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CFP: NECS 2015 Conference — Archives of/for the Future (Łódź, Poland, 18.-20. June 2015)

Submission deadline: January 31, 2015.

NECS 2015 Conference: Archives of/for the Future (Łódź, Poland, 18.-20. June 2015)

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Archives of/for the Future ― The NECS 2015 Conference

Łódź, Poland, 18.-20. June 2015

Hosted by the University of Łódź (Poland)

Organized by the University of Łódź and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities SWPS in Warsaw


Deadline: 31 January 2015

In recent decades the figure of archive has been extensively employed in various fields of academic reflection. Moreover, since the introduction of accelerated digitalisation, the practice of archiving has strongly influenced modes of academic work and cultural activities. In order to reflect on the challenges and possibilities of this multifaceted notion we are interested in proposals which would deliberate on various aesthetic, philosophical, social, technological, methodological and practical aspects of archives in the era of digitalisation. Scholars from all areas of cinema, media and cultural studies (including radio, television, new media, game studies etc.), whether already members of NECS or new to the network (a valid membership is required, see also:, are invited to submit proposals for contributions.

Submissions may include but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

Open archives, open research

  1. the ideology of open access

  2. the rise of digital archives and overall opening up of institutions from the heritage sector

  3. digitalisation and restoration

  4. Big Data-driven historiography and computational turn

  5. the politics of archiving

  6. data storage and information management

Art in praxis

  1. the uses of archives in contemporary art, film and television (found footage, piracy, remixing)

  2. material and temporal aspects of a work of art

  3. new media art, its production, reproduction, preservation and destruction

Social practices

  1. social histories of recording, collecting and sharing

  2. the futility and abundance of data in modernity

  3. everyday (social) media and questions of sustainability

  4. economics of archives

Archives of popular culture

  1. new theoretical and methodological approaches to archives of popular culture

  2. popular culture as an archive


  1. technologies of inscription and their histories

  2. media archaeology and the obsolescence of its objects

  3. technological determinism and media convergence

Philosophical premises and promises

  1. material and discursive conditions of writing history

  2. memory of discursive formations

  3. archiving as working for the future

  4. nostalgia, melancholia and the modern experience of loss


All speakers are required to provide a title, an abstract of max. 150 words, 3-5 key bibliographical references and keywords, name of the speaker and short bio (max. 100 words).


We support the submission of pre-constituted panel proposals in order to strengthen the thematic coherence of individual panels. We would like to strongly encourage members of the NECS workgroups to put together a pre-constituted panel but we also welcome submissions from academic project teams, museums, galleries and other institutions wishing to share their experience in the area of archives of/for the future. Panels may consist of 3-4 speakers from at least two different academic affiliations and preferably from two or more different countries with a maximum of 20 minutes speaking time each. Panel organisers are asked to submit panel proposals including a panel title, a short description (up to 100 words) of the panel and information on all the papers, as listed above.


Events such as workshops, roundtables or seminars – both pre-conference and conference – concentrating on more practical aspects of our field such as teaching or research methods are also welcome. In order to guarantee the success of this format as a forum for discussion, speaking time will be limited to 10 minutes per participant. Organisers are asked to submit workshop proposals including workshop title and a short description (max. 100 words).

Please note that individuals may submit only one paper proposal, either to the open call or as part of a pre-constituted panel or workshop. Please submit all proposals before 31 January 2015 using the submission form available at: Confirmation will follow shortly thereafter (around 28 February 2015).



The NECS Graduate Workshop has been designed to give scholars at the beginning of their career a platform for networking with established European film and media scholars. The 13th NECS Graduate Workshop in Łódź is dedicated to the topic of Fictional Technologies & Technologies of Fiction. You will find the CFP online at: . Please send your submission with an abstract (max. 200 words) and a short bio (max. 150 words) to Alex Casper Cline and Karol Jóźwiak:


A workshop on the history of transmediality in modern popular culture will be held in reference to the meeting’s sub-theme “The archive of popular culture”. It will focus on the exploration of cross-media business synergies in the entertainment industry and the history of media convergence in the popular culture covering the 19th and the first half of the 20th century; you will find the CFP online at:


We would like to announce that the Project Forum – an event in a brand new format – will be a part of the 2015 NECS Conference in Łódź. The forum is intended to provide scholars with an opportunity to present their work in progress and their recent publications (monographs, book series, journals, collections), initiatives in digital humanities and ongoing research projects. Each speaker will be given a six-minute slot in which he or she will introduce the publication or work in progress. There will also be time set aside towards the end of the event for contributors to have a discussion with other speakers and members of the audience.

Please send proposals, including the title of your publication or project, to Łukasz Biskupski by 31 January 2015. Confirmations of acceptance will be issued by 28 February 2015.

The conference will be held in English.

Attendance is free of charge, but valid NECS membership and online registration are required in order to participate in the conference. Participants must register with NECS at and pay their fee before a proposal is submitted. Proposals from non-members (including all members of pre-constituted panels) will not be taken into consideration.

Participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. Travel information, as well as a list of affordable hotels will be posted on the NECS conference website ( ) in spring 2015.

Please email all enquiries to:

About conference organisers:

NECS Conference Committee

James Harvey-Davitt, Daniel Kulle, Rikke Schubart, Petr Szczepanik, Michał Pabiś-Orzeszyna, Ruggero Eugeni

Local Organising Team

Łukasz Biskupski, Ewa Ciszewska, Adam Cybulski, Maria B. Garda, Krzysztof Jajko, Karol Jóźwiak, Konrad Klejsa, Ryszard W. Kluszczyński, Tomasz Kłys, Maciej Ożóg, Michał Pabiś-Orzeszyna, Monika Rawska, Dagmara Rode, Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska, Marcin Składanek, Piotr Sitarski, Paweł Sołodki, Natalia Szeligowska, Bartosz Zając, Tomasz Załuski, Kamila Żyto

NECS Steering Committee

Sophie Einwächter, Jaap Kooijman, Trond Lundemo, Patricia Pisters, Petr Szczepanik, Alena Strohmaier, Malin Wahlberg

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