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CALL FOR PAPERS
REDISCOVERING POLISH CINEMA: HISTORY – IDEOLOGY – POLITICS
TO BE HELD 23-25 OCTOBER 2006 IN LODZ (POLAND)
Various transformations in the social and cultural landscape have been
reshaping the way Polish cinema is understood, yet still there is little
clarity about its position within the area of politics and ideology. The
central theme of the conference addresses issues arising from these complex
relations in both the past and the present of Polish cinema.
The aim of the conference is to inspire incite dialogues, strengthen
research networks centered on the subject, and provide an opportunity for
scholars and students from all parts of the world to meet and debate on the
v the role of cinema in the public sphere
v representations of history - the uses of the past to define/transform
v propaganda in newsreels and broadcast media
v reframing “auteur cinema” in terms of its relationship towards politics
v the role of autobiography as a narrative strategy
v the influence of government sponsorship on production and distribution
v state censorship – subordination and dissent
v cinema as a tool for constructing and solidifying (or unmasking and
undermining) the claims of dominant ideologies
v religion and spirituality as repressed issues
v class and gender identities
v stereotypic images of other nations and ethnic minorities
v marginalized or under-represented viewpoints and experiences
v strategies of discord in Polish avant-garde and amateur cinema
v the growing recognition of diverse audience cultures and subcultures
v cultural and political tensions within the contemporary society as viewed
by Polish filmmakers
v a critical revision of existing accounts of Polish cinema
We encourage contributions from participants representing various
theoretical, philosophical and political approaches.
Papers comparing Polish cinema with case studies from other regions of East
and Central Europe are also welcome.
The conference will be held at the University of Lodz, The Biedermann Palace
(ul. Franciszkanska 1/5, Lodz; http://free.art.pl/ktltf). The nearby
Conference Centre (ul. Kopcinskiego 16/18; http://www.csk.uni.lodz.pl)
provides accommodation. There is a direct airway from London to Lodz
Conference fee is 120 EURO and covers admissions to all sessions, conference
materials, accommodation, opening reception, meals and refreshments.
Every effort will be made to reduce conference costs; this, however, is
subject to the availability of funding. At the present stage University of
Lodz is unfortunately unable to assist its guests financially. Participants
are strongly encouraged to seek funding from national and international
sources to cover travel and accommodation expenses.
Papers (of approximately 20 minutes' length) can be delivered in English or
Polish (if necessary, simultaneous translation will be provided).
If you would like to present a paper, please send an outline to:
Dr Konrad Klejsa
Department of Audio-Visual Culture
ul. Franciszkanska 1/5
91-431 Lodz, Poland
fax. (48 42) 66 55 133
Deadline for proposals is 15 April 2006. They should include a 100-500 word
abstract of the paper (preferably MS Word attachments) plus a short bio
(contact details and institutional/departmental affiliation).
We will do our best to publish a volume of texts presented at the
Further enquiries should be addressed to the organizers. More information,
including details of venues and special screenings, will be available in
June 2006 and sent directly to the participants.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE CONFERENCE!
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