Stars and Screen: Film and Media History Conference

Du 27 au 29 septembre, la conférence « Stars and Screen » se déroule à la Rowan University, Glassboro, New Jersey.  Se voulant interdisciplinaire, l’événement réunit des contributions de différents champs de l’histoire des médias et du cinéma, mais aussi des sciences sociales, autour de la thématique des « stars » (au sens de vedettes et d’étoiles) et des écrans.


In the ‘Golden Age’ of Classical Hollywood Cinema, MGM was known as the motion picture studio with “More Stars Than There Are In Heaven.” In fact, ‘Stars’ have illuminated cinematic screens for over 100 years, from classic movie stars (Bogart, Bacall, Hepburn, Chaplin) to films about Hollywood’s star factory (A Star Is Born, What Price Hollywood?) to shooting stars (Deep Impact), falling stars (Sunset Boulevard, Raging Bull), and stars in ‘space, the final frontier’ (Star Trek) in a ‘galaxy far, far away’ (Star Wars). Digital video streaming and binge watching of films and media also re-imagines and creates new moving image ‘stars’ transforming the cinematic or televisual production, distribution, and viewing reception experience. What does this nostalgic re-imagining of film history and cinematic production of stars on screen tell us about the cultural moment we find ourselves in? The 2018 Film and Media History Conference explores the theme of “Stars and Screen.”