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Colloquium: “Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound”

…findet statt am 23. und 24. Mai 2016 an der Universität von Stirling, UK. Beiträge sind noch bis 11. Januar willkommen.

“*Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound*

The MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling

23rd-24th May 2016



The transition from silent to synchronised sound cinema in Britain between 1927 and 1933 was a period which changed British cinema as both industry and art form forever, but which has largely been overlooked by cinema historians.

This colloquium will examine the arrival of sound across the industry in
terms of economics, employment, technology and infrastructure, as well
as the shift in film form and style including its impact on production,
distribution, exhibition, reception and critique. We invite papers from
a range of disciplines that help to advance our understanding of the
film industry during this tumultuous period when studios and cinemas
were forced to re-equip andreinvest, when stars and creative personnel
faced considerable turmoil and when British cinema’s relationship with
non-Anglophone countries, particularly in Europe, was to change forever.

We welcome papers which consider the period in relation to
cinema markets at home andabroad.  We also invite papers that consider
the role of music and sound in early cinema, before the period of
transition to sound.

The colloquium is part of the AHRC funded project on British Silent
Cinema and the Transitionto sound (a collaborative project between De
Montfort University and the University of Stirling).  The colloquium
will provide the opportunity to present some of the Scottish findings as
well as solicit new research in the field.

In partnership with the BFI and Scottish Screen Archive, there will be
screenings of a number of rare films across the two days, including /The
Loves of Robert Burns /(Herbert Wilcox, 1930).

Possible topics include:

-     technology and industry

-     economics

-     personnel

-     film form, style and the impact of new production processes

-     exhibition, reception, cinema-going and audiences

- cinema markets

-     the transitional period’s  impact and legacy

-     music and sound in early cinema

Confirmed Keynotes:

Rick Altman, Emeritus Professor of Cinema and Comparative Literature,
University of Iowa

Laraine Porter, School of Media and Communication, De Montfort
University, Principal Investigator for the AHRC project, British Silent
Cinema and the Transition to Sound

*Paper Proposal Deadline: 11th January 2016*

*Please submit all proposals to **sarah.neely@stir.ac.uk*

Guidelines for submission of proposals

*Individual Papers: *Please provide an abstract of no more than 250
words, your name andinstitutional affiliation (if any)

*Pre-Constituted Panel Proposals: *Panels should consist of no more than
four papers.  In addition to the abstracts for each paper, please send a
title as well as a 200 word description of the rationale for the overall

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Dr Sarah Neely
Communications, Media & Culture
School of Arts & Humanities
University of Stirling
Stirling FK9 4LA


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