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October 14, 2003

Conference Paper Accepted

Just had a paper on The Ring accepted to the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts. Fort Lauderdale in March--not a bad gig at all.

The paper will focus on the film's treatment of video as a "haunted technology," something I've been working on in other contexts. I'm also intrigued by the content of the videotape. The Surrealist imagery, including references to Un chien andalou and Meshes of the Afternoon (not properly Surrealist, I know), seems really signifcant.

Posted by chuck at October 14, 2003 12:49 PM

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Congratulations, Chuck!

Posted by: George at October 14, 2003 3:12 PM


Posted by: Jason at October 14, 2003 6:24 PM

On the off-chance that you haven't already seen it, Chuck, you might want to check out Jeffrey Sconce's _Haunted Media: Electronic Presence from Telegraphy to Television_ (Duke UP, 2000).

Posted by: kari at October 14, 2003 9:36 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, Kari. Sconce's book is *very* impressive, and he has certainly informed my concept of "haunted media," but because I'm talking about video, I'm struggling with how to negotiate his arguments for my particular project.

Thinking out loud: His argument seems to focus on a notion of "elctronic presence" that may exclude video (he very carefully dnaces around discussing cinema as a "haunted technology," for example). In fact, it may be video's imminent obsolescence (as it has been replaced by DVDs and the Internet) that allows it to appear "haunted." I also think there's something about the materiality of video that appears to be at stake in The Ring. I know digital technologies have a material base, but it seems important that the ghostly "message" is delivered via video rather than on DVD (although it could have something to do with when the original novel was written).

Posted by: chuck at October 14, 2003 9:54 PM

Congrats! Any word on your other papers and conferences?

Posted by: S at October 15, 2003 2:26 PM

Nope, nothing new just yet, although there a few possibilities on the horizon.

Posted by: chuck at October 15, 2003 2:38 PM

Congratulations, Chuck! Sounds like an interesting conference.

Posted by: Liz at October 18, 2003 8:25 AM

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