A Special Issue of the New Review of Film and Television Studies :
"Appropriation/Antagonism/Alternatives: Mediterranean Film and TV
beyond America", Autumn 2010
Guest Editors: Dr. Daniela Treveri-Gennari (Oxford Brookes, UK) Dr.
Nick Potamitis (Birmingham, UK)
Despite the predominance of US popular culture on European screens,
audiences around the Mediterranean have long popularised movies and television drama from places as far afield as Latin America and South East Asia, and from regions as disparate as the Balkans and the Middle East. Recent scholarship has begun to explore both Hollywood's continued global currency as well as the critical and commercial challenge posed by non-US film and television in the countries of the Mediterranean, but the majority of work thus far has tended to focus on specific national situations in isolation. Exploring the transnational context in which vernacular perspectives and practices
crisscross the region's coastlines, this special issue will open up new ways of thinking about moving image culture in the Mediterranean and its' rapidly changing economies and influences. Industry analysis, reception studies and archive research that explore the commonalities between Southern European, North African and Middle Eastern film and television are welcome, as are case studies of regional co-productions; star mobility and fandom; the impact of migration on audiences and industries; discourses of Mediterraneanism; alternative exhibition practices and the role of technology in "glocal" networks
of cultural exchange and circulation.
The editors invite contributors to submit abstracts of no more than 200 words and a short bio by 30 November 2008.
Selected authors will be asked to submit completed articles of no more than 9,000 words by 31 January 2009
Potential contributors should feel free to query about the appropriateness of any proposed topic or methodology. Generally, however, the guest editors seek a broad range of topics and comparative approaches that can capture the complex interactions of Mediterranean audiences and industries with international film and television.
Send all abstracts and submissions as attachments in a MSWord file format to:
dtreveri-gennari[at]brookes.ac.uk and n.y.potamitis[at]bham.ac.uk
The New Review of Film and Television Studies promotes current research making a central contribution to film and television studies. Rather than endorse a particular doctrine or fixed agenda, the journal publishes research dedicated to clearly formulated, reliable methods of analysis, well posed questions examining resolvable problems, and focused deliberation on those problems. The journal is driven by the belief that intellectually rigorous research in the humanities is both possible and necessary.
Dr. N. Y. Potamitis
Honorary Research Fellow
Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies
University of Birmingham
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