The Thirteenth Tel Aviv International Colloquium on Cinema and Television Studies

Blind Spots of the Cinematic

Moving Images and the Loss of Sight

Tel Aviv, Israel, 15-17 June 2020

CFP deadline: 1 December 2019

Blindness has long been associated with confusion, error, sin, and punishment while also being tied to a “second sight,” powers of prophecy, priesthood, and poetry. What role could it take in film, television, and media theories, which, perhaps more than other fields, have often been reluctant to equate knowledge and understanding with seeing? The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television is devoting its thirteenth international colloquium to the blindness and the blind spots of moving images. What could a “kino-eye-less” and a “blind” camera discover? What are the necessary blind spots of moving images without which they could not see? Do films reveal the “blind spots of the mind”? What can we see when media look away or are rendered sightless? What are the blind spots of moving image theory despite, or because of, the critique of vision and the gaze, sound studies, and the turn to the haptic, the corporeal, and the material?

Presentations on moving images may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:

Please submit an abstract of up to 300 words, 3-5 bibliographical items, and a short CV to the colloquium program committee at by 1 December 2019.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent by January 2020.