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Date & Time

March 28-30, 2019

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Center for Emerging Media

500 Bentley, Orlando, FL 32801- (Next to Marriott Orlando Downtown)

Flickering Landscapes - The Image of Migration: Landscapes and People

Presented by The Center for Humanities and Digital Research, The Nicholson School of Communications and Media, and The Texts and Technology Doctoral Program at the University of Central Florida. Sponsored by UCF Office of Research and Commercialization, UCF College of Graduate Studies.
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Overview

This conference aims to bring together scholars and filmmakers to address how moving images depict the relationship between place and human migration.

Purpose

To address the depiction of the migrant experience in varieties of moving images.

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Purpose

To address the depiction of the migrant experience in varieties of moving images. It includes but is not limited to: topics relating to the moving images of migrants’ places of origin, their journeys, and the new locations in which they settle. We seek to relate these topics to two key components: the material lives and cultural identities of migrants as contrasted to the material lives and cultural identities of host societies, and the depiction of migration throughout the history of the moving image.

Objective

To continue an ongoing dialogue about how migrants and host societies perceive their environments and identities through the lenses of media and popular culture.

Research Questions

To continue an ongoing dialogue about how migrants and host societies

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Research Questions

  1. 1. What films or television shows about migration and landscapes constitute key texts for investigation?
  2. 2. Which stories of migration and landscapes are favored in screen media and which are not?
  3. 3. What changes when migrants participate in the making of screen representations about their experiences?
  4. 4. How do host attitudes about migrants’ place of origin, race, religion, class, and gender get represented in moving images?
  5. 5. How do laws and the policing apparatus affect the people and places involved in migration?
  6. 6. Do popular representations of migration and place in screen media align with studies by scientists and agencies who work with migration issues?
  7. 7. How have political media campaigns used the moving image to create or empower anti-immigrant movements based on fear and resentment? How successful have counter-efforts been at quelling anti-immigration movements?
  8. 8. What do film and other genres of the moving image say about the role of landscape as a driving force in migration? For instance, how are the effects of climate change on landscapes represented in these images?
  9. 9. How do moving image texts represent the sense of home and homelessness for immigrant communities?
  10. 10. How has internet culture contributed to images of the migrant and the places associated with them? How do YouTube videos, memes, and multiplatform media influence popular perceptions of migrant groups?
  11. 11. What is the historical legacy of efforts to document the experience of displaced peoples through motion pictures? How have landmark fiction films, documentaries, news reports, influenced the politics and cultural perceptions of mass migration?

Target Audience

Scholars and filmmakers from a broad range of disciplines and professionals working on the history, present, and future of the film and screen experience related to migrants and places. We welcome interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary and international approaches.

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Target Audience

Scholars and filmmakers from a broad range of disciplines and professionals working on the history, present, and future of the film and screen experience related to migrants and places. We welcome interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary and international approaches. We aim to produce an edited volume of papers and an online volume of media projects from the Flickering Landscapes Conference.

Panel Keywords

There are a series of suggested keywords for possible paper topics; they include but are not exclusively limited to the following: movement and mobility, documenting the migrant experience, and more.

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Panel Keywords

Below are a series of suggested keywords for possible paper topics; they include but are not exclusively limited to the following:

  1. 1. Movement and Mobility
  2. 2. Documenting the Migrant Experience
  3. 3. Migrants in Film History
  4. 4. The Landscape of the Migrant’s Journey
  5. 5. Climate Change and Migration
  6. 6. War and Migration
  7. 7. Portrayals of Home and Homelessness
  8. 8. Migration as a Narrative Genre
  9. 9. Laws and the policing apparatus
  10. 10. Anti-Migration Propaganda
  11. 11. The Migrant as a Witness/Storyteller
  12. 12. Archetypes of Displaced Peoples
  13. 13. Portrayals of Migrant Groups in News and Mass Media
  14. 14. The Migrant Image in Non-Professional or Verité Style Filmmaking


Registration Information

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Conferece Speakers and Exhibitions

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Major Events

Thursday, March 28, 6:30-7:30 pm

"Shifting Terrain: Images of Migration and Detention" Gallery Opening with works by Dorita Hannah, Jave Yoshimoto, Hiwa K, and Vukasin Nedeljkovic

Thursday, March 28, 7:30-9:00 pm

Keynote Speaker Dorita Hannah: "Flickering Figures and Homing Phones: Mediating Bodies A/Part"

Friday, March 29, 9:00-10:30 am

Keynote Speaker Chris Lippard: "Film as Refuge: Alternative Aesthetics in Contemporary Migration Films"

Friday, March 29, 3:30-5:00 pm

Film Screening: Abrazos (2014. Dir. Luis Argueta) and Memorias del Migrante (2018. Dir. Argenis Hurtado Moreno)

Friday, March 29, 7:00-9:00 pm

Keynote speaker Luis Argueta: "Film as Refuge: Alternative Aesthetics in Contemporary Migration Films," followed by Q&A with panel of scholars

Saturday, March 30, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon

Film Screening: After María: The Two Shores (2018. Dir. Sonia Fritz) and Gifts from Babylon (2018. Dir. Emiel Martens), followed by Q&A with directors

Saturday, March 30, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Film Screening: Food Chains (2014. Dir. Sanjay Rawal). Q&A with producer Smriti Keshari

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Conference Hotel Details

Marriott Orlando Downtown | 400 West Livingston Street, Orlando, Fl. 32801
T (407) 868-8655 | F (407) 868-8663 |danielle.zullo@marriottorlandodowntown.com
www.marriott.com/mcodo

Guest room rates are set at $139.00 per room, per night. Please note that your cutoff date is 02/28/2019 – by this date individuals must make their reservations in order to receive the discounted group rate. Any reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space and/or rate available basis. At this time all attendees are responsible for paying their own room & tax, incidentals and valet parking.

UCF Academic Migration
Start date: 3/25/19
End date: 4/2/19
Last day to book: 2/28/19
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PRESENTED BY:
The Center for Humanities and Digital Research, The Nicholson School of Communications and Media, and the Texts and Technology Doctoral Program at the University of Central Florida
SPONSORED BY:
The Office of Research, The College of Graduate Studies, CREATE (Center for Research and Education in Arts, Technology and Entertainment), The Department of English, The Department of History, The College of Arts and Humanities, FIEA (Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy), The Center for Humanities and Digital Research, The Nicholson School of Communications and Media, and The Texts and Technology Doctoral Program at the University of Central Florida



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bmauer@ucf.edu