Cinema and Contemporary War

deadline for submissions: 
June 27, 2018
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PAMLA 116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018


Cinema and Contemporary War


Topics of inquiry may include, but are not limited to:

Papers that examine the relationship between contemporary cinema and contemporary war. "War" read broadly to include sustained acts of systemic state violence such as, for example, post-9/11 U.S. policies regarding militarization, mass media and surveillance; the "war on drugs"; the militarized response to human rights demonstrations in Native American communities; the 2001 U.S. invasion of Iraq; the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Papers may consider the following questions: How does film represent, reinforce, reframe, disrupt, or resist contemporary war? How can cinema operate as critical discourse? How can a film co-opt, or creatively and indirectly intervene in, existing power structures? How can film be read more dynamically to include developing technologies and media?

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