"Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man, and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every time" – Leonardo DeCaprio as Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)
A discernible boom in politically engaged, leftist art practices and critical theory is underway in Eastern Europe and Russia, China, and in post-socialist countries of the Global South. This boom defies all expectations, emerging after the depoliticizing "transitions" to capitalism of the 1990s and the seemingly reactionary historical moment. Activists and art collectives, critics, poets, grassroots filmmakers, and video, performance and digital artists of all stripes are seeking alternative spaces for engaged aesthetic experimentation. In many cases, these aesthetic producers return to the emancipatory promises of earlier political and aesthetic experiments, reimagining them for the digital age.
Please join us for the 37th annual conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, February 10-13, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Proposals are now being sought for review in the Film Theory and Aesthetics Area. Review begins immediately and continues until November 15, 2015. Listed below are possible topics; other topics in the area are also welcome:
▪ Precinema, Early, and Silent cinema aesthetics
▪ Cinema in and out of the Archive
▪ Definitions of periodicity: aesthetic, chronologic, theoretical
▪ Nontheatrical, industrial, and educational film
▪ Montage and Editing: Practice as Theory
▪ History of Cinematography: Visual Effects from Silent to CGI
▪ Spectatorship and Scopophilia
▪ Auteur Theory
▪ Genre Film & Genre Theory
▪ Third Cinema and Indigenous Filmmaking
Environment, Economy & Climate Change: Stages in Transition
4-5 July 2016, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts (George Cadbury Hall), University of Birmingham, UK
Conference organisers: Dr Vicky Angelaki and Professor Graham Saunders
Call for Works
Feminist Spaces 2.1 "Queering Feminism: LBGTQ and Feminist Intersectionality"
The deadline for proposals has been extended to November 15, 2015 for the Film Studies Area at the 2016 SWPACA Conference.
Papers on any topic germane to film studies including, but not limited to, film as art, film as culture, and film as industry will be considered. Paper presentations should be no more than 20 minutes and they should present an arguable thesis or develop a compelling question.
THE ELSINORE CONFERENCE: An Interdisciplinary Event (Drama, Literature, Film) on the Legacy and Future of Shakespeare's Work
April 22-24, 2016
Kronborg Castle, Helsingør, Denmark
Calls for papers are now open for seminars and workshops to be held during this conference on the legacy and future of Shakespeare's work at the Kronborg Castle (the setting of Hamlet) in Helsingør, Denmark.