& Media Student Conference


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BCNM was thrilled to support last week’s Film and Media graduate student conference: & Media. The conference ran from September 22nd to the 24th and featured Kristopher Fallon (a former BCNM DE, now at UC Davis!) and Jenny Odell as the keynote speakers. The conference focused on exploring how we understand media/mediums and how that understanding shapes and is shaped by overlapping conceptual frameworks, including (but not limited to) history, memory, place, and politics. Speakers from throughout the UC system gave presentations on subjects ranging from reality, sex and gender and the state. Weihong Bao finished with the closing remarks.

Read what people had to say about the conference below!

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Film & Media Graduate Student Conference, University of California, Berkeley


September 22–24th, 2016
142 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley


Kristopher Fallon, Assistant Professor, University of California, Davis
Jenny Odell, Digital Media Artist


Weihong Bao, Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley


“& Media” –– a label affixed to film organizations, cinema departments, and conferences across the country –– is becoming the center of scholarly inquiry within cinema studies. This reorientation of the discipline has opened up new interdisciplinary approaches from science and technology studies, mass communications, geography, and across the humanities and social sciences. This conference will explore how we understand media/mediums and how that understanding shapes and is shaped by overlapping conceptual frameworks, including history, place, and politics.


As part of the Berkeley Film & Media Seminar, Amy Villarejo, professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, will be giving a related talk entitled “& Mediation: Television’s Partial Visions” on Thursday, September 22, 5:00–7:00pm in 142 Dwinelle Hall. She asks, how does television mediate publics? How, in turn, does television mediate other technologies of publicity and cultural authority? Drawing upon the generative language of the conference call for “& Media,” she examines the consequences of the ampersand for television studies, rejecting ontology (“what is television?”) for what she argues are more occluded and partial views of televisual processes and transformations.


For more information about all events visit: http://berkeleyconference.wixsite.com/andmedia


Sponsored by Townsend Center for the Humanities, Department of Film & Media, Department of German, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Department of Ethnic Studies, and the Berkeley Film & Media Seminar.