Collected Essays - Cinema & the State-Tortured Body

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Mark de Valk - Southampton Solent University, UK

Call for Abstracts - Deadline Oct 1, 2010

Drawing from Foucault's notion of the 'political technology of the body' and the 'spectacle of the scaffold', the collection looks to explore the Sovereign's power and control over the body through the cinema's arguable co-option of the state's political-military-corporate aims and goals.

Possible topics include, but not limited to: politicised cinema; body as socially constructed by corporate/military factions; political ramifications of torture; body under stress from state-sanctioned torture; hegemony, grotesque image of the body, state/corporate/military notions of identity and space, political technology of state punishment; Grosz's notion of 're-inscribing the body' as a means to challenge the Sovereign's control and construction of gender.

Film examples: L'aveu, Interrogation, The Road to Guantanamo, Le Petit Soldat, The Battle for Haditha, Hunger, Rendition, Punishment Park, JFK, The Manchurian Candidate, Executive Action, Winter Kills, Standing Operating Procedure, Taxi to the Dark Side, Z, I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed, The Official Story, State of Siege, The Hurt Locker, Salo, Battle of Algiers, Death and the Maiden.

Will also consider any topics related to the subject matter.