Foreign Language Film Conference - University of Alabama Birmingham - 1-4 November 2012

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Foreign Language Film Conference V

"Rights and Representations"

University of Alabama at Birmingham

1-4 November 2012

Submissions are invited for the fifth Foreign Language Film Conference, on the theme of Rights and Representations. In this historic setting of the American South, and in conjunction with Birmingham's 50th-anniversary remembrance of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, FLFC celebrates civil and human rights. Scholars will consider the question of civil rights in international cinematic traditions. How does film as an art and a genre represent civil rights, and human rights? What are the places of rebellion, terrorism, or non-violent resistance in forging individual freedoms, and how is this reflected in national cinematic traditions? How do international films address issues of discrimination, violence, repression, the struggle for social equality? On the pedagogical side of the question, how do films about civil rights teach their viewers about international cultural and political traditions and movements? How are these films incorporated into classroom discussions of global civil rights?

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following general areas:

Violence of the State against individuals
Violence of individuals against the State
Historical representations of civil-rights struggles
Individual rights (safety, privacy, speech/expression, thought, religion)
Anni di piombo, Rote Armee Fraktion, Operación Cóndor, Action directe, Zengakuren, June Fourth Incident, etc.
Springtime of the Peoples
Legal battles, changes, (re)definitions
Groups targeted in discrimination (gender, race, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation)
Civil rights pedagogy–teaching rights through film
Adaptations of international rights standards
Cinema as a model–aesthetic interpretations of civil rights debates and developments
Effectiveness: feature vs. documentary

Please submit an abstract of 250 words at by 15 June 2012. All submissions should be in English, including citations. Submission should include presenter's name, contact address and telephone number, professional affiliation and status. Proposals for complete panels (related presentations) are welcome, but they must include abstracts and contact information, including e-mail address, for each presenter. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, including any media support.