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Beyond the boundary: vernacular mapping and the sharing of historical authority

Chapter


Abstract


  • For the past ten years, a substantial international community of cinema

    historians has been drawing attention to factors that traditional cinema

    studies had a tendency to overlook: first, that wherever cinema attendance

    is a social habit, it is not exclusively or even strongly shaped by

    the content of films themselves, but by the attractions and distractions

    of public cultural participation; and second, that what is social is also

    inevitably spatial. Surviving evidence of the mass commercial orchestration

    of cinema as a cultural practice has offered digital historians a

    gold-edged invitation to count, to measure, to analyze, to aggregate, and

    above all to map. Several project teams internationally, some of which

    are featured in this book, have spent years developing large-scale digital

    collections of historical data related to cinemagoing and have been doing

    so in a way that increases the potential to share commonly managed data

    across collections. The potential of this kind of global collaboration in the

    humanities is dazzling; it tempts us to imagine an “histoire totale” of cinema

    attendance founded on rigorous analysis of statistically significant

    changes to the routines of commercial, political, and social regulation of

    cinema markets worldwide, over more than a century. The opportunity to

    build capacity for this kind of panoptic overview is surely equal to those in

    which we have treated the history of films and their production as matters

    of industrial scale or presumed wide cultural impact.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Bowles, K. (2013). Beyond the boundary: vernacular mapping and the sharing of historical authority. In J. Hallam & L. Roberts (Eds.), Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place (pp. 221-244). United States: Indiana University Press.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84942636453

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1327

Book Title


  • Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place

Start Page


  • 221

End Page


  • 244

Abstract


  • For the past ten years, a substantial international community of cinema

    historians has been drawing attention to factors that traditional cinema

    studies had a tendency to overlook: first, that wherever cinema attendance

    is a social habit, it is not exclusively or even strongly shaped by

    the content of films themselves, but by the attractions and distractions

    of public cultural participation; and second, that what is social is also

    inevitably spatial. Surviving evidence of the mass commercial orchestration

    of cinema as a cultural practice has offered digital historians a

    gold-edged invitation to count, to measure, to analyze, to aggregate, and

    above all to map. Several project teams internationally, some of which

    are featured in this book, have spent years developing large-scale digital

    collections of historical data related to cinemagoing and have been doing

    so in a way that increases the potential to share commonly managed data

    across collections. The potential of this kind of global collaboration in the

    humanities is dazzling; it tempts us to imagine an “histoire totale” of cinema

    attendance founded on rigorous analysis of statistically significant

    changes to the routines of commercial, political, and social regulation of

    cinema markets worldwide, over more than a century. The opportunity to

    build capacity for this kind of panoptic overview is surely equal to those in

    which we have treated the history of films and their production as matters

    of industrial scale or presumed wide cultural impact.

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Bowles, K. (2013). Beyond the boundary: vernacular mapping and the sharing of historical authority. In J. Hallam & L. Roberts (Eds.), Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place (pp. 221-244). United States: Indiana University Press.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84942636453

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1327

Book Title


  • Locating the Moving Image: New Approaches to Film and Place

Start Page


  • 221

End Page


  • 244