18 June 2014
The History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception or HoMER Group was founded in June 2004 by an international group of cinema scholars to promote the understanding of the complex phenomena of cinema-going, exhibition, and reception, from a multidisciplinary perspective .
By referring to NECS Conference mainframe CREATIVE ENERGIES » CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, HoMER organized a workshop (June 18, 2014) and nine panels (June 19-21, 2014) within the NECS Conference. The HoMER workshop was focused on digital approaches to movie-going, exhibition and reception. More specifically, the workshop intended to reflect on challenges and opportunities provided by the digital turn, considered as both a field and a set of tools of research. The HoMER workshop discussed these issues thanks to the contribution of keynote speakers such as Francesco Casetti and Elisa Ravazzoli.
The HoMER workshop was supported by DICIS, an international scientific research network on Digital Cinema Studies.
With nine inspirational panels and a state of the art workshop, HoMER at NECS Conference aimed to offer an opportunity to inquire and discuss new methods and approaches to cinema and media experience in the digital era.
Francesco Casetti is Professor in the Humanities and in the Film Program at Yale University. He is the author of Inside the Gaze. The Fiction Film and its Spectator (1999), Theories of Cinema, 1945-1995 (1999), and Eye of the Century. Film, Experience, Modernity (2008). He has been visiting professor at University of Paris 3, Iowa, and Berkeley. He co-foundeed (with Jane Gaines) the Permanent Seminar on Histories of Film Theories. He is general editor of the series “Spettacolo e comunicazione” for the publishing house Bompiani, Milano. Prior to his arrival at Yale, he taught for thirty years in Italy, where he served as Dean of the Department of Communication and Performing Arts at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and as President of the Italian society for film and media studies (CUC).
Elisa Ravazzoli is a senior researcher at the Institute for Regional Development and Location Management, European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC Research). She obtained her Ph.D in Economics from the University of Bologna in 2011, and during the last five years she was visiting research fellow at Brown University, University of Chicago and Columbia University. Her main research interests are in urban, social and cultural geography as well as in spatial data analysis and processes. In particular, her research has focused on studying cities’ and regions socio-spatial dynamics making the Geographic Information System an essential instrument of investigation. A recent publication of interest is ‘The geography of film production in Italy: A spatial analysis using GIS’ in Locating the Moving Image. New Approaches to Film and Place (ed. by J. Hallam and L. Roberts, 2013).