Media Fields 2017


Screening: The Overnighters (dir. Jesse Moss, 2014)
7:00 PM – Pollock Theater at UCSB
Featuring a Q&A with director Jesse Moss

Free of charge, reservations required to guarantee a seat. For ticketing and reservation information, please visit the website of the Carsey-Wolf Center.

NOTE: This event is open to the public, and serves as a satellite to the main conference. Conference participants are welcome and encouraged to attend if their travel plans allow.

1:00-2:30 PM

Registration: SSMS 2302 (The Commons)

2:30-2:40 PM
Welcoming remarks (SSMS 2135)

2:40-3:55 PM
PANEL 1: Capital, Obsolescence, Decay (SSMS 2135)

Allison Schifani (University of Miami):
“Digital Ruins and the Mediation of Decay: Cleveland’s Urbanmutation”

Patrick Brodie (Concordia University):
“Seeing Ghosts: Media Infrastructures and Built Space in Post-Crisis Ireland”

Steve Secular (UC Santa Barbara)
“Media Obsolescence, Public Money, And the Evolution of ‘High-Tech’ Sports Arenas”

Respondent: Dr. Charles Acland (Concordia University)


Mellichamp Opening Keynote Address (SSMS 2135):

Dr. Marwan Kraidy – Anthony Shadid Chair of Global Media, Politics, and Culture and Professor of Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.

6:00 PM: Presenters are invited to join Film & Media Studies faculty and graduate students at our prospective student recruitment dinner. Location to be announced on-site.


9:00-10:00 AM (McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020)
Registration and Breakfast

PANEL 2: Reconstructed Histories (McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020)

Christina Belcher (University of Southern California):
“Ben Shahn, the Farm Security Administration Photography Unit, and Rural America in Ruins”

Jake Bohrod (University of Southern California):
“the Arc/k Project: Photogrammetry, Visual History, and Virtual Ruin(s)”

Pragya Paramita Ghosh (Jawaharlal Nehru University):
“Havelis in Bombay Cinema: Re-selling the Past and its Desires”

Respondent: Rachel Fabian (UCSB)


11:30-12:45 PM
PANEL 3: Toxic Mediations (McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020)

Max Suechting (Stanford University):
“Another Green World: Transmedia Ruins in Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing”

Weixian Pan (Concordia University):
“The Mediated Life of Bottled Air: Registering the Affective and Geopolitical Atmosphere”

Jonathan Doucette (University of California, Davis):
“Ruinous Frequencies: Media Sensibilities in Todd Haynes’ SAFE

Respondent: Lisa Han (UC Santa Barbara)

12:45-2:00 PM

2:00-3:15 PM
PANEL 4: Dead Ends (McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020)

Saul Kutnicki (Indiana University, Bloomington):
“New Material/New Decay in the History of Film (1930-1950): ‘Would Acetate Wait?’”

Jeremy Moore (University of California, Santa Barbara):
“Playing with Television History: Media Convergence, Interactivity, and the VCR Game”

Shane Denson (Stanford University):
“Post-Cinematic Artifacts: Digital Glitch and the Ruins of Perception”

Respondent: Juan Llamas-Rodriguez (UCSB)

3:15-3:30 PM

3:30-5:00 PM
Closing Keynote (McCune Conference Room, HSSB 6020):

Dr. Rahul Mukherjee (Dick Wolf Assistant Professor of Television and New Media Studies, University of Pennsylvania)

6:00 PM
Reception at The Good Bar in the Goodland Hotel, Goleta