Research Symposium: 

Periphery and Place: The Geographies of Screen Production in Australia and New Zealand

2 September 2013 | Victoria University of Wellington

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Tom O’Regan (University of Queensland)

The Film and Media Studies Programmes at Victoria University of Wellington invite submissions for the Periphery and Place symposium.

The symposium will provide a platform for researchers and industry professionals to debate the relationship between place and screen production in Australia and New Zealand. More specifically the title of the symposium invites participants to address the following question: are we still engaging with a centre-periphery model of screen production or are we moving towards an acentric, global dispersal of film and television making? The centre-periphery model that has informed the colonial histories of both Australia and New Zealand is gradually giving way to the contemporary decentralization of media production and the corollary internationalization of funding and distribution. Similarly the emergence of indigenous screen content characterized by a different history of engagement with place is also redefining the flows of cultural production, funding and distribution.

Topics to consider may include:

  • Screen production in Australia and New Zealand
  • Transnational production
  • The production of locality
  • Media and cultural policy
  • Indigenous media
  • Histories of media industries
  • Globalization and media flows

Paper proposals (250 words + brief bio) should be submitted by 9 July 2013 to Alfio.leotta@vuw.ac.nz

If you wish to attend, but not present, please notify the Symposium Organizing Committee at the above mentioned email address. Attendance is free, but registration is requested.

The keynote speaker: Prof. Tom O’Regan (University of Queensland)

Prof. O’Regan has been a key figure in the development of cultural and media studies in Australia. He was elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2002 and was, from 2002–2003, Australia’s UNESCO Professor of Communication. His most notable works include “Australian National Cinema” (1996); “The Film Studio: Film Production in the Global Economy” (2005) with B. Goldsmith and “Local Hollywood: Global Film Production and the Gold Coast” (2010) with B. Goldsmith and S. Ward.

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