CFP: Anglo-French Cinematic Relations 1930-present (UK) (4/30/07; 9/14/07-09/16/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Wheatley C.
contact email: 

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An International conference hosted by the Department of Film Studies,
Southampton University, and supported by the AHRC.
September 14 - 16 2007

Keynote addresses will be given by Pam Cook, Sarah Street, Robert Tombs
and Ginette Vincendeau.

Despite the close geographical, political and cultural links between
France and Britain, the dynamics of Anglo-French cinematic relations
remain critically understudied. While numerous Anglophone studies have
been written on French film - and indeed Francophone studies on British
film - rarely do these works account for the dialectical interplay
between the two at the levels of production, distribution, exhibition
and reception. In order to redress this balance, this conference is
aimed at an examination of the two-way flow of cinematic traffic between
France and Britain from 1930 to the present day, filling significant
gaps in our knowledge of British and French film and film personnel in
transit, and what this reveals about the respective cultures. The
conference will hopefully also have implications for the study of
Anglo-French relations more generally, and the study of European cinema
as a whole, as it moves away from the Hollywood / Europe axis which has
dominated studies of cross-cultural traffic, replacing it with an
engagement with inter-European exchange.

The event will run in conjunction with a special exhibition, 'French
Cinema in Britain, 1930-present' and a series of screenings, to take
place at the Harbour Lights Cinema, Southampton. The conference will
also feature a panel of industry experts who will discuss contemporary
issues in the distribution, exhibition and promotion of French cinema in
the UK.

Proposals for papers covering any aspect of Anglo-French cinematic
relations since 1930 will be considered, but the organisers would
particularly welcome papers exploring the following areas:

* Representations
* Production Contexts
* Distribution and Exhibition
* Institutional Discourses
* Promotion
* Stars and Auteurs
* Receptions and Perceptions
* Criticism and Theory

Please send a proposal of 200 - 300 words for a paper of approx. 20
minutes, together with your contact details and a brief biographical
note by April 30th 2007 to the conference organisers, Lucy Mazdon
( and Catherine Wheatley (,
Film Studies, Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.

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