Europe in cinema.
Questions of the production and the reception of European cinema
Under the Editorship of Delphine Bénézet and Vincent Bouchard
After more than a century of cinematic production, Europe remains one of the main centres of this activity. In the context of globalization in which hybridisation is legion, what is happening in film?
After theorists such as Benedict Anderson and Michèle Lagny have questioned the idea of national cinema, is it still possible to think of each country’s cinema in independent terms? Does any coherence exist in European cinematic production? To what extent can common denominators be defined for this work? Is it possible, for instance, to constitute a homogeneous aesthetic pole in opposition to North American cinema, or to other forms of film elsewhere in the world?
On the other hand, European film has spread throughout the world. What kinds of hybrids does such cultural métissage produce? Are these examples of fruitful cooperation between other cinematic traditions, or rather of cultural imperialism?
For its fourth issue, Post-Scriptum.ORG proposes reflections on the production and reception of European cinema. What is particular to cinema in Europe, to cinema and Europe, and to cinema that speaks of Europe? What stakes come to light in Europe, whether economic or cultural, when one looks at the techniques that make and transform cinema?
This reflection may include the following topics:
Europeans and film; culture and cinema in Europe; positioning national cinema in Europe; cinematic politics in Europe; Hybridisation of film from Europe and the Americas; European cultural hegemony in film, etc.
You are invited to send a one-page proposal by 1 December 2003.
A conference on this topic will take place on Friday 30 January 2004 at the Université de Montréal: please indicate in your proposal whether you wish to participate in the conference.
The articles are due on 28 February 2004, for publication in Spring 2004.
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