It's great to see translation included in this conference call for papers; will look forward with interest to the resulting publication.
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 Şehir
Altcine and Filmicon: Journal of Greek Film Studies
CALL FOR PAPERS
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.
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
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.
§ 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;
§ 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;
§ 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.
· Prof. Dina Iordanova (University of St Andrews, UK)
· Prof. Cemal Kafadar (Harvard University, USA)
· Prof. Hamid Naficy (Northwestern University, USA)
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: earlybalkansfilms at gmail.com