MIRG: Moving Images Research Group

Year of Funding: 
2012/2013

The Moving Images Research Group (MIRG) is a research cluster that brings together faculty, students, and members of the UW community with an interest in cinema, media, and emerging screen cultures. It organizes reading groups and screenings, funds conference travel for students in the Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Certificate program, and presents talks by faculty from UW and other local institutions. It also hosts a speaker series featuring leading scholars from the United States and abroad.

Taking “The Archive” as its overarching theme for 2012-13, MIRG hosts a series of events exploring the diverse objects that remain from the earliest years of moving pictures, the practical and theoretical problems posed by film preservation, the role of documentary films as evidence and testimony, the development of digital archives such as YouTube, and the perennially undervalued archive of moving images shown in domestic settings or through public access media. Guided by this theme, MIRG explores the relationship between the long history of moving images—with film and other media viewed as sources of archival material and fragile objects requiring specialized care and stewardship—and the current worldwide interest in new media and the digital humanities.

MIRG also fosters graduate student leadership through the MIRG graduate interest group.

"Moving Image" as Keyword

  1. Moving images (i.e. movies) refers to the aesthetics and institutional status of cinema;
  2. It encompasses a genealogy that stretches back through 19th-century traditions of the magic lantern, phantasmagoria, and chronophotography, and forward through the innovations of television, as well as digital and electronic media;
  3. It recognizes the spatial movement of images, their local and global circulation and distribution; and
  4. It recognizes that images move us as viewers, that they involve significant affective dynamics. 

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Other Funding Years: 2014/2015, 2011/2012