The 2018 Rochester Conference Committee and the Domitor EC are very happy to announce that the 2018 conference proceedings, Provenance and Early Cinema, published by Indiana University Press is now available! We would like to send a heartfelt thanks to the contributors and editors of this volume and to all who participated in the success of this conference. Please find the description and list of contributors below.
Remnants of early films often have a story to tell.
As material artifacts, these film fragments are central to cinema history, perhaps more than ever in our digital age of easy copying and sharing. If a digital copy is previewed before preservation or is shared with a researcher outside the purview of a film archive, knowledge about how the artifact was collected, circulated, and repurposed threatens to become obscured. When the question of origin is overlooked, the story can be lost. Concerned contributors in Provenance and Early Cinema challenge scholars digging through film archives to ask, “How did these moving images get here for me to see them?”
This volume, which features the conference proceedings from Domitor, the International Society for the Study of Early Cinema, 2018, questions preservation, attribution, and patterns of reuse in order to explore singular artifacts with long and circuitous lives.
Provenance and Early Cinema
Edited by Joanne Bernardi, Paolo Cherchi Usai, Tami Williams and Joshua Yumibe
Contributions by Camille Blot-Wellens, Germain Lacasse, Barbara Flueck-Iger, Grazia Ingravalle, Ian Christie, Noemi Daugaard, Olivia Kristina Stutz, Priska Morrissey, Clara Auclair, Teresa Castro, Anne Sigaud, Ned Thanhouser, Bret Vukoder, Mark Williams, Richard Abel, Patrick Ellis, Allain Daigle, Danielle Crepaldi Carvalho, Martin L. Johnson, Marina Dahlquist, Nadi Tofighian, Gregory A. Waller, André Habib, Ken Eisenstein, Eszter Polonyi, Charles Keil, Christina Stewart, Christina Corfield, Norie Taniguchi and Kim Tomadjoglou