Over the last two days, I organised the ‘Research methods in film studies‘ conference in Ghent, together with my lovely colleagues from the ECREA Film Studies Section management team Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon) and Sergio Villanueva Baselga (University of Barcelona). The conference welcomed 99 delegates from all over Europe and beyond, resulting in 63 presentations and three keynote talks: Barbara Flueckiger (Zurich University) opened the conference with an impressive overview of how she has applied digital tools for the analysis of historical film colors, Catherine Grant (Birkbeck, University of London) made a convinving plea for ‘playing’ with editing tools as a method to acquire aesthetic insights into films, and Richard Dyer (King’s College London) closed the conference with an outstanding talk on textual analysis (i.e. ‘making sense of films) and serial killing. It were two very intense, but also very rewarding days. A big thank you to everyone who made this conference possible!
Last week, I attended the ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) conference in Lugano. At the previous ECREA conference, Eduard Cuelenaere presented our research project (together with Stijn Joye) on Dutch-Flemish film remakes for the first time. Now, two years later, it’s very nice to hear Eduard presenting on this subject again, and to see how the project has evolved in very exciting directions and how the project seems to play an important role in the current upswing in remake studies (see, e.g., this workshop on methods in remake studies in Berlin to which Eduard and the project were invited).
At the conference, I was also elected as chair of the ECREA Film Studies Section. I’m happy to continue my work as chair for another two years, together with the two other chairs, Mariana Liz (University of Lisbon) and Sergio Villanueva Baselga (University of Barcelona). More information on our planned activities will follow soon. A big thank you to Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork), who’s stepping down after six years of much appreciated work for the Film Studies section!
Today was the first day of the conference Multivoicedness in European Cinema, which I’m organizing together with my colleagues Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork), Sergio Villanueva Baselga (Universitat de Barcelona), and Anders Marklund (University of Lund) (the management team of the ECREA Film Studies section). The two-day conference is taking place in Cork and started with a though provoking keynote by Ewa Mazierska, after which I attended two great panels about women on and behind the screen. The first day was finished by a screening of Pat Collins’s 2012 film Silence. I’m curious what tomorrow will bring, with a.o. a keynote by Chris Wahl and a presentation by Eduard Cuelenaere on our Dutch-Flemish remakes research … More information on the programme etc. can be found here.
Since a few years, I’ve been following a remarkable film production trend in the Low Countries with special attention: the practice of popular Dutch films being remade in the same language in Flanders, and vice versa. After having reflected informally about this – from an international viewpoint highly exceptional – phenomenon of remaking films within a same language region of barely 23 million speakers with my colleague Stijn Joye, we wrote a research project proposal to critically investigate this emerging trend. We were very happy to obtain funding from the Research Foundation Flanders, and since 1 September, Eduard Cuelenaere works as a PhD candidate on this project, which aims to scrutinize the various cultural and economic dynamics and dimensions involved in the Flemish-Dutch remake phenomenon. I’m looking forward to work more intensively on this project in the coming years…
Last week, Eduard presented this research project for the first time, at the ECREA (European Communication Research and Education Association) conference in Prague. At that same conference, I was elected as chair of the Film Studies section (after having served four years as Young Scholars Representative of the Film Studies section). Together with the two other chairs, Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork) and Sergio Villanueva Baselga (University of Barcelona), I will do my best to increase the significance of film studies within a media and communication research context, and to organize a conference in Cork in 2017! A big thank you to the chairs who are stepping down, Helle Kannik Haastrup and Anders Marklund, for all their hard work in the last years!