The annual Screen Industries in East-Central Europe conference centres on transformation processes
by Martin Kudláč
- Chuck Tryon and Mikołaj Kunicki will give keynote lectures at the fifth edition of the conference
The annual Screen Industries in East-Central Europe conference provides “a platform for the interdisciplinary examination of media in this region while facilitating productive exchanges between industry professionals and scholars”. The theme for the fifth edition is Transformation Processes and New Screen Media Technologies, reflecting the host country, Slovakia, as “a nation that saw its domestic cinema come close to perishing in the 1990s, only to see it re-emerge as a stable media hub after 2004, a time when the local industry needed to respond to global technological developments such as digitisation”, as the organisers put it.
The rich variety of diverse papers from participants hailing from Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France and Germany are clustered under eight thematic umbrellas: Transformations of Post-Socialist Production Systems; Between the Ethics and Politics: Slovak and Czech Cinema after 1989; Transgression and Transformation in Serbian Cinema; Between the Local and the Global; Socialist Styles: Technology, Ideology and Star Images; Alternative Modes of Distribution; New Genres and Popular Cinema in East and Central Europe; and “Popular” Hungarian and Romanian Films in the 2010s: Public Funding Decisions, Audience Tastes and Festival Hype.
The conference will also welcome two theoreticians who will be giving keynote lectures. The author of the book On-Demand Culture: Digital Delivery and the Future of Movies, Chuck Tryon, from the Fayetteville State University in the USA, will speak about eight concepts for the era of digital delivery (“On-Demand Spectatorship”), and Mikołaj Kunicki, a researcher from Oxford University, will present the lecture “The (Un)usual Suspects: De-Stalinisation, De-politicisation, and the Auteur and Genre Film-Making in East-Central Europe in the 1950s and 1960s”. Among the visiting experts are Marcin Adamczak (Poland), Nevena Daković (Serbia), Constantin Parvulescu (Romania), Valérie Pozner (France), Marsha Seifert (Great Britain) and Petr Szczepanik (the Czech Republic).
The conference will take place on the campus of the Film and Television Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava on 20 and 21 November, and attendance is free of charge.