Post/colonial Film: Imaging Identity, Culture and Resistance

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Rebecca Weaver-Hightower/ American Comparative Literature Association
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This proposed seminar for the American Comparative Literature Association meeting to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana (US) on April 1-4, 2010, seeks to further interdisciplinary and cross-cultural discussion of film in colonial and postcolonial cultures. The session organizer is especially interested in essays that explore film from a cultural studies perspective, examining how cinema interacts with (as well as reflects) culture. Especially welcome are cross-cultural comparisons and studies that read more than one film in order to understand a larger trend or movement and analyze how this particular medium—which developed alongside colonization and decolonization—participated in those processes. Readings of single films that were particularly influential in colonization/decolonization or underdiscussed film traditions are also welcome.

The ACLA format of three linked sessions over three days (twelve papers total) creates a venue for a sustained, interactive discussion of the seminar topic that fosters collaboration between participants. I aim for this seminar to provide the first stage in a workshopping process culminating in an edited collection. For that reason (and also by encouragement of the ACLA), participants need to agree in advance to attend all of the three two-hour sessions of the seminar.

Please submit (to be received by September 30, 2009) a 350-500 word abstract with CV, list, or explanation of work relevant to the topic to Rebecca Weaver-Hightower via email at or snail mail or fax to the address below. Because this session is being organized with an eye towards developing an edited collection, I ask that pieces not be already accepted for publication elsewhere.

Rebecca Weaver-Hightower
Dept of English
276 Centennial Drive, Stop 7209
University of North Dakota
Grand Forks, ND 58202
Fax: 701-777-2373