Ken Nolley | 1 Nov 17:09 2010

Flow Journal, Volume 13, Issue 2 is now online

From:    flow <at>


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

This issue features columns from: Norma Coates, Ann Johnson, Yvonne
Tasker, and Graeme Turner.

This issue's columns in brief:

"We Are All Oldies: The Death of Youth Music" by Norma Coates
Norma Coates asserts that rock as youth music is dead and heading to
the morgue in this provocative article.

"Misunderstanding Bruce Springsteen, the Dead Kennedys, and Devo" by
Ann Johnson
Ann Johnson looks at commonly "misunderstood" songs, the ways artists
have made their songs amenable to misuse and their attempts to
reassert control over such songs.

"Action Television/Crime Television: Sensation and Attraction" by
Yvonne Tasker
An argument for a more thorough understanding of the formal
relationship between action spectacle and narrative as a distinctive
yet neglected aspect of crime television.
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Darryl Wiggers | 2 Nov 14:21 2010

New Publication on South American Cinema

From: Miriam Ross <miriamruthross <at>>

Apologies for cross-posting.

I'd like to alert members to my new book: South American Cinematic Culture:
Policy, Production, Distribution and Exhibition

It is available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing
can also be purchased on Amazon's UK site.

Date Of Publication: Nov 2010
Isbn13: 978-1-4438-2483-5
Isbn: 1-4438-2483-6
This study of South American cinema offers a new way of approaching the
variety of films available in the region. It brings to light the
interconnectivity between state-run institutions (film councils,
cinemateques, archives), altruistic bodies (film festival funds, NGOs) and
commercial organisations (production companies, exhibitors and
distributors). Examples of filmmakers, policy initiatives, funding sources
and alternative film networks combine to produce a rich overview of one of
the most significant sites for non-Western filmmaking in the twenty-first
century. There is an awareness of the place South American cinema has on the
international stage and, for this reason, the study involves an in depth
look at the way film products are circulated within national boundaries and
through external global circuits. Drawing on scholarship from studies on
Latin American culture, cultural policy, indigeneity, digital technology,
globalisation, transculturation and the public sphere, new links are traced
between the various fields.
Dr Miriam Ross is a Lecturer in Film Studies at Victoria University
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Darryl Wiggers | 3 Nov 20:04 2010

Sabbatical/Research Housing

From: Frank Burke <burkef <at>>

This is an update of a message I circulate periodically. My wife and I try to make our research home in Lucca,
Italy available for other academics when we are not using it. We seek renters for our child friendly
recently renovated apartment in Lucca, Italy. Our home has 880 square feet inside and a 400-square-foot
terrace with excellent vistas. There are two bedrooms and a studio with sofa bed, plus a spacious
kitchen/living room and a bathroom. We are ideally equipped for research (high-speed internet,
satellite tv, printer/scanner, voltage transformers, etc.). We have air conditioning and heating,
dishwasher and washing machine. We are normally able to negotiate a 10% discount on Italian language
courses for our tenants. The apartment is available from November 15, 2010 to April 30, 2011, and again
from October 7, 2011 to June 7, 2012. 

We seek long-term renters, though we will entertain requests for shorter term rentals, particularly in
the summer and spring, in case a longer term rental does not materialize. We do not rent for periods of less
than two weeks. For more information and photos, see: Please
direct any questions you may have to Frank Burke, burkef <at>, or Annette Burfoot, burfoota <at>


Frank Burke, PhD
Professor, Department of Film and Media
Queen’s University
Kingston, ON Canada K7L 3N6
Tel: 613 533-2178
Fax: 613 533-2063

In Italy:

Viale Castracani, 282
Lucca 55100 Italia
Tel: (011 39) 0583 49 17 73
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Darryl Wiggers | 3 Nov 20:04 2010

Fwd: CFP: Film & History at the PCAs (12/15/10; 4/20-23/11)

From: Cynthia Miller <cymiller <at>>

2011 National Conference
April 20–23, 2011
San Antonio, TX
Deadline for proposals: December 15, 2010

Film & History Area

Proposals for papers, panels, workshops, and roundtables are now being considered for the Film & History
Area of the PCA/ACA National Conference. Proposals for the Film & History area should consider some
aspect of the intersection among film, history, society, and culture, exploring films as social and
historical artifacts of the culture from which they arise, as well as the role played by film in
constructing, shaping, and re-imagining history. Papers may take a single film focus, or make
comparative considerations, as well as exploring critical films focused on a given era, individual, or
historical event. Examples would include papers that examine the following areas in a given film or films:

•	Documentaries: How true is ‘The Truth’? 
•	Exploring representations of race, ethnicity, and gender in fiction or non-fiction 
•	Biographies of key artistic, political, military, activist, or cinematic figures 
•	Representations of wars, the West, borders, national characters and ideologies 
•	Comedy and social commentary 
•	Cult, alternative, and independent films and icons through history 

Additionally, papers that continue the exploration of our 2010 conference theme, Representations of
Love in Film and Television, are both welcome and encouraged. Possible topics might include, but are not
limited to, cinematic representations of:

•	The Dark Side of Love: Death, Violence, Betrayal
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Darryl Wiggers | 3 Nov 20:05 2010

CFP: Alternative Worlds

From: "Ricarda Vidal" <Ricarda.Vidal <at>>

Alternative Worlds

A retrospective of the last 111 years

Call for Papers/ Art Presentations

Seminar in Visual Culture 2011

Deadline for proposals: 13 Dec. 2010

Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies, Room ST 274
(School of Advanced Study, Stewart House, 32 Russell Square, WC1B 5DN London)

This series of seminars acts as a forum for practicing artists, researchers, curators, students, and
others interested in visual culture who are invited to present, discuss and explore a given theme within
the broad field of Visual Culture. 

In an attempt to escape the doom and gloom of the economic crisis the theme for 2011 is 'Alternative Worlds'.
The aim is to examine the dreams, plans and hopes, but also the nightmares and fears reflected in utopian
thinking since 1900 in the Western hemisphere. What has become of all those possible worlds? How do they
reflect their contemporary culture and society and what, if anything, do or can they mean for our present,
or indeed, our future? What alternative worlds are engendered by our own times, by the world of 2011
itself? This is, hence not only a retrospective of past utopias and their after-lives but also an
invitation to look towards our possible futures.

Looking backwards, we could revisit the Futurist utopia of a mechanical universe based on the principles
of speed and technology, or look at the somewhat similar proposals of the American Technocratic Society
for a world based on the laws of engineering. Or we could examine the repercussions of Hermann Sörgel's
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Darryl Wiggers | 3 Nov 20:32 2010

Updated CFP - Black and Brown Feminisms in Hip Hop Media

From:    "KB" <k8dee16 <at>>

*Black and Brown Feminisms in Hip Hop Media*

*University of Texas at San Antonio - March 4-5, 2011*

*Submission deadline: November 15, 2010*

*Updated Call for Papers*

* *

*UTSA presents Black and Brown Feminisms in Hip Hop Media with keynote
address by Gwendolyn Pough, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender
Studies at Syracuse University and featured speaker G. Henderson, Professor
of English at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.*

Black and Latina feminist scholars offer multiple ways of understanding
feminist cultures that transcend ideological borders and patriarchal
conventions. More recently, Black and Latina feminists have negotiated the
positionality of the woman of color in the ever-changing world of Hip Hop
since its inception.  The *Black and Brown Feminisms in Hip Hop Media
Conference* situates Black and Latina feminist theory in the context of Hip
Hop representation to discuss ways Hip Hop music, film, and club industries
fetishize, exploit, celebrate, empower and/or disempower Black and Brown

The conference will feature keynote speaker and internationally acclaimed
Hip Hop scholar Gwendolyn Pough, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender
Studies at Syracuse University. Her work examines the public sphere of Hip
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Darryl Wiggers | 7 Nov 21:52 2010

intro text book on hitchcock

From: "Frank, Michael" <MFRANK <at>>

again i turn to h-film'ers for help in choosing a text for a film class  . . . . i apologize in advance for how long
this post will be, but i thought it important to explain what problems i've had with other books so as to save
responders from covering old ground once again

next semester i'm once again teaching a hitchcock course, a course that i've taught numerous times, that i
enjoy teaching, and that most students enjoy taking . . . but in the many years that i've taught it i've never
found --- never come close to finding -- an adequate text . . in the course i want to introduce my students to
the major discourses that have grown up around  hitchcock including his camera techniques, his use of
sound, the reliiance on what he calls "pure cinema" and - especially - his thematic pre-occupations
ranging from christian guilt to the double to feminism to romantic irony, usw. . . . .  the problem is that
this is a course for non-specialist students for whom it is likely to be not merely their only film course
but also their only course based on reading [or viewing] narrative texts . . . this means that i cannot take
anything for granted, including the fundamentals of narrative structure . . .

there are of course many wonderful books on hitchcock, but the best of them don't cover individual films . . .
thus i can hardly ask my class to start reading richard allen's very rewarding study when they have seen
only one or two films, since allen - like so many other recent writers - work through hitchcock
thematically rather than chronologically, and chaper one already presupposes that you know ltos of the work

on the other hand, of the books that do go through the films one by one, some [spoto is the best example though
there are others] seem too superficial, too removed from the most interesting debates about these
films], while some are just too difficult or sophisticated for students who are encountering auteur
theory, narratology, feminism and the gaze, montage theory. etc. for the very first time -- a good example
here is modleski's book that has been my default source but that always drives the students crazy ["do we
have to understand lacan to watch hitchcock??"]

finally the anthologies:  the two richard allen - ishii gonzales collections and the hitchcock reader  are
filled with brilliant essays all of which presuppose a background that my students lack
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Darryl Wiggers | 8 Nov 02:34 2010

Re: intro text book on hitchcock (3 responses)

From: "Jason McKahan" <JMCKAHAN <at>>

When all else fails, make your own reader.

Jason McKahan
Shepherd University


From: "Phil Kemp" <philk <at>>

Hi Mike,

Try Ken Mogg's The Alfred Hitchcock Story (Titan Books, 1999;  rev ed 2008).
Sections on each of the films, plus chapters on 'Hitchcock and his Writers',
'Hitchcock and Film Technique', the TV work, 'Unrealised Projects', etc,
etc.  Plenty of expert detail, but written so as to be accessible to

Philip Kemp


From: Marty Feeney <FEENEYM <at>>

Curiously you eliminate all the significant texts about Hitchcock's films. The Wood text
is accessible to students at any level, and his insights mix a poetic sense of cinema with
thematic probes that spark discussions. The Spoto text (not creepy academic) opens up
Hitchcock's films in a way that explains his appeal and brilliance.

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Darryl Wiggers | 8 Nov 02:34 2010

Historical film's impact on the public and on the field of history

From: Jen Garrott <jlgarrott <at>>

Hi, I am working on a research project for which I would appreciate feedback
from members of the listserv.
I am  looking at the intersection of history and film, particularly in
regards to how the Founding Fathers (i.e. Washington, Jefferson, and Adams)
have been treated on the screen. Using "1776", "The Crossing" and the recent
HBO "John Adams" series, I am looking at how each of these are a cultural
artifact but I feel there is more to be said about the impact of these films
and shows on the collective consciousness of Americans, both in regards to
the Founding Fathers as to history in general.
So far, I have found that most of historians discussions on film have
centered on whether films can portray history and whether it is
accurate. Does anyone know of any books, papers, or studies that have linked
the presence of historical films and documentaries with the democratization
of history and its accessibility to the public?
Feedback and comments greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Darryl Wiggers | 8 Nov 02:35 2010

New Book of Interest to H-Film Subscribers

From: Laura Sell <lsell <at>>

Duke University Press is pleased to announce the publication of a new book of interest to H-Film subscribers.

/The Apartment Plot: Urban Living in American Film and Popular Culture, 1945 to 1975 /by Pamela Robertson
Wojcik rethinks films including /Pillow Talk/ and /Rear Window/ by identifying the "apartment plot" as a
distinct genre, one in which the urban apartment figures as a central narrative device.

For more information, please visit our website: <>



Laura Sell
Duke University Press
lsell <at>

905 W. Main Street, Suite 18B
Durham, NC  27701