114th Annual Conference - Pasadena, California
Friday, November 11 - Sunday, November 13, 2016

Film, Knowledge, & Memory

Session Chair: 
Andrew Howe, La Sierra University
San Marino


  1. Daniel Fineman, Occidental College
    The change from analog to digital photography has been concurrent with the rise of the comic derived film. This is not a coincidence. In the terms of the father of semiotics, C. S. Peirce, film is indecical -- bound to the causal real -- while digital is iconic -- that is self referential. Our national culture's move into cheap cartoon allegory then was facilitated by the change of medium.
  2. Carrie Specht, La Sierra University
    Law Libraries play a major role in “Court Room Dramas” like Anatomy of a Murder as a source of knowledge that will save the case! The "action" is in the thinking, providing adventure for the audience through the excitement expressed by the actor, making the library the landscape for adventure while maintaining the silence.
  3. Douglass Furrh, Colorado State University-Pueblo
    Tajiri’s History and Memory deals with the single memory fragment of her mother’s—a canteen being filled with cool water in the desert—which is directly related to the two major themes of the film: the annihilation of autobiographical and cultural memory through seemingly endless repetition of images with and without a history; and the restoration of her mother’s memory by collecting the familial and cultural remnants from her time in a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II. 
Session Cancelled: