Event: NeMLA 2020
There were many iconic American cultural moments in the late 20th century, but perhaps August 1, 1981 laid down a marker when MTV premiered the airing of the first music video broadcast by the new cable channel: The Buggles, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” In retrospect, in fact, radio did survive, but its format, structure, delivery, and audience were re-purposed and re-defined. In the 21st century, this crisis of media transformation is centered on the confluence of film and television, and the ways in which the nexus of television—or episodic content—completes an ouroboric function: it becomes more filmic than film, more cinematic than movies themselves.
This Roundtable will explore this conversation concerning film and television and the usurpation of production values, means of production, narrative form and style, and the modes in which this content is consumed, reviewed, funded, and awarded. This Roundtable, then, will focus on film, television, and streaming content, and the places that they will inhabit and occupy in the future of the cultural imagination.
Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Boston, MA March 5th-8th, 2020
Submissions are due: September 30, 2019 at The Future of Film: Will Television Kill the Cinema Star?
Please submit abstracts of no more than 300 words by September 30, 2019, using the NeMLA link: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/18005