, slowburn thrillers)

● contribution to European heritage including issues of peripheral perspectives and self-orientalization

● connections between social history and representations of gender and sexuality

● the influence of commissioning, coproduction, and adaptation for the screen on the poetics of these texts

● the implication of public institutions in their value chain

● the role of awards and festivals in establishing heritage and historicity

● filmmakers and producers’ assumed role of historians and their participation in public dialogue

● specific methods of approaching these texts adapted to small cinemas, minor modes of representation, microhistory, second cinema, etc.

● the exploitation of these texts in secondary and tertiary education, as well as by public institutions.

We expect contributions from scholars with expertise in film and television studies, cultural studies, history, and the social sciences.

The event is is organized by the exploratory research project Screening Social Transformation led by Constantin Parvulescu and hosted by the Janovics Center for Screen and Performing Arts at the Faculty and Theatre and Film at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca. ming-arts-studies.

There is no conference fee. Organizers will provide coffee and snacks, and schedule a social event.

The organizing team plans to publish article versions of the presented papers in a special journal issue or edited collection.

Submit 200-300 word abstracts with a short bio and send queries to both Constantin Parvulescu and Bogdan Popa We look forward to seeing you in Cluj!


International conference: Personal perspective and essayistic form in nonfiction film and art

Abstract/Panel submission deadline: May 21, 2023.

Conference dates: September 22-23, 2023.

Venue: Film and media space “Planeta“, A. Goštauto str. 2, Vilnius

Mode of participation: In person only

Conference language: English


Vilnius Academy of Arts

Lithuanian Culture Research Institute

Vilnius International Documentary Film Festival

Partner: International Network for Small Cinemas



Dr. Laura Rascaroli, Professor, University College Cork

Dr. Audrius Stonys, Documentary Filmmaker and Professor, The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre

With the proliferation of hand-held cameras and professional video cameras, experimental and documentary filmmakers and artists made films about events related to their own experiences and those of people close to them.

The personal perspective and essayistic narrative became a particular favourite of feminist and queer filmmakers and of those who “speak with accent”, as it increased the possibility of self-representation and reflection on identity. According to Jim Lane, autobiographical nonfiction films became a counterpoint to the dominant industrial cinema in terms of “the simplification of the modes of recording, an artisanal form of autobiographical expression” and “the presentation of the autobiographical themes”. (Jim Lane 2002, 13) Thus, personal narratives became a strategic and political tool for exploring the everyday intimate environment and subtly reflection on the social, political, and cultural context around it. The development of new personal and social media in the 21st century has also contributed to the emergence of new forms of digital narratives and gave rise to intimacy in art and visual culture. The personal perspective in art and nonfiction film is often conveyed in essayistic form, which embodies a distinctive thought process that emerges from the loose connections between visual and audio elements. Nora M. Alter describes the essay film as able to produce “complex thought that at times is not grounded in reality but can be contradictory, irrational, and fantastic” and as having a distinctive structure – “transgressive, digressive, playful, controversial and political” (Alter 2002, 7-8). This type of film is often interdisciplinary and transnational, as its makers navigate across disciplines, cultures and countries, and embrace broader social and political issues.

This international conference invites scholars (with expertise in film and art studies, cultural studies, literature, and related fields) as well as visual artists and filmmakers (involved in artistic research and teaching) to share insights and discuss works of art and nonfiction film with a strong "I" perspective and an essayistic narrative (i.e. a loose, fragmented narrative structure, meta-narrative, reflexivity; a strong articulation of the subjective, personal gaze; and a distinctive communicative structure designed to address the viewer).

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

 – national and global movements and prominent authors in avant-garde art and nonfiction films

– connecting the private and the public, the personal and the communal in contemporary video and nonfiction films

– diasporic and migrant stories in avant-garde art, videos, and documentaries

 – articulation of race, gender, sexuality in nonfiction films and art

– transmedia narratives and new digital tools in personal art and nonfiction film

– ethical challenges of personal film and art

Scientific committee:

Chair – Dr. Renata Šukaitytė (Lithuanian Cultural Research Institute)

Members: Dr. Zane Balčus (Latvian Academy of Culture), Dr. Lenuta Giukin (State University of New York at Oswego); Eglė Maceinaitė (Skalvija Cinema Center), Dr. Katarína Mišíková (Academy of Performing Arts, Slovakia), Dr. Rita Repšienė (Lithuanian Cultural Research Institute), Dr. Dagmara Rode (University of Lodz); Dr. Lorant Stohr (University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest), Dr. Aušra Trakšelytė (Vilnius Academy of Art).

The conference proceedings will form the basis for a thematic issue of the academic journal Acta Academiae Artium Vilnensis, published by the Vilnius Academy of Art ([1]academiae-artium-vilnensis).

Submission Guidelines

Please send paper proposals in English (250-300-words) and a short biography (200 words) by May 21, 2023 to conference chair Renata Šukaitytė,

Proposals for pre-constituted panels (consisting of 3 or 4 papers) are also welcomed! For panel proposals provide a title, a 250-300-word panel description and a short biography (200 words) for each participant (chair and presenters). Submit panel proposals by May 21 to Renata Šukaitytė,

Applicants will be notified of acceptance/nonacceptance by May 31, 2023.

There are no conference fees.

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