CfP manycinemas 05: histoire – history/story

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In manycinemas 05 we are looking for academic articles which highlights the polysemous aspects of history (history/story) in the cinemas of Asia, Africa and Latin America (or some other small film tradition like Inuit etc.).

In French the term histoire is a polysemous one - it has a multiple meaning: history and story. And thus, history is often nothing else than a "narrated history" – a story to describe events in the past in the right manner.

Heroes are created, legends are told, and events in the past are sometimes rewritten. Cinema as well as history forms a collective (and cultural) memory of a nation.

As we are preparing this issue following questions and topics raise in our mind:

  • Is there any important movie for the perception of "the own history" of a particular nation/ minority group
  • The seam between a possible history (filmic story) and written history (like in Lagaan)
  • Cinema as (hi)story-teller
  • The effect of a visualized history on the cultural memory/ understanding of historic events
  • coming to terms with the past via cinema (like in Camp de Thiaroye).
  • History fiction and documentary
  • False Memory - False History - False Presentation
  • History Film genre (like Samurai Films/ Zatoichi Legend)
  • National History narrated via a personal tale
  • Film and meta-history
  • "Beyond the Screen" as an open rubric for essays, which are loosely connected to film like theater, music, dance, performance, visual culture, comic, graphic novels...
  • We are not looking for Bio-Pics or War-movies.

    Please send us your proposal (300-500 words) with the titles of films you will include and a brief CV until 17th March 2013. Do not hesitate to mail us, if you have some questions.

    The later articles should have a length of 3000 to 5000 words.

    For styleguide: look on manycinemas/styleguide

    Time line:

    Proposal deadline: 17. March 2013
    Notification: 01.April 2013
    Article deadline: 15. September 2013
    Release date: late Autumn 2013

    Please send your proposal to

    Helen and Michael Christopher

    Next cfp in Autumn 2013: violence