Bell-Metereau, Rebecca L | 4 Jan 20:10 2012

CFP: Depiction of history in video games

From: matthew wilhelm kapell <kapellm <at><mailto:kapellm <at>>>

At this time the editors are especially interested in proposals addressing

We are seeking chapters for a new interdisciplinary collection addressing the representation and
depiction of history in video games.
In a 2005 article discussing the simulation of history through video games, William Uricchio observes
that the opportunities for mediation through play pose new and difficult questions about narrative
authority and representation. “What happens”, he asks, “if we push the notion of mediation beyond
language, to the domain of game, enactment, or simulation? Does this allow us to slip out of the
well-critiqued trap of representation? And if so, where does it land us?” As of 2011, his questions
remain unanswered.
Amid a world of SIMs, first-person warfare games, strategy, MMO and MMORPs in which players can influence
the outcome of battles, campaigns, and even entire civilisations, such questions about the means by
which history is delivered to new generations gain increasing importance. When history can be
simulated, recreated, subverted and rewritten on a variety of levels, new questions arise about the
relationship between video games and the history they purport to represent, questions which
traditional historical approaches cannot properly address.
The proposed edited collection thus seeks to examine representations of history through video and
computer games from a multidisciplinary perspective. Our aim is to avoid criticisms of inaccuracy and
betrayal or descriptions of games which purportedly ‘get things wrong’, but to look instead at the
ways in which contemporary players actually can and do engage with the past, and what effect this has on the
period depicted.
Suggested topics may include (but are not limited to):
• The representation of historical battles, wars and campaigns (e.g. Medal of Honor, Call of Duty,
Command & Conquer, Battlefield)
• The role of play in the recreation, retelling and representation of key events in history (e.g. Anno
1404, Anno 1701, Sid Meier’s Colonization)
• The representation of historical personages (Caesar, Napoleon, Victoria, Sun Tzu)
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Bell-Metereau, Rebecca L | 6 Jan 21:03 2012


From: HistoryHumanities <at>


The third international conference on the history of the humanities, "The Making of the Humanities III",
will take place at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome, from 1 till 3 November 2012. See

Goal of the Conference

This is the third of a biennially organized conference that brings together scholars and historians of
humanities disciplines to draw the outlines for a comparative history of the humanities. Although there
exist histories of single humanities disciplines, a comparative history would satisfy a long-felt
need, and fill a conspicuous gap in intellectual history.

Theme of the 2012 Conference

The theme of the meeting in 2012 will be "The Making of the Modern Humanities", focusing on the period
1850-2000. Topics include all aspects of the history of philology, linguistics, literary studies,
musicology, historiography, art history and other humanities disciplines, with an emphasis on their
mutual influences, and their interaction with the other sciences.

Conference Panels

In addition to the theme of this year’s meeting, there will be four general conference panels that cover
all periods, areas and disciplines:

Panel I: Objectivity in the Humanities
Panel II: Methodology in the Humanities
Panel III: The Search for Patterns in the Humanities
Panel IV: The Sciences and the Humanities
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Bell-Metereau, Rebecca L | 6 Jan 23:27 2012

CFP: Modernist Reputations (MSA 14; Oct. 18-21, 2012)

From: Will Scheibel [willscheibel <at>]

*Prospective Conference Panel**

*Modernist Studies Association 14: Modernism & Spectacle, Las Vegas, NV*

*Deadline for submission: Fri., April 6, 2012*

Some of the most historically and theoretically provocative areas of
modernist studies have recently occupied the interrelated areas of
modernism, celebrity, and publicity, challenging the divide between the
high culture of modernism (and the elite reputations of its figures) and
the publicly mediated culture of celebrity (and the consumerist economy
from which modernists claimed to rebel). Following the work of scholars
Justus Nieland in FEELING MODERN (2008), and Jonathan Goldman in MODERNISM
IS THE LITERATURE OF CELEBRITY (2011), this interdisciplinary panel seeks
to explore further the idea of a “modernist reputation” in aspects of art
and literature, as well as media and popular culture.

Apropos of this year’s conference theme, it will also devote special
attention to the ways in which a quotidian or “vernacular” modernism
affectively enables such reputations. As Miriam Hansen argues, modernism
encompasses *“**a whole range of cultural and artistic practices that
register, respond to, and reflect upon processes of modernization and the
experience of modernity, including the paradigmatic transformation of the
conditions under which art is produced, transmitted, and consumed.” What do
particular reputations signify in particular cultural moments and how do
they change over time? What does it mean from an ideological perspective to
have a reputation associated with modernist aesthetics? What are the
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Bell-Metereau, Rebecca L | 9 Jan 21:06 2012

FYI: Millenium Film Journal back issues

From: MIllennium Film Journal [mfj <at>]

New York's Millennium Film Workshop is losing its theatre as of January 15th.

For inventory clearance and fundraising, we are offering back issue sets of the Millennium Film Journal
(Nos. 2-54, 1978-present) at a steep discount.

Grahame Weinbren
Senior Editor
Millennium Film Journal

Bell-Metereau, Rebecca L | 11 Jan 00:33 2012

Re: Launch of the Raymond Williams Catalogue

From: Dana Polan [dana.polan <at>]

Launch of the Raymond Williams Catalogue

The full catalogue of the Raymond Williams Collection, held at the Richard Burton Archives, is now
available online and researchers are welcome to consult the collection.

Raymond Henry Williams (1921-1988) was born in Pandy, Wales. He was a staff tutor of the Oxford University
extra-mural delegacy, and became a lecturer in English at Cambridge University and a fellow of Jesus
College in 1961. He later became the University’s first professor of drama. His writing of both fiction
and non-fiction was significant and wide-ranging. As well as writing extensively about drama and
literature, his work encompassed wider social and political matters. He married Joyce (Joy) Dalling in
1942 and they had three children.

The diversity of his interests are shown in the archive, which includes his published academic works and
novels, articles and reviews, together with unpublished writings, correspondence, personal papers
and many other documents.

The collection was catalogued thanks to support from the Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust,[i] and
joint funding from the College of Arts and Humanities and Information Services and Systems, Swansea University.

For more information about the collection please contact the Richard Burton Archives.

Richard Burton Archives, Information Services and Systems, Swansea University, Singleton Campus,
Swansea, SA2 8PP, UK
archives <at>

[i] Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust –

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Kenneth Nolley | 11 Jan 17:59 2012

Cultographies -- Three New Books Look at Classic Cult Films

Moderator's note:

Columbia University Press is announcing the release of three new books from
Wallflower .

Blade Runner (by Matt Hills)

The Evil Dead (by Kate Egan)

Bring Me the Head of Afredo Garcia (by Ian Cooper


Kenneth Nolley | 11 Jan 18:06 2012

Re: CFP "Constructing Worlds" UC Irvine Visual Studies Graduate Conference

From: H-Net Announcements <announce <at>>

>   Title: *Extended Deadline* CFP "Constructing Worlds" UC Irvine
>      Visual Studies Graduate Conference
>   Location: California
>   Date: 2012-01-16
>   Description: Constructing Worlds: Making and Breaking Order An
>      interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Graduate Program
>      in Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine Date:
>      April 5-6, 2012 Location: Irvine, California Keynote Speaker:
>      Lisa Parks, Professor of Film and Media Studies, University o
>      ...
>   Contact: makingworlds2012 <at>
>   Announcement ID: 191175

Kenneth Nolley | 11 Jan 18:09 2012

Book announcement: Through Amateur Eyes

MODERATOR'S NOTE:  UM is offering a review copy if someone would like to
review the volume for H-Film.  Get in touch if you are interested.  --k

From: Alexandra Sobiech <mktgtwo <at>>

A history of rare archival amateur photographs and films from Nazi Germany

THROUGH AMATEUR EYES: Film and Photography in Nazi Germany
By Francis Guerin
University of Minnesota Press | 368 pages | 2011
ISBN 978-0-8166-7007-9 | paperback | $27.95
ISBN 978-0-8166-7006-2 | cloth | $84.00

Frances Guerin asks how the documentary films and photographs of amateurs,
soldiers, and bystanders shape our memories of World War II and the
Holocaust. Guerin shows how modern uses of these images often reinforce
well-rehearsed narratives of cultural memory, offering a critical
perspective on how we can incorporate such images into processes of
witnessing the traumas of the past in the present.

Frances Guerin is lecturer of film studies at the University of Kent,
England, and Marie Curie Fellow in the Department of Media Studies at Ruhr
University Bochum, Germany. She is the author of A Culture of Light: Cinema
and Technology in 1920s Germany (Minneapolis, 2005) and coeditor with Roger
Hallas of The Image and the Witness: Trauma Memory and Visual Culture.

For more information, including the table of contents, visit the book's
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Kenneth Nolley | 12 Jan 17:04 2012

Query: music performances in film

From: Kyle Frackman <frackman <at>>

Dear Colleagues,

I am a newcomer to this list and have a question about musical
performances/concerts in film.

For a current research project dealing with an East German film, I am
wondering whether there is a theoretical vocabulary for talking about the
phenomenon of displaying such performances.  Is there a method for
categorizing these kinds of musical additions to the narrative?  In the
film I'm currently working on, these performances are usually instances of
characters' attending concerts, so the music is serving a diegetic purpose.

Any suggestions of readings would be welcome.

Best wishes,
Kyle Frackman

Dr. Kyle Frackman
Lecturer and Language Program Coordinator
German and Scandinavian Studies / Herter Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
161 Presidents Dr. / Amherst, MA / 01003-9312
frackman <at>
Tel. +1-413-545-2350 (office)
Fax +1-413-545-6995 (office)

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Kenneth Nolley | 12 Jan 17:27 2012

Fwd: Re: Query: music performances in film

From: "Janet Staiger" <jstaiger <at>>

I don't believe there is a term per se for this, but an excellent book for
you on sound in general is my colleagues' Hearing the Movies:  Music and
Sound in Film History by James Buhler, David Neumeyer, and Rob Deemer.
Janet Staiger

Janet Staiger
William P. Hobby Centennial Professor in Communication and
       Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
Department of Radio-Television-Film (CMA 6.128)
University of Texas at Austin
One University Station A0800
Austin, TX 78712