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Posts from — August 2008

The banality and populism of film criticism

Well… as William Leith of The Guardian asks (and answers) rhetorically, Izgnanie (The Banishment) is the most Russian film ever made. Leith explains it as what it is not — a Hollywood film. Thus, lack of familiarity defines what Russian cinema is. [Read more →]

August 29, 2008   1 Comment  

Cultural imperialism, Bollywood style

A 1997 paper by Brian Larkin for Samar pointed at the reasons why Bollywood films were popular with the Hausas in Nigeria.

For over forty years, African audiences have been watching Indian movies. In places such as [Read more →]

August 27, 2008   No Comments  

Turkeywood and Hari Puttar? Damn ’em Subaltern cinema

The headlines in western newspapers put it quite succinctly: “Warner set to tackle Mumbai’s Hari Puttar” (CBC);  “Bollywood sued over ‘Hari Puttar'” (news.com.au). The fuss is over what Warner considers as intellectual property transgression of its lucrative Harry Potter franchise.

Hari Puttar vs Harry Potter

Hari Puttar vs Harry Potter

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August 26, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Edited collection on the zombie

We are seeking proposals for an interdisciplinary edited volume discussing the zombie from a wide variety of perspectives and within a wide range of contexts. We encourage submissions from any discipline, including but not limited to English literature, film studies, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, queer studies, philosophy, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, economics, and [Read more →]

August 25, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Alternative World Cinema, UBC Cinephile Journal

‘Far From Hollywood’

Alternative World Cinema

Call For Papers-UBC Cinephile [

August 25, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) American Independent Cinema conference, Liverpool

Liverpool, UK, 8 – 9 May 2009

An international conference co-organised by Claire Molloy (Liverpool John Moores University) and Yannis Tzioumakis (University of Liverpool). Keynote Speakers: Warren Buckland (Oxford Brookes University), Geoff [Read more →]

August 25, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Sexual Fetishes and/in Literature and Film

Sexual Fetishes and/in Literature and Film

  • Date of Publication: July 2009
  • Date of Colloquium: 1-3 May 2009 (Paris)
  • Submissions beginning NOW, ending: 13 October 2008 [Read more →]

August 25, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Edited Collection on LGBTQ Identity in Non Western Worlds

Edited by Christopher Pullen

Proposals are invited for essays forming part of a new reader focusing on LGBT and queer identity in the developing and non western world, apparent within varying documentary forms, such as film, television and new media. [Read more →]

August 25, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Representation of the US South in Post 1970 Cinema

This is a call for new essays for an edited collection on representations of the South and southerners in films produced since 1970. Topics might include (but are not limited to) southerners “abroad,” “foreigners” in the South, commercialization of southern culture, issues of authenticity and exploitation, environment and ecology, complications of traditional southern images, and developing trends in gender and/or racial [Read more →]

August 25, 2008   No Comments  

(CFP) Conference on Global Film, University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama Conference on Global Film invites proposals on any aspect of world cinema. Proposals should consider some area of the intersection among film, society, and culture, exploring films as social and historical artifacts of the culture and nation from which they arise, as well as the role played by film in constructing, shaping, and re-imagining issues of nationhood, nationality, and transnationalism. [Read more →]

August 25, 2008   No Comments