REDISCOVERING POLISH CINEMA:
HISTORY – IDEOLOGY – POLITICS
TO BE HELD 23-25 OCTOBER 2006 IN ŁÓDŹ (POLAND)
Various transformations in the social and cultural landscape have been reshaping the way Polish cinema is understood, yet still there is little clarity about its position within the area of politics and ideology. The central theme of the conference addresses issues arising from these complex relations in both the past and the present of Polish cinema.
The aim of the conference is to inspire incite dialogues, strengthen research networks centered on the subject, and provide an opportunity for scholars and students from all parts of the world to meet and debate on the following topics:
the role of cinema in the public sphere
representations of history - the uses of the past to define/transform collective memory
propaganda in newsreels and broadcast media
reframing “auteur cinema” in terms of its relationship towards politics
the role of autobiography as a narrative strategy
the influence of government sponsorship on production and distribution
state censorship – subordination and dissent
cinema as a tool for constructing and solidifying (or unmasking and undermining) the claims of dominant ideologies
religion and spirituality as repressed issues
class and gender identities
stereotypic images of other nations and ethnic minorities
marginalized or under-represented viewpoints and experiences
strategies of discord in Polish avant-garde and amateur cinema
the growing recognition of diverse audience cultures and subcultures
cultural and political tensions within the contemporary society as viewed by Polish filmmakers
a critical revision of existing accounts of Polish cinema
We encourage contributions from participants representing various theoretical, philosophical and political approaches.
Papers comparing Polish cinema with case studies from other regions of East and Central Europe are also welcome.
The conference will be held at the University of Lodz, The Biedermann Palace (ul. Franciszkanska 1/5, Lodz; http://free.art.pl/ktltf). The nearby Conference Centre (ul. Kopcinskiego 16/18; http://www.csk.uni.lodz.pl) provides accommodation. There is a direct airway from London to Łódź
Conference fee is 120 EURO and covers admissions to all sessions, conference materials, accommodation, opening reception, meals and refreshments.
Every effort will be made to reduce conference costs; this, however, is subject to the availability of funding. At the present stage University of Lodz is unfortunately unable to assist its guests financially. Participants are strongly encouraged to seek funding from national and international sources to cover travel and accommodation expenses.
Papers (of approximately 20 minutes' length) can be delivered in English or Polish (if necessary, simultaneous translation will be provided).
Deadline for proposals is 15 April 2006. They should include a 100-500 word abstract of the paper (preferably MS Word attachments) plus a short bio (contact details and institutional/departmental affiliation).
We will do our best to publish a volume of texts presented at the conference.
Further enquiries should be addressed to the organizers. More information, including details of venues and special screenings, will be available in June 2006 and sent directly to the participants.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE CONFERENCE!
Dr Konrad Klejsa
Department of Audio-Visual Culture
University of Lodz
ul. Franciszkanska 1/5
91-431 Lodz, Poland
fax. (48 42) 66 55 133
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