CFP Multivoicedness in European Cinema (Ireland)

Multivoicedness in European Cinema: Representation, Industry, Politics
ECREA Film Studies Section Conference
10th and 11th November, 2017
University College Cork, Ireland

European cinema has evolved from a homogenous and selective object of study, mostly shaped by frameworks of national industry, identity and culture, to a much more diversified field, reflecting the shift to a post-colonial, post-communist, post-national, globalised Europe. In the context of an increasingly diverse but also split society, in which social polarisation is on the increase due to the crisis of the Eurozone and the decline of the welfare states, and in which popularism and nationalisms are on the rise, resulting in the strengthening of the Fortress Europe project, this conference aims to turn the spotlight on the less-represented and less-audible voices in European cinema in all its forms: fiction, documentary, mainstream, art house, independent, exploitation, art film. With an inclusive focus encompassing issues of production, distribution and reception, of representation and of form, of dissent and of control, the conference invites contributions that engage from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches with the politics of difference and with the representation and/or expression of alternative viewpoints in European films / in films made in Europe.

Abstracts are invited on topics related to Multivoicedness in European Cinema, including but not limited to:

  • Multivoicedness in national and transnational European cinemas
  • Peripheries, borders, and grey areas: falling between the cracks, speaking from the margins
  • Ethics and/or aesthetics of alternative voices
  • Audiodescription, subtitling and dubbing of multivoiced films
  • Cultural and market negotiations: translating cultures, crossing borders
  • Participation, dissent, resistance: audiences, politics, and public discourse
  • Alternative European cinemas and the global market
  • Other voices: niche markets, new forms of consumption
  • Deterritorialising identities, becoming migrant/minoritarian
  • Polyglot cinema: speaking from multiple subject positions
  • Genders and genres: decentering and in-betweennes
  • Alternative film festivals and other cinemas
  • Speaking in tongues: the audiences of multivoiced films
  • Queering European cinema
  • Nonfiction and commitment: documenting the silenced subject
  • Speaking for oneself: multiple forms of first-person filmmaking
  • Transnational, cosmopolitan, global: what European cinema
  • A continent in motion: multiple commitments, divided belonging
  • The New Europeans in films / making films
  • Margins of industrial practices, alternative forms of production, distribution and reception
  • Speaking parts: person, character, actor, star

Submission deadline: May 2nd 2017.

CFP Early Cinema in the Balkans and Near East (Greece)

Early Cinema in the Balkans and the Near East: Beginnings to Interwar Period
Athens, Greece: 5-7 June, 2015
Hellenic Open University
Hyperion University Bucharest and Istanbul Sehir University
Altcine and Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies

CALL FOR PAPERS
This conference aims to broaden the geo-cultural scope of early film studies by providing a forum for scholarship on early and silent cinema in the Balkans and the Near East. These geopolitical designations are to be taken heuristically, as temporary placeholders for conceptual mappings that remain to be developed and that this conference seeks to encourage.

A key common denominator between these otherwise diverse areas in (film) historical terms is that the arrival of the moving pictures finds them in varying stages of transition away from the Ottoman imperial system. The post-Ottoman transition was characterized by intermediate geopolitical formations that no longer exist, though they remain controversial, and by a high degree of overlap between imperial, national, and colonial jurisdictions.

These are critical issues that contribute to the under-representation of the Balkans and the Near East in early film studies. It is broadly known that the Balkans and the Near East feature prominently in early Western cinema’s orientalist imaginary and have stocked Western film companies’ catalogues with filmed “views.” Scholarship on these issues is still scarce, however, and these areas, as producers and consumers of early cinema, are virtually non-existent in film studies. Understanding the impediments to scholarship and mapping out focus areas for investigation can make for exciting and paradigm-changing scholarship.

With this potential in mind, the conference committee welcomes presentation proposals from university-, museum- and archive-affiliated scholars, as well as from independent researchers. In addition to showcasing developments in research, the conference should be an inviting environment for building collegial ties with a view to future archival, historical, and theoretical work. The broader objective is for this event to become the first step towards a transnational community of scholars working on early and silent cinema in and about the Balkans and the Near East across new media and multiple platforms.

A selection of the conference papers will be published in an edited Special Issue of Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies.

Sample Topics
§ Periodization: pre-history; introduction of sound; the meaning of “earliness” in the geocultural space in question; etc.
§ Production: the meaning of domestic (local, regional, indigenous, etc.) and national; genres; personnel; organizations; economics; etc.
§ Exhibition practices and contexts: intertitles and commentators; open-air venues and fairgrounds; travelling cinematographers-projectionists; urban venues; distribution; etc.
§ Regulation: censorship; film trade agreements; diplomacy; quota systems; litigation; professional associations; etc.
§ Imports: networks; markets; economics; etc.
§ Specialized press and other cinema-related writing: star and fan discourses; reviewing; advertizing and marketing; audience research; etc.
§ Reception: spectatorship (gender, class, ethnicity, etc.); translation and appropriation; cultural politics; etc.
§ Intermediality: film and oral or print cultures; film and photography, film and theater, film and music; film and shadow-play (shadow-puppet theater), film and mass commercial print genres; film and non-Western pictorial or other systems of (re)presentation; etc.
§ Comparative approaches: comparative film histories; comparative aesthetics; metropolitan vs. peripheral early cinema; trans-national, sub-national, trans-local approaches; etc.
§ Film and history: film and war; film and national histories; film and colonialism; film between empires; film and society; propaganda and ideology; fiction and event; etc.
§ Theory: film and the nation(al); geopoetics and national poetics; post-Ottoman and post-colonial transitions; “mimicry;” coloniality; genre theory; gender; orientalism; alternative theorizations; etc.
§ Archives and other institutions of cultural heritage: public education; access; preservation; etc.

The conference will be conducted in the English language.

Keynote speakers:
· Prof. Dina Iordanova (University of St Andrews, UK)
· Prof. Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University, USA)
· Prof. Hamid Naficy (Northwestern University, USA)

Proposal submission deadline: October 31, 2014
Proposal length: 300 words + short BIO

Registration: 30€ (university faculty)—15€ (students and unaffiliated researchers). Free and open to the public.

Contact & Submissions

Conference Committee:
Emmanuel Arkolakis
Canan Balan
Maria Chalkou
Vassiliki Tsitsopoulou
Marian Tutui

Fordham job ads

Fordham University
Department of Communication and Media Studies
2 open positions: Department Chair and Assistant Professor

Fordham University invites applications for positions of department chair and assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies.  The department is currently in an exciting process of growth, including the curricular revision and expansion of undergraduate and graduate programs.  Both positions require a Ph.D. in communication, media studies, film studies, or a related area, and an active research program. The chair position requires distinguished scholarship, significant administrative experience, dynamic academic leadership, and excellent teaching.  The assistant professor position requires a promising research agenda and evidence of excellent teaching.  Those with a specialization in international/transnational/global communication are encouraged to apply, and an ability to teach research methods is highly desirable.  Complete job description is here. Submit application to cms AT fordham.edu with a cover letter, c.v., sample scholarship, and names of three references with contact information.  Application review begins for chair on October 15 and for assistant professor on November 15, 2012.  For information, contact Dr. Fred Wertz (wertz AT fordham.edu).

Fordham is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds.  Fordham is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Hebrew U job ad

THE HEBREW UNIVERSITY OF JERUSALEM
Department of Communication and Journalism
Tenure-Track Research and Teaching Position

The Noah Mozes Department of Communication and Journalism at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites outstanding candidates to apply for a tenure-track position starting Fall, 2012. Applicants should hold a Ph.D., or expect to be awarded a doctoral degree by September 2012. Post-doctoral experience is desirable. We particularly encourage applicants with strong research records in the fields of new media, film studies and political communication, although excellent candidates in all areas of communications are invited to apply. The language of instruction is Hebrew, although English is acceptable for an initial period.

Applications should include:
*Curriculum vitae
*An academic biography (2 pages) outlining research interests and plans
*Details of at least two persons who have been asked to send letters of recommendation
*Copies of selected recent publications
*Brief description of potential courses
*Teaching evaluations (if such exist)

Applicants will compete with candidates of other departments in the Faculty of Social Sciences for academic positions. Application materials and/or inquiries should be directed to:

Prof. Menahem Blondheim, Chair (mblond@huji.ac.il).
Department of Communication and Journalism
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mount Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel

Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the above address, or to mblond@huji.ac.il.

Deadline for applications: September 15th 2011.

Univ Central Missouri job ad

The University of Central Missouri’s Department of Communication invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position at the assistant professor level to teach courses in film studies and related areas with an appointment date effective for the 2011-2012 academic year. Along with teaching responsibilities, academic advising, departmental committee assignments, research/creative activities, and professionally-related service are required. Successful candidates will have expertise in film studies, film history, production, and at least one of the following areas: media industries in an international context, cultural studies, screenwriting, or digital media. Experience in digital film production a plus, as is evidence of quality teaching.

Qualifications: ABD considered, Ph.D. in Film Studies or a related field is preferred and necessary for tenure. The standard teaching load is 12 hours per semester, and teaching responsibilities would include Film Appreciation, History of American Film, Single Camera Dramatic Production, and Screenplay Writing, plus other possible courses in Multimedia or Video Production (production classes use digital video with editing facilities in both Avid and Final Cut Pro). There may be chances to contribute new courses to the curriculum in areas of the candidate’s specialty, and possible summer employment opportunities exist.

Priority consideration will be to applications received by May 1, 2011, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply: complete an on-line faculty profile at jobs.ucmo.edu and apply for position #998430. Attach to the faculty profile a letter of application addressing the candidates qualifications for the position, a vita, teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, and contact information for at least 3 references. For information about the on-line application process contact Human Resources at jobs@ucmo.edu or (600) 543-4255. For more information about the position contact Dr. Barbara L. Baker at bbaker@ucmo.edu or (660) 543-8625.

The University of Central Missouri is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse community and strongly encourages applications from women and historically underrepresented groups. UCM’s 1,561-acre campus is located in Warrensburg, a town of nearly 17,000 residents located 50 miles southeast of Kansas City. Classes also are offered at the UCM Summit Center located in Lee’s Summit. Some 2,183 graduate and 9,168 undergraduate students from 40 states and 56 nations attend classes on the UCM campus. UCM offers 150 programs of study leading to an associate’s degree, certificate, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, education specialist degree, or cooperative doctorate