The GPO Film Unit provided Britain with its first self-consciously national cinema. The Unit set out to document the systems, rhythms, and spaces through which the modern world functioned. Throughout their work, GPO film-makers also made a significant contribution to how the relationship between British identities - local, regional, national and imperial - was perceived.
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers from a range of disciplines which consider the GPO Film Unit's presentation of these different configurations of British identity in the period 1933-45. Possible themes include:
* Imperialism and internationalism;
* the impact of new communications on centre-periphery relations;
* the place of science and technology in the inter-war imagination;
* collectivism and corporatism;
* design and national industries;
* rhythm and the modern world;
* visual and aural vernaculars;
* the development of ‘official’ cinema.
Proposals should take the form of a 200-word abstract and a short biography.
The conference is scheduled to take place 25-6 September 2009.
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