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Representing social classes in films on television and in cinema in English-speaking countries -
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University of Rennes 2, France
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Call for papers
University of Rennes 2, France - June 2013
An international conference organised by Rennes 2 University (Research unit ACE - EA 1796 and 3L.AM – EA n°4335) on 20-21 June 2013
Keynote speaker: Andy Medhurst, Senior Lecturer in Media, Film and Cultural Studies, University of Sussex
The history of the United States has been geared towards a classless society that is in stark contrast to the British class system. The American dream holds the promise of an open society where people have the same opportunity to climb the social ladder. As a tremendous dream machine that has also permitted spectacular social achievements, Hollywood nourishes and sustains the myth of an open society while eschewing any realistic representation of working class living conditions for example. Images of the middle class have prevailed along with racial and political discourses that contribute to marginalizing other classes – be they the ruling dynasties or the underclass. Indeed, cinema and television dramas more often than not mirror the mainstream ideology by extolling the virtues of the middle class, their social aspirations and their conservative values. However, archetypal figures of success have also been parodied or subverted in films produced in times of economic crises or by minority filmmakers.
The aim of the conference is to explore representations of social classes in fiction and non-fiction cinema and television films made in English-speaking countries. Our purpose is to study how films document a social reality that in return seeps into their narrative, how they contribute to building a collective and stereotypical representation of social groups, or how they question and undermine these representations.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
Proposals (250 words) along with a short biography should be sent by December 1st 2012 to: email@example.com Delphine.Letort@univ-lemans.fr firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com