The film studies section of ECREA wants to enlarge the visibility for film studies in other communication studies fora, connecting with international film studies organisations. We convene panels at international conferences, provide scholarly information and foster debate and exchange on matters relevant to the section members.

Media, Communication and the Spectacle

We would like to hereby invite abstracts for a conference organised by ERMeCC (Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and Culture) together with ECREA's Gender & Communication, Communication & Democracy, and Film Studies sections and the Young Scholars' Network. Please see below for a short description and a list of possible areas of contributions. The full CFP can be found on

Media, Communication and the Spectacle
Rotterdam, 26-27 November 2009
Venue: Erasmus University Rotterdam

Viewing the notion of the spectacle in broad terms, this colloquium seeks to bring together scholarly work from academic fields such as democracy and (new) media, as well as journalism and film studies. The spectacle provides a powerful concept able to initiate a new "wind" in media and communication studies. It relates to theories on 'hyperreality', the 'gaze', 'performance' and the 'scopic' as well as to theories on active popular media consumption, the social meanings and impacts of
communication, representation, and the relationship between media and culture, even extending to media and cultural policies. The cultural, economic, technological, social, and political conditions underpinning the society of the spectacle provide insights into the study and analysis of media production, representation and reception. This colloquium aims to provide a broad overview of recent theories and empirical work engaging with the phenomenon of the spectacle by focussing on media and
communication in relation to film studies, gender and democracy. This conference is intended to discuss a diversity of perspectives and reflections on the media as a spectacle from a wide range of approaches.

We invite paper and panel proposals related to the central theme of the conference, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

-       The notion of society of the spectacle.
-       Culture as spectacle in the media.
-       The use of performance and spectacle by protest movements,
creating or being part of media events
-       Infotainment as spectacle
-       Hollywood and spectacular images: blockbusters, CGI, etc.
-       Consuming the spectacle: historical and contemporary
practices of cinema going.
-       Behind the screens of the spectacle: the political economy
of cultural industries
-       Screening the (un)spectacular? World cinemas and/as
alternative screen cultures
-       Fandom, cult media/film and performative consumption
-       Youtube and citizens' spectacularised self-presentation
-       The hyperreality of the spectacle of 'truth' (linked to
information, news, representations, visual culture as such, etc.).
-       The materiality of information production as commodity
fetishism (commodities become images and the other way around).
-       Private/public debate and the spectacle of bodies, gendered
bodies, politics, etc.
-       The imaginary and media performativity.
-       Vision and Voyeurism: The Politics of Surveillance Post-9/11

Organised by ERMeCC (Erasmus Research Centre for Media, Communication and
Culture) and ECREA's Gender and Communication section, Communication and
Democracy section, Film Studies section and the Young Scholars' Network.
See URL for full abstract:

Proposals: abstracts of max. 400 words can be submitted via e-mail to: Abstracts may be submitted as attachment in word, .rtf
or .txt format or embedded in the body of the email. Please make sure to
include the name of the author(s), affiliation, contact address, and
email. Young scholars are also encouraged to apply. When submitting your
abstract, please indicate to which section you are submitting: Gender and
Communication, Communication and Democracy, or Film Studies. Deadline for
sending in the paper abstract is 1 May 2009. Notification of selection
will be no later than 15 June 2009.

Le cinéma Européen, je ne sais pas trop ce que c'est. De toute façon, je crois qu'il existera un cinéma Européen quand on se passionnera pour un film écossais a la Costa del Sol, quand on fera la queue en Grèce pour aller voir un film irlandais et qu'à Paris tout le monde se precipitera pour assister a à la projection de films de la région de Münich. [...] Et souvent, un Grec ou un Italien retrouve plus de sa culture dans un film américain que dans un film français ou irlandais.
Jaco van Dormael - Cahiers du Cinéma (1992) 455/456, 93.

Chair: Philippe Meers (Antwerp, Belgium)
Vice Chair: Mark Jancovich (East Anglia, United Kingdom)
Vice Chair: Helle Kannik Haastrup (Roskilde, Denmark)

Section Objectives: Mission Statement
Section Reports: Film Studies Section Report 2007
Past Events: : Locus of Tragedy (International Conference)