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The Wild Eye: Experimental Film Studies

Date posted: 03/07/2007

The symposium will be held at the Faculty of Humanities, De Montfort University, Leicester in 2008.

In order to break what Robert B. Ray defines as the 'path dependency' of contemporary film studies, radically new or reinvented forms of writing are urgently required. In the words of Bela Balazs 'it will be an inspiring theory that will fire the imagination of future seekers for new worlds and creators of new arts'.

Proposals are thus invited for a new edited collection and a one-day symposium intended to promote experimental approaches to the analysis of film. Contributions are particularly welcome from individuals or groups outside of academia. The collection will be unapologetically fragmentary.

Aiming to offer a modern poetics of cinema, the collection seeks to embrace the widest possible range of unconventional techniques.

Contributors are therefore invited to cast off the straight-jacket of contemporary film writing by drawing on such investigatory approaches as:

  • Surrealist techniques (e.g. irrational enlargements)
  • 'Cinematic' writing
  • Autobiography
  • Creative non-fiction
  • 'Occult' applications
  • Fan writing

Send 250 word proposals for texts of between 1000 - 10,000 words to either:

Mark Goodall 
I.Q. Hunter