CFP: [Film] âDecolonizingâ Early Cinema: Cinema, Imperialism and Film Historiography

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“Decolonizing” Early Cinema: Cinema, Imperialism and Film Historiography
[Spectator 29.2, Fall 2009]

The goal of this issue is to make a contribution to recent attempts
to “de-colonize” early cinema and modern visual cultural studies. These
fields have been very productive in film studies and cultural studies
since the late 1970s, producing many groundbreaking works that introduce
innovative historiographical methods and theoretical approaches. Yet
their main discourses have rarely deviated from Euro-American contexts.
In the same vein, the cinema’s role and function in projects of
imperialist expansions remains seriously understudied. Considering that
since its inception the development of cinema has been indebted to the
commodification of “Others,” the commercial advantages of various
imperial wars, and the uses of penetrative powers of imperial networks
for developing film distribution and exhibition systems, the marginalized
status of this issue effectively eclipses one of the formative aspects of
the medium’s early history. Academic essays and book reviews that pursue
to interrogate this historiographical void and the constitutive
relationship between cinema/visual media and imperialism are encouraged
for submission.

The deadline for submissions: December 15, 2008

Spectator, a biannual publication of the Division of Critical Studies of
the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California,
now invites submissions that address the above topic in areas including,
but not limited to:

● A Shared Film History of Imperial and Colonial Cinemas
● Cinema and Colonial/Imperial Modernity
● Early Cinema and Nationalism
● Film Policies and Imperialism
● Film Co-productions across British, French, Japanese, or Other Imperial
● American Film and “Internal” Colonialism
● Colonial Film Culture and the Reception of Hollywood Movies
● Travelogues, Ethnographic Documentaries, and War Actualities
● Gender/Sexuality and Colonial Film Culture
● Representation of “Others”
● Colonialism, Post-colonialism and Film Archive

Submission Guidelines:

Submissions and queries should be emailed to the issue editor Dong Hoon
Kim at (attn: Spectator Submission)

Essay contributions should not be more than 5,000 words. They should also
include a brief abstract (200 words) and a brief biographic statement
(150 words). All pages should be numbered consecutively. Rejected
manuscripts will not be returned. Articles submitted to the Spectator
should not be under consideration by any other journal.

Book Reviews are also accepted, and may vary in length from 300 to 1,000
words. Please include title of book, retail price and ISBN at the
beginning of the review. Forum or Additional Section contributions can
include works on new archival or research facilities or methods as well
as other relevant works related to the field.

For electronic submissions (preferred): authors should send copies of
their work via e-mail as electronic attachments. Please keep backup files
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For mailed submission: one paper copy of manuscript should be submitted
as well as a copy on disk. Manuscripts should include the title of the
contribution and the name(s) of authors, as well as the postal address, e-
mail address, and phone numbers for author who will work with the editor
on any revisions. Manuscripts to be considered for publication should be
sent to:

Dong Hoon Kim
Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California
Lucas Building, Room 405
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211

Upon acceptance, a format guideline will be forwarded to all contributors
as to image and text requirements.

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