[Filmfestivalresearch] Fwd: [CCA-LIST] CFP: Activist Media Archives: De/Materializing Bodies, 1-Day Symposium Nov 12

ger zielinski, ph.d. ger.zielinski at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 00:07:52 CEST 2016

For those working on archives and activism...

*Please circulate widely*

*Activist Media Archives: De/Materializing Bodies*
A 1-day Symposium November 12, 2016

The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought at Ryerson University,
Toronto, is seeking abstracts and proposals for its November 12 2016
day-long symposium on the media activist archive. *Deadline for submission
of abstracts & proposals is September 9 2016.*

“Activist Media Archives: De/Materializing Bodies” will bring together
artistic, scholarly, and activist communities to discuss the archive across
3 intersecting streams: national media archives, Indigenous media archives,
and feminist/queer/LGBT media archives, to interrogate the affective
relationship between materiality, archives, and Canadian cultural practice.

Within Canada, much archival material documenting the voices of
marginalized groups is dematerial(iz-ed/ing); we hope to
consider both why this is occurring and how we can create/have created new
archival practices to reincorporate lost records, voices, affects and
bodies. What does the way we engage with conventional national archives,
ostensibly records of a perceived national identity, contribute to
colonizing practices? At the intersection of preservation, neo-liberal
regimes, and (new) materialism, this will be a space to explore how and why
the works of instigators of social change (activists and artists) are often
unpreserved. It will also be an
opportunity to explore affective and ephemeral archives, and the
possibilities for new forms of media activist archivization across both
digital and analogue platforms.

This conference is open to both scholarly and artistic presentations (or a
combination of both): please indicate this, as well as the appropriate
stream, in your proposal. Presentations should propose to be no longer than
20 minutes, although in some instances a longer artistic presentation or
performance could be facilitated.

Graduate papers will be considered for publication in the inaugural issue
of a forthcoming online graduate journal on social justice media, Spring

*Possible topics for papers include but are not limited to:*
-Official and unofficial archives and histories of LGBT2S, disability,
anti-poverty, feminist, Indigenous and racialized media activism. This
could include: video, radio, digital media,photography & social media.
-The praxis of scholarly archival research, particularly in relation to to
activist media, or to activist scholarship.
-Considerations of the changing function of the media activist archive in
the digital realm.
-The relation of digital and/or analog archives to national feeling.
-Best practices on collection and preservation of Indigenous, feminist &
LGBTQ2S, disability, anti-poverty, racialized media activist archives.
-Media art practices foregrounding critical engagement with theories and
practices of the archive.
-Media archive as site of both memorialization and loss.
-Accounts, stories, theorization by Indigenous scholars/artists regarding
the media archive in relation to memory, trauma, oral histories,
-Collaborations and other initiatives that transform unofficial and
incomplete analog archives into socially share-able art installations,
exhibitions, and digital initiatives.

*Abstracts and proposals should be no longer than 400 words.Please send,
along with a short bio to: thestudioformediaactivism at gmail.com
<thestudioformediaactivism at gmail.com>*

Dr. Marusya Bociurkiw

B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Media Theory
Director,* The Studio for Media Activism and Critical Thought
RTA School of Media
Ryerson University, 350 Victoria St., Toronto M5B 2K3
416-979-5000 x7447
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