Technology and film profoundly shape the ways in which we form our identities and create new possibilities for self-representation. This conference will explore the ways in which film and other media allow us to identify ourselves and our relationships to society, as well as how these technologies become ritual cultural apparatuses. Film and media also present new Althusserian imaginary relationships to our real conditions of existence, and become a reflection of the imaginary, recreating the mirror stage as a formative function of the I, as experienced through psychoanalysis. "Mirrored Subjectivities" will also address how representations allow for subject formation through recognition and reproduction, and present new mediated and unmediated subjectivities.
This conference/workshop will be comprised of the keynote address and panels on Friday, followed by additional panels on Saturday. Central to the conference is a graduate seminar style workshop on Saturday. This workshop is led by the keynote speaker and designed to explore the issues presented and discussed in more detail and depth. Presenters are requested to arrange their travel so that they can participate in the entire event, including the workshop. There will also be a closing reception Saturday evening, which is open to all participants and audience members. Please send a 500 word abstract along with a brief biographical statement, in a separate document, to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, February 20. Selected participants will be notified by Monday, February 24.