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October 9-11, 2019, Concordia University

This symposium brings scholars from Concordia University together with students and faculty from the Institute for Theatre, Film, and Media Studies at Goethe University (Frankfurt, Germany) to explore the complexities of our media and cultural histories.


Symposium Hosts

Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts and Science


Film Studies, Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Faculty of Fine Arts


In association with the Media History Research Centre, Concordia University and Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film,” Goethe University

Schedule of activites

Wednesday, October 9

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Welcome with Charles Acland (Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University) and Haidee Wasson (Professor, Film Studies, Concordia University)

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Opening Discussion – What was Interactivity?

Reading: Aaron Smuts, “What is Interactivity?,” Journal of Aesthetic Education, 43.4 (Winter 2009): 53–73

Participants: Charles Acland, Haidee Wasson, Vinzenz Hediger (Professor, Film Studies, Co-Director Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film," Goethe University), Mia Consalvo (Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University), Marie Sophie Beckmann (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), Antoine Prévost-Balga (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), Alexander Stark (PhD Candidate, Goethe University)



Opening Reception

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Thursday, October 10

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Foundations of Media Interactivity 

Chair:  Hannah Spaulding (Postdoctoral Scholar, Communication Studies/Media History Research Centre, Concordia University)

  • Rembert Hueser (Professor, Media Studies, Co-Director Graduiertenkolleg “Configurations of Film", Goethe University), “How Can One Be Farocki?”
  • Hannah Spaulding, “Everything TV is Not”: QUBE and the Fantasy of Interactive Television”
  • Quinn Valencourt (PhD Student, Communication Studies, Concordia University), “A life of ‘liveness’:  electronic media's history of immediacy and intimacy”
  • Élise Ross-Nadié (MA Student, Media Studies, Concordia University) and Stefanie Duguay (Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University), “Interactivity beyond moral panic: The multiple uses and roles of dating and hook-up apps”
10:45–11:00 Break



Moving Image Practice

Chair: Elizabeth Miller (Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University)

  • Andrea Polywka (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), “Interactive Knowledge and Expertise / Understanding of technical dimensions in contemporary mainstream cinema”
  • Jacqueline Ristola (PhD Student, Film and Moving Image Studies, Concordia University), “Beyond full and limited animation: Sedgewick, Joyrich, and televisual logic”
  • Elizabeth Miller, “Interactivity and the environment”
12:30–1:15 Lunch

Tracking and Training

Chair: Nicole Braida (PhD Candidate, Goethe University)

  • Guilherme de Silva Machado (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), “Interactivity in vocational training techniques”
  • Nicole Braida, “Call for (inter)action”
  • Rebecca Puchta (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), “In/Visible interactive surveillance and self-tracking apps”
3:00–3:15 Break

Media Environments

Chair: Zach Melzer (PhD Candidate, Film and Moving Image Studies, Concordia University)

  • Karin Fleck (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), “interactive listening”
  • Marin Reljic (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), “Virtual sound spaces: musical playback tracks and musical interactivity regarding Jewish folklore”
  • Zach Melzer, “Projection Mapping, Interactivity and the Architectures of the ‘Quiet Revolution’ in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles”

Friday, October 11

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Media Localization

Chair: Owen Chapman (Associate Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University)

  • Rebecca Boguska (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), “Responding to Images from Guantánamo”
  • Natalie Greenberg (PhD Student, Film and Moving Image Studies, Concordia University), “Signs of Skyways: Air Markers as a Logistical Media of Early Air Travel”
  • Philipp Roeding (PhD Candidate, Goethe University), “Passing through light spaces. Genealogy of the mobile spectator”
  • Owen Chapman, “The Selfie Orchestra”
10:45-11:00 Break



Closing Keynote

Introduction: Charles Acland

Bill Buxton (Professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University), “Decoupling Innis and McLuhan: From Media Ecology to an Ecology of Mediation”

Closing Remarks

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