Représentation(s) de la migration dans le cinéma français contemporain

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Call for Papers

« Représentation(s) de la migration dans le cinéma français contemporain/
Representation(s) of Migration in Contemporary French Cinema»

44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
March 21-24, 2013
Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Tufts University

Panel Description:
L'objet de ce panel est d'effectuer un tour d'horizon des représentations de la
migration dans le cinéma français contemporain afin d'en dégager les principales
tendances. Les réalisateurs d'aujourd'hui se sont-ils éloignés des schémas de
représentation de la migration que l'on retrouve dans les films français des années 70, 80
et 90 traitant de la migration, et si oui, comment ? Avec le passage du temps et
l'évolution du paysage social français mais aussi européen face à la mondialisation, de
nouvelles problématiques et de nouveaux trajets migratoires ont vu le jour en France.
Quels sont-ils aujourd'hui ? Quel est le visage de la migration en France de nos jours et
comment ces femmes et ces hommes sont-ils perçus et représentés dans le cinéma
français contemporain ? Nous utilisons ici le mot « migration » dans son acception la plus
large, afin de rendre compte de l'incroyable variété des parcours et des individus décrits
par les réalisateurs français contemporains.

The goal of this session is to explore representations of migration in contemporary
French cinema so as to identify current trends. Have film directors moved away from
representative frameworks characteristic of French films of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s?
With time and the changes French and European societies have undergone in the midst of
globalization, new questions and new migratory trajectories have appeared. What are
these questions and trajectories today? What is the face of migration in today's France?
How are these men and women perceived and represented in contemporary French
cinema? The word "migration" is used here in a broad sense in order to account for the
incredible variety of migratory trajectories and of individuals described by contemporary
French directors.

Papers can be in English or French. Send 300 word abstracts to Carole Salmon,
University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Marianne Bessy,
Furman University,

Deadline of Submission: September 30, 2012
Please include with your abstract:
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The 2013 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative
scholarship in an engaging and generative location. The 44th annual event will be held in
historic Boston, Massachusetts, a city known for its national and maritime history,
academic facilities and collections, vibrant art, theatre, and food scenes, and blend of
architecture. The Convention, located centrally near Boston Commons and the Theatre
District at the Hyatt Regency, will include keynote and guest speakers, literary readings,
film screenings, tours and workshops.

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