Reading the Postcolonial Other in Contemporary Film, 2011 Northeast Modern Language Association, April 7-10, New Brunswick, NJ

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Over the last two decades, cinematic privileging of the postcolonial other has evolved a new, significant wedge against the plethora of hegemonic films. From Avatar to Slumdog Millionaire to The Secret of Roan Inish, the popular role of the postcolonial other in film has yielded a new transnational awareness as well as place in contemporary cinema. Additionally, these film depictions have alternately problematized and/or privileged themes of gender, migration, displacement and adaptation. This roundtable will examine through theoretical lenses how and why the postcolonial other has been positioned in privileged and colonized cultures by today's film industry. We will explore the cultural, historical and financial impact of colonial legacies as they appear in selected films as well as probe the tendencies to romanticize, corrupt or redeem the "other."

Roundtable participants should examine one specific film (Hollywood, independent or international) and its methods used (thematic, cinematic, narrative) in treating the theme of postcolonial other. Preference will be given to under-represented and multi-language perspectives treating this topic in contemporary Africa, Americas, Australia/New Zealand, Europe, and South Asia films. 500 word abstract/CV by 9/30 to Sophie Lavin, NeMLA Women's Caucus Rep, SUNY Stony Brook: