The Screening Scholarship Media Festival (SSMF) provides a creative, collaborative space to explore the affordances and challenges of multimodal strategies in research, and to interrogate their social implications. SSMF is a hybrid between a traditional academic conference and a film/media festival that fosters the intersection of art and science across disciplines since 2013.
Rendering Matters of Concern and Present Histories is the theme of SSMF2019, and scholars, educators, artists, activists, visual legal advocacy and digital humanities groups are welcome to participate. Categories for submission are film, audio, photo essay, panel-style, performance, and immersive media (VR, AR).
This year, SSMF will feature works rendering matters of concern and the present histories of:
- Indigenous people.
- Persons under any form of detention.
- Diasporic communities
- LGTB+ collectives.
- Environments in conflict.
As collaborative designed to explore and challenge research as praxis, SSMF proposes rendering as those manifold possibilities by which scholarship become legible, audible, sensible and noticeable to multiple registers.
Nowadays, the production and distribution of academic knowledge across multiple formats is paramount. The intensified relations between contexts of research, modes of scholarship and new media affordances have transfigured the modalities involved in the collection, analysis and dissemination of paper-based scholarship. In this sense, the acceptance of non-textual submissions by peer-reviewed journals, the production and defense of films as dissertations, and the establishment of experimental and sensory lab centers in academic institutions are prompting scholarship to be performed otherwise. The outcomes of these entanglements in which scholars, communities and new media affordances strive to collaborate no longer stand as mediated representations of reality. Instead, they have become tactics and poetics through which matters of concern and present histories get diffracted as exchangeable figures of affect, resilience, advocacy and existence.
This year’s SSMF aims to create a unique dialogue on multimodal research and a salient hub for experimentation in a broader, domestic, and international stage.