Recently there has been a wellspring of scholarly work focusing on the relationship between cinema and landscape (including a conference held at the University of Sheffield in 2010, and two edited collections published 2009 and 2012). Having presented on the subject of the animated landscape at the Sheffield conference and having contributed a chapter on the same subject for the most recent edited collection, I feel well positioned to develop this discourse further. What is clear is that while there is a definite desire to critically interrogate this connection, between landscape and cinema, there remains a considerable blind spot in the shape of animated landscapes.
In short, therefore, the ambition of this edited collection is to provide a space in which discussion concerning the animated landscape, in all its various forms, might be framed. I donít want to impose unnecessary limitations on what potential contributors might wish to write about; however, mapping out a few tentative areas of focus may help you get a clearer picture of what I have in mind:
Background versus landscape
The politics of place
The politics of control (especially in relation to interactive animated spaces)
Indie/Avant-Garde animated landscapes
This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it should serve to get the ball rolling - and I absolutely welcome suggestions for chapters that might engage with a topic/approach not listed above.
It is also worth noting that I have a strong expression of interest from the publisher McFarland. Obviously McFarland will want to see the proposal again once I have the abstracts for the suggested chapters in place, but they seem very keen at this stage.
So, in the interests of striking while the proverbial iron is still hot, please can you send your 250 word (max) abstracts to me by 31 August, 2013, if you would like to be considered for inclusion. (If you would like to just send me an email in the first instance to run an idea by me that is perfectly fine.)
All communication should be directed to my work email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to reading your ideas!!
Lecturer in Film and Digital Media
Canterbury Christ Church University
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