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(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.

Papers may take a single film focus or make comparative considerations, and can take a theoretical or historical approach. Examples or suggested topics might include papers that examine the following areas in a single film, several films, or national cinemas:

Genre studies in world cinema (Horror, Comedy, etc.)

  • Film movements (New Wave, directors, films)
  • Exploring representations of race, ethnicity, and gender in fiction or non-fiction film
  • Representations of wars, borders, national characters and ideologies
  • Social or political commentary
  • National cinemas (Africa, Japan, etc.)
  • Documentaries
  • Technological and economic considerations/developments
  • Comparative anlayses between world and Hollywood film
  • Third World Cinema

These ideas are suggestions only so any topic would be welcomed.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract and brief bio (2-3 sentences, including rank and affiliation and contact information) to: Dr. William Verrone: weverrone_at_una.edu; Please put “Global Film” in subject line. Deadline for submission is October 1, 2008. Proposals from graduate students are welcomed. The University of North Alabama Conference on Global Film will be held March 5-8, 2009, in historic Florence, Alabama.

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