Afterlives: Remediations in Word and Image

6th-7th May 2016

‘Afterlives: Remediations in Word and Image’ is the title of the twenty-second annual Scottish Word and Image Group conference which will be held at the University of Dundee on 6th-7th May 2016.

We are very pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Laura Mulvey, Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck, University of London, whose ground-breaking essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” (1975) made such an influential contribution to film theory. In her 2006 work, Death 24x a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image, Mulvey argues that “the presence of the past in the cinema is also the presence of the body resurrected.” With this idea in mind, the 2016 SWIG conference will explore the complex afterlives of texts and images that are refashioned through the process of adaptation, and reconfigured by new forms and technology. 

Papers will explore themes as diverse as cultural regeneration, resurrection and reanimation and the relationship between the different media of photography, painting, cinema and literature. Remediation will also be discussed in relation to the growth of computer technology, with the digitisation of texts and images for use on the internet, or, more radically, the digital resurrection of long dead actors. The processes, consequences and ethics of such remediation will be a key theme of the conference.

Professor Mulvey will inaugurate the 2016 SWIG conference by introducing a special screening of Under the Skin of the City (Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, 2001) in Dalhousie Lecture Theatre 3 at 5pm on Friday 6 May 2016, to be preceded by a wine reception in the Dalhousie Foyer at 4pm. Her keynote lecture will take place on the morning of Saturday 7th May and will be followed by a selection of papers dedicated to the theme of remediation in word and image. 

The call for papers ended on 13th March - see below for details.

The programme for the conference is available below. 

The public screening is free and the cost for the full conference is £25 (£15 for students/unwaged).

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***A limited number of UoD UG and PG students can apply for a fee waiver to SWIG 2016 by emailing and explaining how attending would benefit your study and research***

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Call for Papers

Call for Papers

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers relating to (but not limited to) the following topics

  • Cultural regeneration
  • Intermediality
  • Digital remediations
  • Literary and visual adaptations
  • Avatars
  • Re-enactments
  • Resurrection and reanimation
  • Embodiment
  • Archival remediations
  • Design and technology
  • Echoes and ghostings
  • Performance

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to by 13 March 2016.

You can download a copy of this Call for Papers in PDF format



Download a PDF copy of the programme here


Friday 6th May - Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 3

14.00   Welcome and opening remarks

14.30   Ashley Woodward (University of Dundee): Apparitions of the Digital

14.50   Elizabeth Ezra (University of Stirling): Technics and Remediation in Wall-E (2008) and Prometheus (2012)

15.10   Oisin Keohane (University of Dundee): The Remediations of Aphrodite: From Plato to Jean-Luc Godard

16.00   Wine reception – Dalhousie Foyer

17.00  Film screening: under the skin of the city (dir. rakshan beni-etemad, 2000) *WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PROFESSOR LAURA MULVEY*

19.30   Dinner at the D'arcy Thompson 


Saturday 7th May - Dalhousie Building, Lecture Theatre 1

9:30     Keynote address by Professor Laura Mulvey: Words and Images in Un ora sola ti vorrei (Alina Marazzi, 2002)

10:30   Tea and coffee

11:00   Shorna Pal (University of St Andrews): Creating P.O.V through Transmedia Storytelling: Remediating the Auteur in Indian Films

11:20   Ellie Lewerenz (University of Edinburgh): ‘What makes you think this is my first time?’ Bond’s Potential Queerness as a Structuring Absence in Skyfall

11:40   Ilse van der Spoel (University of Amsterdam): The Wondrous Worlds of Wes Anderson: Proposing a Notion of Graphic Cinema

12:00   Dorota Miezek (Institute of Polish Culture, University of Warsaw): Remediation Strategies in W.G. Sebald’s ‘Austerlitz’

12:30   Tea and coffee/lunch

1:30     Faye Harland (University of Dundee): ‘A Certain Spontaneous Magic’: Mansfield, Modernity and the Moving Panorama

1:50     Elizabeth Geary Keohane (Trinity College, Dublin): Writing the Visual: Nicholas Bouvier and the Afterlives of the Aran Islands

2:10     Andrew Godfrey (University of Dundee): Betwixt and Between: Performance-like Elements in Graphic Medicine

2.30     Eleanore Widger (University of Dundee): 'Mortal Birth', 'What have I to do with thee?': the sublimation of body and spirit, image and text in William Blake's 'To Tirzah'

3:00     Closing remarks

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Participation in the conference can be easily combined with a vacation in beautiful Scotland. Dundee is Scotland's sunniest city and is located only one hour away from Edinburgh, making it an ideal base for discovering the region.