In her 1985 Screen article, “Marginal Cinemas and Mainstream Critical Theory,” Julianne Burton Carvajal argued persuasively that Latin American cinema’s aesthetics and production practices, falling outside the norms of dominant cultural production, have remained largely ignored by “mainstream critical theory,” resulting in a “dissociation” that has reflected the “asymmetrical nature of cultural exchange” around the world and across the Americas (4). Some two decades later, scholars of Latin American cinema must consider whether enough has been done to remediate this “critical underdevelopment” and whether cinematic production and aesthetics still reflect the world-system divisions. To what extent have new-media technologies furthered or bridged these divides? To what extent can critical examination of Latin American documentary shed light on these and equally crucial issues? And , looking both forward and back in time, might these issues influence the shapes of world film and Latin American film histories?
Please join the conversations this November 8th through the 12th at the Dolce Center in Dallas, Texas, in the Latin American area during the 2006 Film & History conference. This year’s conference theme is “The Documentary Tradition,” after Lewis Jacobs’ classic reader. The “documentary traditions” of Latin American cinema are indeed rich and worthy of further examination and discussion, as are the progressive innovations. All panel and paper topics related to the histories of and surrounding Latin American documentary are welcome.
Deadline for proposals is August 15th, 2006.
Please send your queries or panel/paper proposals to
Dr. Scott L. Baugh (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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