Call for Papers: Permanent Conference Session on French Cultural Issues "Sites/Sights of Cultural Conflict: Re-examining the City in French and Francophone Film"
Mathieu Kassovitz, director of the groundbreaking film La Haine, said the following during a 1996 interview about his film: “We made it known that we were trying to show the reality of France. People think of Paris as the city of love or the city of light, but where you got love you got hate, where you got light you got darkness.”
Following the 2014 MMLA conference theme of “The Lives of Cities,” we invite submissions on all aspects of the representation of the city as a site/sight of cultural conflict in French and Francophone Film. How do such representations expose old stereotypes? How does film reflect the diversity and rawness of the lived experiences of citizens?
Please submit abstracts of 250-300 words to Scott Sheridan (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than June 15, 2014. Selected papers will require attendance at the 2014 Conference of the Midwest Modern Language Association, held Nov. 13-16 in Detroit, Michigan. The organizing chair of the session expects to pursue independently an edited volume, and all abstracts received will be considered for the volume.
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