Please circulate the following call for papers for the Annual American Literature Association Conference which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 1-4, 2010.
Call for papers:"The Possibility / Impossibility of a National Cinema," for the Annual American Comparative
Literature Association Conference which will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana, on April 1-4, 2010.
To submit a paper proposal for this seminar, "The Possibility / Impossibility of a National Cinema," please go to http://www.acla.org/acla2010/?page_id=6. Proposals need to be submitted by November 13, 2009. If you have questions about the seminar, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The Possibility / Impossibility of a National Cinema
* Seminar Organizer: Ozgur Cicek, SUNY Binghamton
Within the complexities of globalization and immense mobilization, cinema, more than anything else moves across boundaries and travels the world in international film festivals. At that point, national cinematic codes (if there is a way to define a cinematic code as national?) and cultural commodities, cross boundaries, reach diasporas, interact with different codes of narration and create the grounds for transnational cinema. However, this definition ignores the question of the possibility or the impossibility of a national cinema within specific borders, and under specific titles like “British Cinema”, “German Cinema” or “Turkish Cinema”. From this standpoint, this seminar will explore the current dynamics in national cinemas. We will focus on the films of diasporic filmmakers, subnational ethnic communities, co-productions and discuss how these films complicate matters about the term “national cinema.”
Suggested paper topics include but are not limited to:
* National and transnational cinema
* Diasporic Film-making
* Cinema and ethnicity
* Transnational and international stardom
* Foreign language film-making
* Bilingual or multilingual film-making
* Co-productions – international productions
* Auteur cinema as national cinema
* Genre and mid-genre
* Copyright and distribution
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