Technologies of Transmediality

What happens when films, television programmes or live performances adapt, translate or incorporate material which originates in a different medium, migrating across media or involving combinations of media? Technologies of Transmediality explores the impact of a range of different technologies on performance and screen media in the broadest sense, involving film, television and theatre histories, but also literature and language studies, historians of technology as well as researchers in digital technologies from computer sciences and engineering. Theoretical, practical and interpretative contexts will be deployed in relation to the theme, provoking dynamic comparisons and the sharing of different disciplinary insights and perspectives.

The symposium brings together researchers from the Worldwide Universities Network from the USA and UK in an intensive three-day event focused around four keynote addresses from Prof Mike van den Heuvel (Wisconsin), Prof Jeff Smith (Wisconsin), Prof Sarah Street (Bristol), and Prof Phillip Thurtle (Washington). There will also be a performance by Bodies in Flightexploring the use of photography in live performance, directed by Prof Simon Jones (Bristol), and a screening of extracts from films and television programmes which involve the import/impact of popular music as transmedial experience, compiled and introduced by Dr Kevin Donnelly (Southampton).

The discussion will be developed through four themed panels on transmedial forms and texts in screen and performance:

  • Historical and contemporary examples
  • Comparative issues arising from multiple frames of reference
  • Theoretical models for technologies and transmediality
  • The practice of transmedial art and technologies

Paper presentations are invited for the above panels. Abstracts should be between 150 and 200 words in length, plus full contact details and any affiliation, and emailed to deborah.gibbs@bristol.ac.uk by Friday 29th October. In order to keep the event focused and maximize dialogue, numbers will be limited to panel presenters only, who will be notified by 8th November. There is a registration fee of £50 which includes lunches, an evening meal and refreshments.