Friday, 31 October 2008

CFP: Screen Sounds Conference 2009 (KCL)

14 APRIL 2009

Papers are invited on any aspect of sound in French cinema. Since the 1980s, the study of sound has been opened up by scholars including Michel Chion (1994, 1999), Rick Altman (1980), Claudia Gorbman (1987), and Caryl Flinn (1992, 2004), who have explored aspects of sound in film from the voice and soundtrack to music. Such studies have been influential in shifting the emphasis in film studies away from the purely visual, and towards the conceptualisation of film ‘viewing’ as a multi-sensory experience. The study of sound can help our understanding of a wide range of issues in film studies, including questions of identity, performance, film form and the relation between the visual and the aural.

Topics may include (but are not limited to):
· Music and film
· Sound in the silent cinema
· The transition to sound cinema
· Soundtrack
· Dialogue
· The voice

Papers must be submitted in written form by 15 March 2009 for pre-circulation to delegates. Participants will be invited to speak for 10 minutes, highlighting the key points of their paper and indicating areas for discussion. Proposals of 200-300 words should be submitted by December 31 to Sarah Leahy ( ).

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