Darryl Wiggers | 1 Nov 21:18 2008

call for papers on German cinema

From: Terri Ginsberg <t.ginsberg.1 <at> alumni.nyu.edu>

Call for Papers on German Cinema
(German version below)

Paper submissions are invited for the new Blackwell Companion to  
German Cinema.  This forthcoming scholarly collection will integrate  
an array of topics and theoretical approaches representing current  
developments in German filmmaking and studies.  Recognizing the  
field’s interdisciplinary breadth, the Companion seeks intellectual  
inclusiveness and welcomes articles from diverse academic and national  
locations.  Its aim is to (re)situate German cinema and its scholarly  
pursuit, both recent and historical, on the map of international  
cultural studies, by soliciting critical explorations of areas not  
limited to:

· New directors
· (Post)-DDR cinema
· New queer cinema / masculinities
· Cinema studies as a discipline in Germany
· Germanophone filmmaking outside Germany (Austria, Switzerland)
· Recuperative and revisionist interpretations of the Nazi era /  
persistent interest in Leni Riefenstahl and propaganda films
· Revisionist preoccupation with radical politics of the 1960s–1970s,  
the Baader-Meinhof Gang/RAF in particular
· Jewish cinema / Holocaust film
· New German Cinema revisited / ongoing works of former NGC directors
· 1950s films / popular cinema / genres
· Weimar cinema revisited / renewed attention to Kracauer and the  
Frankfurt School
(Continue reading)

Darryl Wiggers | 1 Nov 21:18 2008

CFP "Avengers on Film" and "The Documentary"

From: smorr <at> cineaction.ca

CFP Issue #77 CineAction

CineAction is an international film journal published three times a  
year from Toronto, Canada.. Each issue is edited by a member of the  
editorial collective, and is usually themed. Issue #77, due to be  
published in May 2009, has two. It will look at the current phenomenon  
whereby genres once deemed marginal have come to play an increasingly  
dominant role in the popular movie industry.

AVENGERS ON FILM: Comic Book Heroes and Villains  This theme looks at  
the rapidly escalating popularity and presence  of films based on  
comic book superheroes. Investigations of form and analyses of content  
are both welcome.
THE DOCUMENTARY  As a counterpoint to the first theme, the issue will  
also look at the escalating popularity of what could be seen as its  
antithesis, the documentary film.

This issue will be edited by Susan Morrison. It would be appreciated  
if a brief proposal be submitted as early as possible as an indication  
of intention to submit. Please address all queries and submissions to  
the issue?s editor: smorr <at> cineaction.ca

Submission in hard copy should be mailed to the editor at 314 Spadina  
Road  Toronto On Canada M5R 2V6
The deadline for submission is March 1, 2009.

Darryl Wiggers | 3 Nov 15:08 2008

Flow Journal, Vol. 9, Issue 1 now online

From: flow <at> uts.cc.utexas.edu


We want to let you know that the new issue of Flow: A Critical Forum on
Television and Media Culture is available at http://flowtv.org.

This issue features columns from Jeffrey Sconce, Priscilla Peña  
Ovalle, Michael
Z. Newman, Martin Roberts, and Michael Kackman.

This issue's columns in brief:

"A Specter is Haunting Television Studies" by Jeffrey Sconce
An examination of what media studies and the current financial crisis  
have in

"Viva Viagra! Or, How Race Dances Around Erectile Dysfunction" by  
Priscilla Peña
Ovalle (http://flowtv.org/?p=2128):
A look at how the fabricated white-by-default world of Viagra and its  
equation are racialized.

"The Bronz Fonz: Public Art/Popular Culture in Milwaukee, Wisconsin"  
by Michael
Z. Newman (http://flowtv.org/?p=2100):
An exploration of Wisconsin’s monument to the Fonz of Happy Days.
(Continue reading)

Darryl Wiggers | 4 Nov 07:21 2008

CFP: Adaptation: Film, Literature, Culture

From: Lynnea Chapman King <lynneaking <at> hotmail.com>

Adaptation: Film, Literature, Culture

Submission due date, December 1, 2008; Register by November 15 for  
reduced registration rate.

Southwest/Texas Popular Culture/American Culture Association 30th Annual
Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Join us February 24-28, 2009, at
The Hyatt Regency Conference Hotel, downtown Albuquerque.

The Adaptation Area this year encompasses traditional approaches to
adaptation, including
*adaptation theory
*novel to film adaptation
*film to film adaptation
*genre adaptation (homage and parody)
*stage to screen adaptation (excluding Shakespeare)
*video games, songs, cartoons, and even Disney rides to film adaptation

as well as a broader interpretation of the term adaptation, films which
translate culture into cinema through adaptations of
*the American West
*political or religious ideology
*race, gender, sexuality

Watch for forum topics as well, as we continue our discussion of the  
(Continue reading)

Kenneth S Nolley | 5 Nov 17:46 2008

CFP: Northernness (6/25-27/09)

From:    "Cynthia Miller" <cymiller <at> tiac.net>

Call for Papers

25-27 June 2009
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne

Keynote Speakers

Professor Peter Davidson, University of Aberdeen.
Snow Light and Evening: The Fall of Evening Light

Professor  Mette Hjort, Lignan University, Hong Kong.
Shades of Illumination in Nordic Visual Culture: A Contribution to
Environmental Aesthetics

Professor Dave Russell, Leeds Metropolitan University.
A Place Apart? The English North in Twentieth Century Cultural Life

Whether it is thought of as northern Britain, northern Europe or the
Arctic, the north is increasingly becoming the focus of academic and
artistic attention. To explore why this might be and what it signifies we
invite proposals for papers from scholars and practitioners in the fields
of film, photography and fine art that consider:

	Why northernness is important.
	How historical experiences and preconceptions impact upon
         contemporary visual representations of the north.
	The present-day currency of potentially conflicting notions of the
(Continue reading)

Kenneth S Nolley | 5 Nov 17:43 2008

CFP: Transnationalism and Visual Culture in Britain (11/15/08; 9/9-11/09)

From:    "Cynthia Miller" <cymiller <at> tiac.net>

Call for Papers
1933 TO 1956
9-11 September 2009
Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne
Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2008


Dr Marian Malet
(Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies, University of London)

Brigitte Mayr and Michael Omasta
(Synema - Gesellschaft für Film und Medien, Vienna)

Historically British visual culture has been shaped by trans-cultural
cooperation, exiles, émigrés and migrant workers. Besides multi-faceted
collaboration across geographical and cultural boundaries, the political
situation in the mid-twentieth century in continental Europe prompted
various migration movements. Many professionals, artists and intellectuals
left their home countries as a response to the establishment of
totalitarian regimes first by Italian, German and Spanish fascists and
later by communists in central and Eastern Europe. Others arrived in
Britain almost by chance – caught out by war or redrawn national
boundaries. To a significant number Britain offered a new – often
permanent – home. Among the large group of émigrés who helped to
change the face of visual culture in Britain were film producers such as
Alexander Korda, art historians such as Nikolaus Pevsner, filmmakers such
(Continue reading)

Kenneth S Nolley | 5 Nov 21:18 2008

[A well-timed] CFP-Presidents and Film SWPCA 2009

From:    "Weiner, Rob" <rob.weiner <at> ttu.edu>

CFP: Presidents on Film SWPCA 2009
Deadline for submission:  December 1st 2008
Online: http://swtxpca.org/documents/home.html
The 30th Annual Meeting of the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture
Associations February 24-28, 2009
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The SW/TX PCA/ ACA invites papers on ANY aspect of United States
Presidents in Film

The recent release of Oliver Stone's W, a forthcoming movie on Nixon,
successful television series on John Adams and Ronald Regan, and recent
books like American Presidents on Film, Hollywood's White House, and
Hollywood Goes to Washington, show us that there is tremendous interest in
the United States Presidency as it relates to film.
The area chairs seeks presentations on any aspect of the Presidents and
film.  Some questions and topics one might consider include:

Why Abraham Lincoln has been the most used President on film?

Errors in films about the Presidents

Portrayals of Presidents by certain actors (ie., Josh Brolin as George W.
   Bush, or Gary Sinese as Harry S Truman, or Nick Nolte as Thomas

The Lack of certain Presidents on film (Millard Fillmore, Calvin Coolidge,
(Continue reading)

Kenneth S Nolley | 6 Nov 17:34 2008

CFP: Film & History at SWPCA (12/1/08; 2/25-28/09)

From:    "Cynthia Miller" <cymiller <at> tiac.net>

Call for Papers: Film & History
Deadline for Abstracts/Proposals: 1 December 2008

Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's 30th Anniversary
Albuquerque, NM, February 25-28, 2009

Proposals are now being accepted for the Film & History Area. Join us this
year as a returning or first-time participant in the scenic Southwestern
city of Albuquerque to celebrate the Southwest/ Texas Popular Culture &
American Culture Association's 30th anniversary meeting!

Our area is concerned with the impact of motion pictures on our society
and how films represent and interpret history. Presentations can, for
example, feature analyses of individual films and/or TV programs from
historical perspectives, surveys of documents related to the production of
films, or analyses of history and culture as explored through film. Genres
could include historical films attempting to define history, propaganda
films, documentaries, docudramas, newsreels and broadcast media, war
films, music videos and concert films, reality shows, avant-garde, cinema
verite, actualities, and direct cinema.

Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations and/or
panels, but topics not included here are also welcome:
	Historical eras and coverage of historical events
	Popular culture
	Politics and government
(Continue reading)

Kenneth S Nolley | 6 Nov 18:05 2008

CFP: 2010 European Social Science History Conference

From:    "DAWSON ANDREW" <A.Dawson <at> greenwich.ac.uk>

Call for contributors to WORKING IN THE FILM & TV INDUSTRIES panel session,
2010 European Social Science History Conference, Ghent, Belgium.
We welcome papers dealing with any aspect of the histories of those who
work in front of and behind the camera as actors, extras, technicians,
cinematographers, drivers, writers, makeup artists, directors,
secretaries, janitors, and producers. Papers can deal with any period from
the origin of the industry to the present. While we expect contributions
dealing with the major industries of North America and Western Europe, we
are particularly interested in receiving papers from those researching the
of Asia, Africa, and South America. Possible themes might include: global
free trade and cultural nationalism; stars and stagehands; recruitment,
training and film schools; workers’ political and trade-union activity;
the relationship between individual creativity and collectivity; the
impact of government (de)regulation; managerial strategies and ideologies;
the shifting division of labour; gender and race; and the historiography
of work and workers in the film & TV industry.

On the one hand, government around the world look to the ‘creative
industries’ to regenerate local economies and create jobs while, on the
other, workers from Mumbai to Hollywood confronted their employers. High
expectation and social conflict create a rich backdrop to the historical
study of employment in film and TV. In recent years a good deal has been
written especially in the United States. But beyond Hollywood and North
America the picture is less clear and the depth of inquiry more uneven.
This panel offers the opportunity for researchers familiar with a variety
of local settings to share their methodologies and findings, discover what
is locally unique and what is common to all workers in the film and TV
(Continue reading)

Kenneth S Nolley | 6 Nov 21:33 2008

documentary films arguing a point of view

From:    "Sarah Boslaugh" <sboslaugh <at> yahoo.com>

Here's a judgment question particularly aimed at people who have been
watching documentary films for years. It seems to me that many of the new
documentary films I have seen recently explicitly take sides regarding
their subject, sometimes not even acknowledging that other views exist. I
don't mean simply that of course all films have a point of view, that the
director chooses what to include and what to leave out etc., but that many
seem more like extended commercials or propaganda with high production

I'm not arguing that this is a bad thing, just wondering if it is a change
or if the ideal of "fair and balanced" as applied to factual material
really never existed. It almost feels redundant in a review to say that
only one side was presented if that's the new norm.

Sarah Boslaugh, PhD, MPH
Performance Research Analyst, BJC Health Care
Instructor, Washington University School of Medicine

Author, An Intermediate Guide to SPSS Programming (Sage, 2005); Secondary
Data Sources for Public Health (Cambridge University Press, 2007);
Statistics in a Nutshell (O'Reilly, 2008); Editor, The Encyclopedia of
Epidemiology (Sage, 2008).

Film and Book Critic, PLAYBACK:stl
Member, Online Film Critics Society
Theatre critic, KDHX radio and talkinbroadway.com

(Continue reading)