CFP: Embodied Film Language

10 kesäkuun, 2015

We invite paper proposals for a symposium on

Embodied Film Language – Filmic narration as a biocultural phenomenon

Time and date: University of Helsinki, Friday to Saturday 4-5 December 2015
Organizing parties:

  • Helsinki University Film and Television Studies
  • Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Lyuba Bugaeva)
  • Helsinki University Theatre Studies post-graduate seminar
  • Helsinki University Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences
  • University of the Arts, Helsinki
  • Finnish Society for Cinema Studies

Core approaches: Cognitive science, formalist film analysis, phenomenology and hermeneutics

Keynote speakers:

  • Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finnish Academy of Fine Arts)
  • Lyuba Bugayeva (St Petersburg State University)
  • Aaron Taylor (Lethbridge University)


How film narration on different levels of perception and understanding

  •  is based on mechanisms of perception and cognition that have developed through our evolution
  • builds on our ability to infer on the basis of body language what other people are doing and why (embodied proto-narratives)
  • emerges through acting in relation to what has been referred to as ”intentional visual behaviour of film” (Sobchack)
  • models simultaneously both our biological and social being-in-the-word and our orientation towards it
  • adapts other arts particularly as regards the narrativization of body language (facial expressions, gestures, prosodic features)
  • calibrates verbal and nonverbal expressions by stylistic means
  • participates in the construction of both collective and individual identities
  • creates, echoes and negotiates selfhood vs. otherness patterns and encounter related scenarios
  • expresses cultural differences related to body language

Proposals of max. 400 words on these or closely related topics should be sent to Henry Bacon ( by 31. August 2015. Symposium organizers will assist in making bookings for accommodation, but basically participants will have to make their own arrangements.


CFP Transnational Baltic Cinema

3 heinäkuun, 2013

Call for papers:  Transnational Baltic Cinema – Thematic explorations and industrial perspectives

Conference at the University of Helsinki, Finland, 12-13. December 2013

Film culture in the Baltic region is an emerging topic of transnational exploration. There have always been lively cultural relations between the countries round the Baltic Sea. These have provided inspiration and opportunities for film makers from quite early on. In our day and age

collaboration between producers and the flow of influences and capital across borders has generated an increasingly vibrant film cultural context.

Now is the time to explore the transnational aspects of film culture in the Baltic region. The conference on Transnational Baltic Cinema is the first of its kind and will provide a vital regional perspective on this understudied aspect of contemporary European cinema. By focusing on both more traditional thematic views on the films produced in the region as well as on industrial practices and infrastructures, we aim to generate discussion of the problems and possibilities of film culture around and across the Baltic.

The conference has three interlocking themes:
1) Exchange of film cultural and aesthetic influences in the Baltic region
2) Co-productions and sharing/selling of knowhow and facilities
3) The weight of political and cultural factors on these operations

These are to be explored both from historical and contemporary perspectives

The event will be divided in two parts, one focusing mainly on historical developments and developing approaches for the study of transnational phenomena, the other on contemporary developments and the possibilities they offer for the future of film production and film culture.

Keynote speakers include

  • Pertti Grönholm (adjunct professor, University of Turku, Finland)
  • Karlo Funk? (Estonia)
  • Lyuba Bugayeva (associate professor, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia)
  • Anders Marklund (associate professor, University of Lund, Sweden)
  • Ilkka Matila (producer, Matila-Röhr Productions)
  • Petri Kemppainen (production consultant, The Finnish Film Institute).

We invite papers focused mainly on the themes of the conference, but we are open to other relevant approaches.  Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words to by 1. September 2013. Accepted presenters will be notified by 15. September 2013.

The conference is hosted by the Transnational Finnish Film History project at the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Society for Cinema Studies (Suomen elokuvatutkimuksen seura, SETS).

Contact: Professor Henry Bacon (, Anneli Lehtisalo (, Jaakko Seppälä (

Call for papers: User-Generated Culture Conference

13 tammikuun, 2012


You, Me, User – Conference on User-Generated Culture
Friday 25, May – Saturday 26, May 2012 in Helsinki.

From social media to video games and from online fan production to machinima the phenomenon of user-generated culture has secured its position in the mainstream during the last few years. This shift has resulted from the blurring boundaries between media production and consumption as well as between professional and amateur authorship. The phenomenon is claimed to be characterized by collaboration, accessibility and democratic potential. During the You, Me, User Conference we approach the user-generated culture, or in other words, multiple situations where culture becomes modified, produced and distributed through everyday practices, social and new media.

The Finnish Society for Cinema Studies (SETS) invites presentations which explore the questions surrounding user-generated culture. The conference will bring together Finnish and international scholars of a wide range of relevant fields of studies. The conference will offer a chance to focus on a new and active field of study and is open to presentations from a wide spectrum.

Keynote speeches are delivered by David Buckingham and Frans Mäyrä.

Professor David Buckingham (Loughborough University) is a media education researcher.  He is especially interested in children’s and young people’s interactions with electronic media, consumer culture and civic participation. His most recent book is The Material Child: Growing Up in Consumer Culture (2011).
Professor Frans Mäyrä (University of Tampere) has focused on media culture, digital media and games. He leads an interdisciplinary research group on games study where game culture, players, their activities and gameplay experiences are approached. Mäyrä has published Introduction to Game Studies: Games in Culture (2008), for example.
We seek paper proposals from various fields, such as film, television, games, internet, music, art, literature etc. It is our intention to organize the symposium around questions, such as:

  • What is user-generated culture and how to conceptualize it?
  •  Changes in the distribution channels of audiovisual media due to user-generated culture
  •  Changes in the consumption of audiovisual media due to user-generated culture
  • Fan as an author?
  • How does user-generated culture blur the boundaries of production and consumption?
  • Politically, socially or culturally significant forms of user-generated culture.
  • Global and local implications of user-generated culture.
  • Does user-generated culture produce new forms of community?
  • Problems of control and copyright in user-generated culture.
  • Does user-generated culture produce new forms of community?
    What are the problematic dimensions of user-generated culture (censorship, legal issues etc.)

Proposals including an abstract and a short CV should be submitted to Conference Secretary Maija Uusitalo by email: by 19.2.2012 at latest. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 1.3.2012.

Organizers:  Finnish Society of Film Research in concert with National Audivisual Archive, Media Studies (University of Turku), Cinema and Television Studies (University of Helsinki), Aalto University, School of Communication, Media and Theatre (University of Tampere) and Koulukino.

CFP Imaginary Japan:

17 huhtikuun, 2008
Imaginary Japan:
Japanese Fantasy in Contemporary Popular Culture

Thursday 18, September – Saturday 20, September 2008
At the University of Helsinki, Finland

Gothic Lolitas, anime and J-pop mixes with Western mainstream popular culture, as Japanese horror films are remade in Hollywood, Finnish kiosks sell manga, and Japanese pop music attracts unforeseen audiences. Cuteness and monsters, stories and humours, sexuality and violence in Japanese fantasy appeal widely in Western cultures. Mutually, the Western styles fascinate in Japan. Styles and imageries circulate between “Japan” and “West”, appearing to each other as both familiar and fascinatingly strange at the same time.

The Finnish Society for Cinema Studies (SETS) invites presentations which explore the popular images of Japan in intercultural and multidisciplinary context, concentrating on the theme of intercultural encounters. The conference will bring together Japanese and Western views on contemporary Japanese audiovisual and popular culture. The conference will offer a multidisciplinary platform for scholars of a wide range of relevant fields of studies in popular culture, film and media, and is open to presentations from the entire spectrum of popular culture: film, television, music, new media; photography and other visual arts; sound, games, fashion and design. Lue lisää…

Call for papers

1 marraskuun, 2007


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2/2008 Heja Sverige!
(toim. Lähikuvan toimituskunta)

3/2008 Dokumentti
(toim. Ilona Hongisto)

4/2008 Seminaarien satoa
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Kaikkiin numeroihin otetaan vastaan artikkelitarjouksia
myös muista aiheista.


Lähikuvan ohjeita kirjoittajalle:

Lähikuvan artikkelien käsikirjoitukset tulee lähettää toimitussihteerille sähköpostin liitetiedostona (doc- tai rtf-muodossa). Käsikirjoituksen ensimmäiselle liuskalle merkitään kirjoittajan nimi, oppiarvo, osoite ja muut yhteystiedot, mahdollinen virka-asema ja toimipaikka. Artikkelin alkuun laaditaan lyhyt (n. 3-5 lauseen mittainen) ingressi, josta ilmenee artikkelin keskeinen fokus. Ingressi merkitään tekstiin. Julkaistavasta artikkelista tulee myös laatia lyhyet (max. 300 sanaa) suomen- ja englanninkieliset abstraktit.

Lue lisää ohjeita tästä.