Hollywood films have dominated the world's silver screens since World War I. Endeavoring in the shadows of Hollywood; global cinemas have employed myriad economic and aesthetic strategies to compete with Hollywood's hegemony. Likewise, national cinemas with government support have attempted to foster domestic film production as a method of combating imported mass culture and its effects on national identity. However, the intervention of international capital, technology, and personnel has affected the purity of national cinemas. This conference will explore questions of cultural identity within the transnational contexts of film production, representation, and reception, both historically and currently.
The conference solicits a broad range of papers representing diverse geographical focuses and methodological approaches. Papers which problematic notions of national and regional cinema are especially encouraged.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following:
National cinemas, representation, and the construction of national identity
Transnational film stars and directors
Reception of Hollywood and/or national cinemas abroad
National cinemas and propaganda during wartime and peace
Transnational racial discourses and global cinemas
Subcultures and national cinemas
Please submit abstracts of papers (250 words) and of panels, including abstracts of each paper.
Final program decisions will be made by December 6, 1999. Selected conference papers will be published in a special issue of The Southern Quarterly.
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