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Call for Proposals: Refocus: The Films of Paul Leni

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 3:10pm
Erica Tortolani and Marty Norden, University of Massachusetts Amherst
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, October 1, 2017

Described by Siegfried Kracauer as one of the outstanding film directors of the post-World War I era, Paul Leni (1885-1929) is a significant yet overlooked figure in the German and US cinemas of the silent period. A frequent collaborator with stage director Max Reinhardt, Leni worked as an art designer for some of the most prominent German directors of the time before coming into his own as a director. Creating both avant-garde and commercial films in Germany, Leni quickly became known for his captivatingly macabre productions. Critics and audiences alike praised these films, which were marked by elaborate set designs, innovative use of light and shadow, and adept storytelling abilities.

CFP for SCMS 2018: Consent Puzzles: Narratives and Media Debates on Sexual Consent

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 10:42am
Society of Cinema and Media Studies
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, August 5, 2017

In many ways, consent is considered a prerequisite to ethical interactions. A nonconsensual act is viewed as an affront, a violation, an oppression. As David Archard in Sexual Consent notes, the distinction between sexual consent and nonconsent marks “the difference between the permissibility and impermissibility of some practice or activity.”

Yet the notion of consent resists both simplistic definition and straightforward interpretation. “Consent is a contractual notion,” Michel Foucault states in an interview in Politics, Philosophy, Culture, and, thus, he purposefully pinpoints a core problem with consent: individuals in everyday interactions regularly obtain and give consent without explicit written or verbal contracts.

UPDATE NeMLA 2018 - Writers in Hollywood: Film and Imagined Communities of the Literary - NeMLA 2018

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 1:43pm
Northeast Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017

NeMLA 2018: Writers in Hollywood: Film and Imagined Communities of the Literary. In the 20th C, writers like Raymond Chandler, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, and Nathanael West went to Hollywood. As Chandler put it, they encountered a new industry of the literary where “little of worth their talent is allowed to achieve”. This session invites papers that explore colliding writing cultures, notions of the literary, adaptation, and movement across genre as writers successful in the novel, short story, essay, poem, etc. moved to screenplay, often a collaborative form, and to the “Hollywood system”.