Session 3: The Academic Audiovisual Essay? [in]Transition Preview Screenings


Saturday 19 March, 10.30am-12.15pm, Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, WC1 [Map]
Free event, booking required


[in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film and Moving Image Studies is the world’s first peer-reviewed academic journal of videographic film and moving image studies. It is a collaboration between the digital scholarly network MediaCommons and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ official publication, Cinema Journal. Founded by co-editors Catherine Grant, Christian Keathley and Drew Morton in 2014, it was winner of the 2015 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award of Distinction by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. The journal is available here: mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/intransition/.

Practitioners of these “essay film” or “video essay” forms explore the ways in which digital technologies afford a new mode of carrying out and presenting film and moving image research. The full range of digital technologies now enables film and media scholars to write “essays” audiovisually, using the very materials that constitute their objects of study: moving images and sounds.

In this Essay Film Festival event, video essays selected for publication in upcoming issues of the journal will be presented by [in]Transition co-editor, film scholar and video essayist Catherine Grant (University of Sussex/Film Studies For Free) in conversation with Professor Laura Mulvey (Birkbeck, University of London). There will be space for audience discussion about this emergent form, and it is hoped that some of the filmmakers will also be in attendance to speak about their work.