6 Jul 2011 - 8 Jul 2011 All day Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge




Dr Jenny Chamarette (French, University of Cambridge)
Dr Georgina Evans (French, University of Cambridge)
Dr Laura McMahon (French, University of Cambridge)
Dr François Penz (Architecture, University of Cambridge)





Plenary Speakers




Professor Angela Dalle Vacche (Professor of Film Studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta)


Professor Laura U. Marks (Dena Wosk University Professor of Art and Culture Studies, Simon Fraser University)



Catherine Derosier-Pouchous (Head of Cultural Production, Louvre Museum, Paris)




Conference summary

Moving Image and Institution: Cinema and the Museum in the 21st Century seeks to establish a new international forum for discussion of the physical and theoretical intersections between cinema, screen media and the moving image, and the museum and institutional art space. This international, interdisciplinary conference will run alongside a range of public events in and around Cambridge in early July, to draw attention to the converging interests of both Cinema and the Museum.

The conference itself aims to bring together academics, museum curators, museologists, architects, filmmakers and artists of national and international standing to discuss emerging issues in this field. Attracting delegates across the spectrum of the Arts and Humanities from a range of disciplines and sectors including film studies, museum studies, architecture, history of art, modern languages, cultural geography, anthropology, ethnography and archaeology, the conference will offer an exceptional environment where cross-connections can be fostered between these fields, in order to interrogate the future shape of the very cultural institutions in which they are so heavily invested.

Cinema and the Museum have a shared heritage of historical and socio-cultural development. Both emergent in the late 19th century as public institutions, but with very different infrastructures, the public concerns of the cinema and the museum have established them firmly within the cultural imaginary of many of the key dynamics of the 20th century – from popular spectacle to Futurism, from Surrealism to the emergence of the post-colonial world, from the avant-gardes to the aftermath of total war, from the information network to the cusp of the virtual world. Both Cinema and the Museum share an ambivalent relationship between the past and the future: while safeguarding, documenting and archiving the past is a part of their shared role, the shifting technologies and modalities of cinema and the museum are also instantiating fundamental changes to what constitutes the very concepts of ‘Cinema’ or ‘The Museum’.

In the 21st century museums have become extraordinary 'laboratories of change'; audio-visual media have permeated the museum space: from handheld devices to large screen projections, to interactive technologies at the intersections of material and digital culture. Cinema is entering the Museum, and the Museum is disseminating itself within the cinematic as a means of expanding its engagement with the public on multiple levels, including but certainly not limited to notions of viewing experience, immersion and object-interaction.




Generously supported by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CRASSH), University of Cambridge, the French Embassy, the Department of French, University of Cambridge and the Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge



Accommodation for non-paper giving delegates


We are unable to arrange accommodation, however, the following websites may be of help.


Visit Cambridge
Cambridge Rooms
University of Cambridge accommodation webpage


NB. CRASSH is not able to help with the booking of accommodation.




Administrative assistance: Helga Brandt (Conference Programme Manager, CRASSH)



Tel: +44 1223 766886
Email enquiries@crassh.cam.ac.uk