Trangressive Cinema/Exploitation film/Social Justice as Transgression SWPCA 2010
The area chairs are seeking submissions for presentations on any aspect of
Exploitation/Horror/Experimental film, although papers that explicitly
engage with the concept of "transgression" are strongly encouraged. This
is the third year for this area, and we are hoping to expand on the
success of the previous three years in order to make SW/TX PCA/ACA an
important forum for scholarly discussion of these kinds of films.
This year, we will also be continuing our well-received film screening/discussion panel series. Last year, our focus was on Ruggero Deodato's notorious 1980 film, Cannibal Holocaust.
This YEAR will be looking specifically at SOCIAL JUSTICE AS TRANSGRESSION IN FILM and will be screening Herbert Biberman's Salt of the Earth truly one of the most CONTROVERSIAL MOVIES EVER MADE (if not the most controversial). In fact it was banned by the US government. Yet its message was one of be kind to one another; all races can and should get along; WOMEN HAVE RIGHTS TOO! Very progressive AND TRANSGRESSIVE FOR 1953!
We are looking for participants in a roundtable discussing about Salt of the Earth and social justice as transgression.
If you are interested in participating in this roundtable discussion,
please contact the area co-chairs.
If societies are defined by the limits they place on personal behavior,
then acts of transgression are necessary to identify just where those
limits lie. Significantly, films that exist outside of the multiplex
mainstream often traffic in representations of such taboo breaking. In
other words, this panel is seeking presentations that look at films that
"push the envelope to the point of tearing it." The types of films and
filmmaking that we are looking for are not limited to traditional horror
films, or even the many subgenres that can be described as
"exploitation." Transgressive themes are frequently explored in
experimental and arthouse cinema as well. Nevertheless, as a general rule
these films all share a penchant for content that disturbs more than it
placates. We encourage submissions to utilize a wide variety of
methodological approaches, from psychoanalysis to reception studies.
Some filmmakers to consider:
Nick Zedd/Richard Kern/Genesis P. O and Psychic TV/Matthew Barney/Herman
Nitsch/Dwain Esper/H.G. Lewis/ Ruggero Deodato/Lucio Fulci/Dario
Argento/Andy Milligan/Kenneth Anger/George Kuchar/Curt McDowell/ Ken
Jacobs/Craig Baldwin/Georges Franju/Bunuel/Fellini/ Jörg Buttgereit/ Jan
Svankmajer/Takashi Miike/ Abel Ferrara/ Tony Tenser/Pete Walker/ Monika
Treut/Jane Campion/Alfred Hitchcock/David Cronenberg/Rob Zombie/Peter
These are only a FEW of the filmmakers one could look at; we strongly
encourage papers that examine others as well.
Rob Weiner Humanities Librarian Texas Tech University
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We look forward to seeing you this winter in sunny Albuquerque where we
invite you to explore Route 66, local pueblos, hiking trails, museums, the
Sandia and Isleta casinos, area ski resorts, and nearby Santa Fe.
31st Annual Conference February 10-13, 2010
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association
Submission Deadline: 12/15/09, Priority Registration Deadline 11/1/09
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
Albuquerque, NM 87102