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Image 2.0: Digital Media Futures

Date posted: 16/02/2009

This conference will be held at University College Falmouth, Tremough Campus, Falmouth, Cornwall
September 10-11 September 2009


Proposal (250-500 words) deadline extended to: 14 April 2009

This interdisciplinary conference aims to examine intersections between digital technologies and visual media. Organised by Falmouth’s School of Media, the conference will provide a space for debate on the present state and the future of visual media as they enter a new stage of development, where established boundaries between disciplines and practices, as well as between producers and consumers, are dissolving.
They invite both traditional academic research papers and practice-based presentations to promote cooperation and exchange of experience between scholars and media practitioners. The fields and disciplines that the conference will focus on include film studies, photography, web design, advertising and digital animation. Other academic or creative fields will be considered insofar as the exploration of their modes of practice refers to (or relies on) digital technologies.

Call for papers
They invite established scholars, emerging researchers and graduate students to present papers on a wide variety of topics but are particularly interested in theoretical and practice-based approaches to the following:

  • Textual/genre analysis (how digital media affects visual storytelling in film, photography and animation genres);
  • Distribution/production/exhibition of creative visual work in the global (or national) context (Internet film exhibition, web publishing, accessibility, interactivity, new forms of leisure and media consumption. Media 2.0, Web 2.0);
  • Representations (digitally based minority creative groups and subcultures, digital media  in relation to gender, sexuality, race, immigration, and visibility within the dominant culture);
  • The changing nature of the moving image (reception and audiences of digitally based film and animation, YouTube, MySpace, video streaming, digital archiving);
  • Art vs. commerce (the blurring distinction between the two, photography and creative advertising);
  • Learning and Teaching (digitally based research and methodologies for analysing visual media, blogging, digital archives);
  • Alternative cinema (digital technologies and their impact on producing animation, documentary, pornography, experimental films, music videos, etc.);
  • Legal and ethical aspects of digitally based visual media (control, censorship, pressure groups, copyrights).

Submission guidelines (paper proposals)
Please email the title of your proposed presentation and 250-500 word abstract with a 100 word biographical statement. Please note that long CVs will be rejected. All proposals must be included in the body of a single email.


Call for creative work
As a part of the event, they intend to put up an exhibition of digital photography and illustration, as well as a space with facilities for streaming videos. Therefore, they encourage entries of photographic, illustration, poster, and film work from media practitioners, artists, graduate and undergraduate students. Any piece of original work is invited as long as the images and films are digitally based. Those submitting will be fully responsible for any copyright clearance related to their work (including music).

Deadline for creative work
1 May 2009

For more information please contact Contact: Anna Misiak, Jason Whittaker, and Mark Douglas at