by Jeffrey Chen
On February 25 and 26, students, faculty, and guests assembled in the Michelson Theater for the Department’s Annual Student Conference. This year, the two-day event, entitled Lost and Found: Nostalgia and Media, explored various conceptions of nostalgia as depicted or utilized in media.
Approaches to the subject were diverse, encompassing everything from queer theory to geography. Some papers examined historical trends or movements in film from the silent era to the present, and others focused on movies from specific filmmakers, including Luchino Visconti and Su Friedrich. While many examples referenced by presenters were extracted from the domain of cinema, media outlets like television were granted an audience as well.
In addition to the discussions, entertainment was scheduled to add variety to the proceedings. At the end of the first day, for instance, attendees were invited to view a selection of short films that reflected the conference’s theme; the content ranged from avant-garde experiments to a cartoon vignette.
The academic panels over the course of the two-day conference were engaging, and the range of topics kept an alert and diverse audience rapt. In fact, attendance overall was high, matching and at some times exceeding past years.
To celebrate the conclusion of the program, food and drink were provided during the closing reception to give everyone the chance to unwind and enjoy themselves after the rigorous intellectual stimulation.
The Cinema Studies Department thanks the students, faculty and staff who helped make this event possible. Our appreciation goes out to Events Coordinator Jeff Richardson; the Tisch Graduate Student Organization; the panelists and presenters; moderators Bill Simon, Moya Luckett, Anna McCarthy, Keith Corson, Leo Goldsmith, and Nate Brennan; and especially to the Student Conference Planning Committee.
by Jeffrey Chen