40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts
This panel seeks to examine the concept and meaning of the term "terrorism," and to explore the very many diverse and contradictory depictions of its enactment in films from around the globe, throughout film history, and across cinematic genres. In this, we will investigate the cultural, historical and social moments that created these films and study the perceived impact and reception of these films by their spectators, and the many differing contexts within which the varied terminology of terrorism enters into filmic language and is delivered to movie audiences. As J. David Slocum points out, there is “an inextricable relation between political violence as a complex category of action and mediation as a process of framing such actions and perceptions of their meaning.” This mediation of the concept of terrorism as it has appeared in film intertwines and conflates itself with notions and representations of nationalism, identity, gender and hegemony, crossing through varied filmic texts. The significance of this panel is mirrored not only in current international political discourses which seek to produce and disseminate particular culturally derived definitions of “terrorism,” but also through the recent abundance of 21st century films that then frame these politicized concepts and deliver them to audiences. This panel, then, will open up a discussion of the ways in which ideas and representations of terrorism have permeated the history of film, reflecting and resonating with the ever-changing cultures and technologies that produce, cope with, and seek to understand political violence.
Send 250-300-word abstracts to Rebecca Fine Romanow, University of Rhode Island @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include with your abstract: your name and affiliation, postal
address, and A/V requirements, if any.
Deadline: Sept 15, 2008
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