CFP: Besides the Screen 2017

7th Besides the Screen International Conference

Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil, 31 May to 2 June 2017

Deadline for proposals: 24th March 2017

Once again, virtual reality is a technology to come. The recent popularisation of immersive displays has revamped the interest on the possibilities of this subject. Alongside came the growth of other forms of volumetric image capture and exhibition, such as 3-D scanning and 360o video. These systems, many of them created to enable computer sensing, are now informing other observers. The way they have been deployed in fields from social media to heritage preservation and prosthetic medicine indicate their broad impact on emerging spatial ontologies.

The next Besides the Screen conference means to frame these growing trends in volumetric imaging in the long history intertwining geography and optics. Departing from cinema, the event seeks to explore how space and image have shaped one another across different media and cultural systems, tracing the power relations that cause topological subjectivities to emerge.

We invite proposals of papers, workshops, performances, screenings, artist presentations, and experimental projects that address, explore, and subvert topics such as:

– the past, present, and future of VR technologies

– 360o and immersive filmmaking in different genres

– bodily affects and proprioception within virtual environments

– multi-camera stitching aesthetics

– visual effects / in-frame spatial compositing, both digital and analog

– 3-D animation and synthetic spaces

– moving images resulting from 3-D scanning, photogrammetry, and structured light capture

– developments in computer vision and depth perception

– real-time cartography as control interfaces

– responses from the media and data industries to new image technologies

– early stereoscopic, anamorphic, and panoramic devices

– event cinema, site-specific projections, and pop-up screenings

– cleavages and continuities between architecture and the moving image

– moving image installations and performances

– etc

CFP: ‘Fake News!’: An Historical Perspective

NPHFI Tenth Annual Conference, Newcastle University, UK, 10-11 November 2017

Fake news is a term that has become familiar in late 2016 and early
2017, not least because of international political developments. But
is it necessarily a new phenomenon? The control, presentation and
manipulation of news has played a key role in the, sometimes
tumultuous, history of Anglo-Irish relations. And a similarly
important role in the assertion and subversion of power in colonial,
totalitarian and radical societies throughout history worldwide.

To what extent does fake news, and its close relative propaganda,
represent active falsification of information and the dissemination of
misinformation, as opposed to the reporting of mistakes or errors due
to confusion? What are the implications of the accusation of fake news
for a report or news outlet? How does historical perspective change
the evaluation of whether something is fake news? The Newspaper and
Periodical History Forum of Ireland (NPHFI) seeks to investigate this
phenomenon and its historical application in the print media at its
tenth annual conference. Papers are invited that interrogate and/or
challenge these questions from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
The focus of papers should be on print media.

Topics that may be addressed include, but are not, limited to:

·       Propaganda, political lobbying and activism.

·       Irish views of Britain and British views of Ireland.

·       News manipulation across the political spectrum.

·       Representations of ‘the Other’.

·       War reporting and embedded reporting.

·       Representing and reporting civil unrest and conflict worldwide.

·       Fake news and celebrity.

Papers may address any historical period, up to and including the
present day, and any geographical region.

To submit a proposal please email an abstract of no more than 250
words to the NPHFI secretary, Dr James O’Donnell, at

Abstracts must contain a clear title and present clearly the main
thesis / argument proposed. Each abstract must also include name(s),
affiliation, institutional address and email address(es) of the

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 31 May 2017

The Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland seeks to achieve
gender balance on its conference panels and welcomes proposals from
researchers of all career stages working in academia, media, and in
professional organisations.

call for entries: PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival on Migration, Celebrating Diversity and Social Inclusion


Visit the PLURAL+ website to submit your video entry
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The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) invite you to submit original and creative videos focusing on the PLURAL+ theme of migration, celebrating diversity and social inclusion.

In a world often characterized by intolerance, and cultural and religious divisions, it is vital that youth are recognized as powerful agents of social change. PLURAL+ encourages youth to address key challenges and opportunities related to social inclusion and cohesion, migrant integration, respect for identity, diversity, human rights and xenophobia, both at local and global levels through video production. Young people aged up to 25 are invited to submit short videos of five minutes maximum in length for consideration in the PLURAL+ Youth Video Festival.

“PLURAL+ provides youth around the world with the opportunity to submit real stories told by real people, which when widely disseminated help to foster intercultural dialogue and understanding as well as respect for diversity and tolerance,” says Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations.

Each year since 2009, a prestigious international jury selects three PLURAL+ International Jury Award winners in each age category (up to 12, 13-17, 18-25). The International Jury Award winners will receive $1,000 as well as be invited to New York, all travel expenses paid, to present their work at the PLURAL + 2017 Festival Awards Ceremony at the Paley Center for Media and possibly as well at the United Nations Headquarters in Fall 2017. PLURAL+ partner organizations will also award other prizes and professional opportunities to over 20 of the best videos submitted, partners award winning videos will be invited to present their work at film and video festivals, conferences and events around the world.

In addition to the three International Jury award winners, this year PLURAL+ will also provide, for the first time, the “PLURAL+ Award for the Prevention of Xenophobia”, and the winner will also be flown to New York to participate and present his/her video at the PLURAL+ 2017 Festival and Awards Ceremony.

“We all know this to be true: increased participation of youth in the media is essential. These youth – these agents of social change – make up a large portion of today’s migrant population, and they have something valuable to tell us about their migration experiences. And this is what PLURAL+ aims to achieve: to provide young filmmakers with a global platform to share their thoughts and experiences with us,” says Mr. William Lacy Swing, Director General, International Organization for Migration.

PLURAL+ supports young people’s expression by providing them with a variety of media platforms and distribution networks, including broadcasts, video festivals, conferences and events around the world. PLURAL+ not only provides young people with an effective platform to raise their voices on key migration and diversity issues, but also reinforces the firm belief of IOM and UNAOC that the powerful expression of youth creativity is a force to be reckoned with.

Further information, including guidelines, rules and regulations and the entry form can be found at the PLURAL+ website at:

Deadline for submission is 4 June 2017. Early submissions are encouraged.

Download the entry form and see the instructions on the PLURAL+ website.

Watch PLURAL+ 2016 award winning videos here.

Watch UN in Action television segment on PLURAL+ 2016 here.

PLURAL+ is organized by the UNAOC and IOM with the support of many partners.

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