Mind, Body, Cinema

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Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University
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The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association at San Francisco State University is happy to announce its 13th annual Fall Conference, “Mind, Body, Cinema.”

When it comes to cinema, the words “mind” and “body” evoke concepts that surpass definition. The physical representation of characters is central to cinematic pleasure; however, the relationship of the mind to the bodies of celluloid, narrative, landscape, and theatre must also be taken into consideration. The goal of this conference is to dissect minds and bodies, to take this dualism and produce something akin to a Cartesian nightmare: in what ways can cinematic renderings of minds and bodies transcend convention?

We request papers that clearly address the issue of mind/body representation or mind/body viewer experience through the medium of cinema. The following fields of study are welcomed alongside others not listed:

*Body Art/Modification

*Ephemeral Media


*Identity as (dis)embodied or identity as multiple 


*“Body Genres”

*Space and the body of emptiness 

*History as body

*Gender theory

*Queer Studies

*Critical race theory




*Reclaiming the Body

The conference will be held in the Coppola Theater in SFSU’s Fine Arts College on October 19-21, 2011. Paper Abstracts of 250 words must be submitted via email to CSGSA@mail.sfsu.edu by June 15, 2011 for consideration.

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