British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

CFP: Researching Film and Television Through the Archive

This one-day multi-disciplinary symposium exploring the practices and implications of researching film and television through the archive is jointly hosted by the Department of Film and Television Studies and the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick on Friday 09 Nov 2012.

Keynote Speaker: Phil Wickham (Curator of the Bill Douglas Centre, University of Exeter)

DEADLINE for submissions: Monday 08 Oct 2012

Making the archive the basis of a project, or incorporating archival research into an existing project can be an insightful, rewarding, and frequently also a frustrating experience.

This symposium will offer a space for archival researchers from across disciplines to share practices, methodologies and experiences of using different types of archive to research film and television texts, contexts and histories. It will explore the possibilities and boundaries of conducting archival research. It is also intended that a number of archivists will be present to highlight contemporary challenges to archiving procedure that might have implications for archival research and allowing a space for dialogue between the archive and the academy.

Contributions can take the form of either a 20 minute paper, outlining research ideas related to the themes of the symposium OR a 10 minute presentation discussing the practical, methodological or scholarly implications of using archival research as an aspect of film and television research.

Contributions are particularly welcome in the following areas:

  • Archival research methodologies
  • Why do archival research?
  • The allure of the archive
  • Practical aspects of using archives
  • Archiving policy and practice
  • The possibilities of the archive
  • The limits and limitations of archival research
  • The archive, impact and the REF

Please send an abstract (max 200 words), and a short biographical note to by Monday 08 October 2012. Be sure to specify the type of contribution you wish to make.

For further details, visit:

Delicious Save this on Delicious |