Madness & media TMG & symposium


Madness has always been a rewarding subject for stories and movies. In the nineteenth century examples such as the mad inventor or scientist like Dr.Frankenstein, or Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in our times the neurotic behavior in series like Desperate Housewives. The Association History Sound and Vision (GBG), the editors of the Journal of Media History (TMG online) and the Netherlands Institute Sound and Vision (Beeld & Geluid) will organize on 26 September a symposium on Madness and media, during which a new TMG issue on this theme will be presented, which I co-edited with Bregt Lameris and which will be available online in Open Access. Some articles are in English, others in Dutch. The issue also contains a special section on some collections of neuropathological films in European archives (coll. Rademaker at Sound & Vision in Hilversum, coll. Negro at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema in Turin, coll. Van Gehuchten at Cinematek in Brussels etc.). In contrast to the examples mentioned above, the special issue Madness and media of TMG will treat the theme of madness and media in less obvious manifestations, from advertisements and sound and photography to the vibrator and artist’s simulation of psychosis. The symposium Madness and media will explore the theme on the basis of the special issue of TMG and of archival materials. How do media determine the image of mental illness and of science? What do the old images of experiments tell us on the development of science? But also, how do audiovisual media function as sources or tools in the present day? The program includes a number of presentations by Patricia Pisters (UvA), Bas Agterberg (Sound and Vision), Gemma Blok (UvA) and Jennifer Kanary (Roomforthoughts). In a forum discussion collaboration will be the central focus: between heritage institutions such as Sound and Vision and Dolhuys, and the various scientific disciplines such as disability studies, neurology, media history, history of psychiatry, psychology and history of science.

Practical info:
Date: 26 september 2013, 13.00-17.00
Location: Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid, Hilversum
Entrance fee: €15.- (GBG members free of charge)
Language of the day: Dutch

~ by Ivo Blom on August 29, 2013.

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