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Welcome to the official website for the conference: ‘New Approaches to Silent Film Historiography: Technology, Spectatorship and the Archive’. Registration is now open (see links below).

Location: Phil Taylor Cinema, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT
Dates: 18th-19th September 2018
Keynote Speakers:
Dr Lawrence Napper (King’s College London)
Kieron Webb (British Film Institute)

**Registration Links**

Day 1: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-approaches-to-silent-film-historiography-conference-day-1-tickets-49379254680

Day 2: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/new-approaches-to-silent-film-historiography-conference-day-2-tickets-49379710042

Description: This conference will analyse the impact of recent technological and institutional developments on the study, experience, and restoration of silent films and discuss sustainable ways forward.

18th September (Day One)

09.00-09.30 – Welcome and Registration

09.30-10.45 – Panel 1: Archives and Restoration

Fumiko Tsuneishi (Filmarchiv Austria). Title: ‘Restoring The City without Jews’. Clément Lafite (Independent Film Archivist). Title: ‘Âmes de Fous: An Attempt to Resuscitate Fragments of a Lost Film’.
Enrique Fibla-Guiterrez (Catalan Film Archive). Title: ‘Out of the Home! Rethinking Silent Film Historiography through Amateur Cinema’.

10.45-11.00 – Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 – Panel 2: Silent Film and Aesthetics

Gillian Anderson (Conductor and Musicologist). Title: ‘The Missing 50% – the Music for Rosita (Lubitsch, 1923)’.
Laurence Carr (University of Leeds). Title: ‘Metropolis’ Filmic Restoration and Subsequent Debasement: An Exploration of Sound in Fritz Lang and Giorgio Moroder’s Versions of the Film’.
Liz Watkins (University of Leeds). Title: ‘Re(con)figuring the Cinematic Subject: Film Materials, Exhibition Spaces and the Shifting Contexts of Spectatorship’.
Irfan Shah (Independent Writer and Curator). Title: ‘Learning to See a Bridge’.

12.30-13.30 – Lunch

13.30-15.00 – Panel 3: Silent Film Exhibition

Peter Walsh (South West Silents). Title: ‘The Exhibition of Silent Film is the Performance of Film History’.
Richard Brown (Independent Writer). Title: ‘Theatrical Presentation and Distribution of Silent and Early Sound Film’.
Mario Slugan (Ghent University). Title:Reviving the Early Cinema Lecturer Experience for Contemporary Audiences’.
Chris Grosvenor (University of Exeter). Title: ‘The Dream that Kickstarts: Kickstarting Silent Film Restorations and Participatory Fan Culture’.

15.00-15.15 – Coffee Break

15.15-16.30 Panel 4: Keynote

Kieron Webb (British Film Institute). Title: ‘The Open Road to the Pleasure Garden: Silent Film Restoration in the Digital Intermediate Age’.

19.00 – Conference Meal (Speakers RSVP via conference email/Others RSVP via conference registration form)

19th September (Day Two)

09.00-09.30 – Welcome and Registration

09.30-10.45 – Panel 5: Keynote

Lawrence Napper (King’s College London). Title: ‘History, lies and the digital archive’.

10.45-11.00 – Coffee Break

11.00-12.30 – Panel 6: Silent Film and Women

Jennifer Voss (De Montfort University). Title: ‘Fairy-tales, Film Stars, and Fragmented Histories: Using the Archive to Uncover Women’s Experiences in Early Hollywood’.
Lies Lanckman (University of Kent). Title: ‘“All Those Silent Flickers!”: Investigating Lost Films in the Fan Magazines’.
Agata Frymus (Ghent University). Title: ‘Researching Black Women and Cinemagoing in Harlem, 1909-1929’
Lucy Moyse Ferreira (Central Saint Martins). Title: ‘Forgotten Fashion in the Silent Film Archive: Sonia Delaunay’s c.1927 Film Debut’.

12.30-12.45 – Coffee Break

12.45-14.15 – “Audiovisual Heritage Meeting” Roundtable: Public Policy, Digitalisation and Research in Film Heritage.

Kieron Webb (Film Conservation Manager, British Film Institute)
Toni Booth (Associate Curator of Film, National Science and Media Museum)
Simon Popple (Senior Lecturer in Photography and Digital Culture, University of Leeds)

14.15-15.15 – Lunch

15.15 – Conference Close

 

FREE TO ATTEND
SMALL PGR TRAVEL BURSARIES AVAILABLE (LIMITED NUMBER)

Useful Links:
• Our 2018 silent film conference website: https://silentfilmhist2018.wordpress.com

• The 2017 Audiovisual Heritage Meeting website, containing the names and project titles of all speakers: http://media.leeds.ac.uk/events/audiovisual-heritage-and-academic-research-at-the-university-of-leeds/

The event is a collaboration between the University of Leeds’ School of Languages, Cultures, and Societies, the Universities of York and Sheffield, and the Audiovisual Heritage Meeting. The conference is generously funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities.

Organisers: Laurence Carr, Dr Luca Antoniazzi, Dr Agata Frymus and Daniel Clarke.

 

 

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