The Ephemeral Trace – Spring 2012

6th Annual Critical Studies Graduate Student Conference

Saturday April 7, 2012
ZdC: Critical Studies Graduate Student Organization

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts

Conference Program

*All events take place in SCA 110.

9:00 – 9:30           Breakfast / Check-In

9:30 – 9:45           Opening Remarks

9:45 – 11:15         Panel I: Capturing Ephemerality

Moderator: Priya Jaikumar, Associate Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California 

“A Spectral Pop Star Takes the Stage: Hatsune Miku and the Materialization of Ephemeral Bodies within Contemporary Otaku Culture” – Forrest Greenwood, University of Southern California

“Bringing Back the Joys of Yesteryear: Traces of the Past and Early Amateur Filmmaking” – Heather Blackmore, University of Southern California

“Without a Trace: Cell Phone Photography and Personal Media in a Digital Age” – Karl J. Mendonca, University of California, Santa Cruz

11:30 – 1:00      Panel II: Remnants of Hollywood

Moderator: Aniko Imre, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Critical Studies, School fo Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

“The Objectification of the American Girl: Alice White and the Ephemerality of Fame in the Early Sound Era,” – Nicholas Emme, University of Southern California

“Unearthing Girlhood: Material Ephemerality and the Historiography of Female Adolescence in Early American Film” – Diana Anelmo-Sequeira, University of California, Irvine

“William Powell, Star Auteur: Experiments in Selling Masculinity at Warner Bros.” – Katie Walsh, University of Southern California

1:00 – 2:00           Lunch

2:00 – 3:30           Archives Workshop Panel

Moderator: Laura Isabel Serna, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

Dino Everett, Archivist, Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, USC

Natalie Russell, Librarian, Literary Manuscripts, The Huntington Library

Mark Toscano, Preservationist, Academy Film Archive

Betty L. Uyeda, Collections Manager, Seaver Center for Western History Research

3:45 – 5:15           Panel III: Alternative Archives: Theory and Practice

Moderator: Kara Keeling, Associate Professor of Critical Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California

“Acknowledging Archive: Towards a Queering of Academic Genealogy” Branden Buehler and Roxanne Samer, University for Southern California

“Resurrecting Titanic: Transmedia Events and Cinematic Extensions” – Regena Pauketat, University of Southern California

5:30 – 7:00           Keynote Presentation

“Feminist Media Historiography, Ephemera, and the Work Ahead” – Shelley Stamp, Professor of Film & Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz

7:00 – 8:30           Reception

Keynote Speaker, Shelley Stamp
Professor of Film & Digital Media, University of California, Santa Cruz
Shelley Stamp is a leading expert on women and early film culture interested in tracing the contributions women made to early Hollywood as filmmakers, moviegoers, performers, critics and theorists. She has served as a consultant for the National Film Preservation Foundation, Turner Classic Movies and the American Movie Classics cable channel.  Stamp is the author of Movie-Struck Girls: Women and Motion Picture Culture After the Nickelodeon (Princeton University Press, 2000) and the co-editor of American Cinema’s Transitional Era: Audiences, Institutions, Practices, (University of California Press, 2004) with Charlie Keil and “Women and the Silent Screen,” a special issue of Film History 18, no. 2 (2006) with Amelie Hastie. Her current book project, a study of early filmmaker Lois Weber, is supported by a Film Scholars Grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Archives Workshop Panel
As part of the conference, we will host a panel discussion with representatives of some of Los Angeles’s most unique collections.  Archivists and librarians from the Academy Film Archive, the Huntington Library, the Seaver Center, and USC’s Hugh Hefner Moving Image Archive will discuss their collections as well as the nature of archival work.  Through this panel we hope to not only introduce graduate students to these collections, but also to offer new insight into research methods and the valuable work done by the archivists themselves.