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Emergency and Emergence
USC Cinema & Media Studies Graduate Conference
In Cooperation with USC Interdivisional Media Arts & Practice PhD Program
Los Angeles, CA
October 18-20, 2018

All events will take place in the SCI building of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts complex.

For all three days of the conference, materials will be exhibited in the SCI Lobby.

Download program here.


DAY ONE — Thursday, October 18th
Media Arts and Practice Workshops and Opening Night Artist’s Talk

Registration: 3pm // SCI Lobby

Workshops: 3:30pm – 5:45pm // SCI L104, L106, L114
A Torch in the Firewall: VFX, Infection, and Affect in a Co-Created Superhero Storyworld Alison Humphrey (PhD Student, Cinema and Media Studies, York University) Room TBA
Winterhorn Jason Morningstar (Designer, Bully Pulpit Games) Room TBA
Photogrammetry Noa Kaplan (PhD Student, Media Arts and Practice, University of Southern California) Room TBA

For more information and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Coffee & Refreshments: 5:30pm – 6pm // SCI Lobby

Patrick Staff Artist’s Talk: 6pm – 7:50pm // SCI 106
To Nurture and Pollute Patrick Staff (Artist Based in London, UK and Los Angeles, CA)

Opening Reception: 8pm – 9pm // SCI Lobby
Drinks & light refreshment served


DAY TWO — Friday, October 19th
Panel Conversations, Interactive Exhibitions, and Plenary and Keynote Addresses

Registration: 9am – 10am // SCI Lobby
Coffee & light breakfast served

Panel 1: “Emergent Techniques, Emergent Technics”: 10am – 11:50am // SCI 108
“A Going Concern”: MoviePass and Disruption as Danger in the Entertainment Industry Charlotte Orzel & Miguel Penabella, University of California, Santa Barbara
The (Live) Cinema of Nostalgia Emma St. Lawrence, University of Southern California
Under Her Eye: Digital Drag, Facial Mis-Recognition, and the Obfuscation of Realness Harris Kornstein, New York University
Aesthetic Knowledge Generation in Machine Learning Catherine Griffiths, University of Southern California
Respondent: Dr. Anirban Kapil Baishya, University of Southern California
Plenary Address: 12pm – 12:50pm // SCI 106
Gender/Sexuality and the Structure of Art (History) Dr. Amelia Jones, University of Southern California
Lunch & Interactive Exhibits: 1pm – 1:50pm // SCI Lobby
Virtual Bodies and Their Implications on the Sense of Agency Lisa Müller-Trede, University of Southern California
Advocating for Multi-Layered Archival in a Time of (Tech) Emergence and (Cultural) Emergency Ioana Mischie, Visiting Fulbright Scholar, University of Southern California
Panel 2: “Emergency Conditions: Resistance and Resistant Media”: 2pm – 3:50pm // SCI 108
Making a Film Which is Not a Film: Jafar Panahi’s This is Not a Film (2011) Mazyar Mahdavifar, Chapman University
Civil Spectatorship: A Question About the Racialized “Noncitizen” Daniel Carnie, University of California, Irvine
Blood is Sweeter Than Honey: Ulterior Modernisms and Ambiguous Utopias in Bernard Rose’s Candyman Annette LePique, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Film Introduction William Russell, University of Southern California
Respondent: Dr. Priya Jaikumar, University of Southern California
Panel 3: “Emergency as Structure, and Alternatives to Emergency”: 4pm – 5:50pm // SCI 108
Immersion, Not Emergency: Images of Work in the Documentary Turn Dylan Howell, University of Southern California
Protest Art and Structures of Participation at Mass Marches Charlie Furman, University of Southern California
Of Files and Films: Bureaucratic Film Practice during Emergency in India Ritika Kaushik, University of Chicago
Respondent: Dr. Aniko Imre, University of Southern California
Keynote Address & Q&A: 6pm – 8pm // SCI 106
Reframing the “Arab Spring” Dr. Laila Shereen Sakr, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dinner and Reception: 8pm – 9pm // SCI Lobby
Dinner served; interactive exhibits will be on display into the evening


DAY THREE — Saturday, October 20th
Panel Conversations, Faculty Roundtable, and Closing Night Screening

Registration: 9am – 10am // SCI Lobby
Coffee & light breakfast served

Panel 4: “The Emergence of Activism: Past and Present Protest”: 10am – 11:50am // SCI 108
Crisis Management: Hong Kong Exile and the Transnational Conditions of Language and Visual Activisms Ellie Tse, University of California, Los Angeles
Mexico’s “Cry” for Justice: El Grito (1968-70) and Cinema as Protest Gaurav Pai, University of Washington
The Affective Politics of Emergency: New Hollywood, Vigilantism and the Crises of the 1970s Till Kadritzke, Freie Universität Berlin
Emergency in Barrie Kosky’s Le Grand Macabre Dr. Charlotte Farrell, City University New York
Respondent: Dr. Susana Ruiz, University of California, Santa Cruz

Lunch: 12pm – 1pm // SCI Lobby

Panel 5: “Emerging Geographies: Imaging and Imagining Physical Space”: 1pm – 2:50pm // SCI 108
Blessed Be America, A Nation Reborn: The Purge in the Civic Imagination Emily Rauber-Rodriguez, University of Southern California
End Games for Lovers Jamie Lee Mohr, Independent Filmmaker & Scholar
The Ruse of Access: Video Visitation, Carcerality, and “Ambient Television” in “That Atmosphere of Violence” Harry Hvdson, University of Southern California
Detroit as Dystopia and/or Frontier: Figuring Racialized City Space in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown Hannah Soebbing, University of Southern California
Respondent: Dr. Charlotte Farrell, City University New York
Faculty Roundtable: 3pm – 4:50pm // SCI 108
“Emergence and Emergency in the Classroom: Teaching Emergent Technologies and Responding to Emergency Climates”
     Dr. Nitin Govil, University of Southern California
     Dr. Vicki Callahan, University of Southern California
     Dr. Tara McPherson, University of Southern California
     Dr. J.D. Connor, University of Southern California
Moderated by Dan Lark, University of Southern California
Closing Night Screening: 5pm – 7pm // SCI 106
Festival of (In)appropriation Screening & Q&A
Introduced by Dr. Greg Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles
Followed by a Q&A with Dr. Cohen, moderated by Dr. Michael Renov, University of Southern California

Reception/Closing Night Party: 7:30pm – Midnight
Details forthcoming; location TBA

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