Deadline for submissions: extended to June 1, 2011
Submissions are still welcome for an edited volume (under discussion with two academic presses) that addresses the topic of cinema after exile in contexts ranging from classical Hollywood to contemporary global cinema. For the purposes of this volume, exile will be defined broadly to include émigrés, expatriates, refugees, and internal exiles such as indigenous peoples.
The history of cinema charts multiple histories of exile. From White Russians in 1920s Paris to the German émigrés in 1930s Hollywood to blacklisted Americans in 1950s Europe, these histories have had a profound impact on the evolution of cinematic narratives and aesthetics. But while the effect of exile and diaspora on film practice has been fruitfully explored from both historical and contemporary perspectives, as in Hamid Naficy’s Accented Cinema, the issues raised by return have yet to be fully considered.
This volume will contribute to broader debates concerning transnational cinema by addressing the questions raised by reverse migration and the return home in a variety of historical and national contexts. After years spent working in different modes of production, how do exiled filmmakers adapt to the industrial context of their home countries? Given the opportunity to once again address an audience of compatriots, what issues do they choose to prioritize in their films of return? How do their years of exile affect their domestic critical reception?
This volume seeks to investigate these and similar questions from a range of historical, methodological, and theoretical perspectives. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Post-exilic artistic reinvention
• The “homecoming” (i.e. reception) of films made in exile
• Case studies of individual productions
• Cinematic narratives of return
• The politics of exile and return
• The imagination of home and cinematic space
• The reintegration of exilic identity
• Theorizations of mobility
Please submit proposals of 250-300 words, plus a short bio., to Rebecca Prime (firstname.lastname@example.org) by June 1st.
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