Founded in April 2013, KINÉTRACES is an association of young researchers applying a historical perspective to cinema and media studies.
We decided to work together because each of us is writing a dissertation involving the analysis of archival resources. Initially a group of doctoral students at the Insitut de Recherche sur le Cinéma et l'Audiovisuel at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, our association is expanding and seeks participation from a variety of researchers, graduate students and post-doctoral students, united by a common interest in film history and archives.
A fundamental tool for film history, archives form the basis of each of our individual research projects. Even though our thesis topics are quite diverse—members are currently studying everything from the influence of a production company in India to the representation of criminal justice in postwar French cinema—we all employ various archives (film and non-film) and their associated methodologies in our research.
We aim to create new opportunites for students doing archival research and take advantage of each other's strengths and expertise in our regular activites, including but not limited to:
- Monthly meetings
- A one day conference to be held at the end of 2013
- A film series at the Cinémathèque Universitaire at Université Paris 3
- A guide to film archives in France compiled our members