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Call for Papers for a volume on 'Slow Cinema'
full name / name of organization:
Nuno Barradas Jorge (University of Nottingham) / Tiago de Luca (University of Liverpool)
Over the last decade, a cinematic trend characterized by aesthetic minimalism and slow tempo has made its mark on the world cinema map. Although directors such as Carlos Reygadas, Tsai Ming-liang, Béla Tarr, Pedro Costa and Lisandro Alonso, among others, do not pertain to a cohesive film movement, their films have been largely subsumed under the term ‘Slow Cinema’.
And yet, what exactly is Slow Cinema? While its presence in international film festivals continues to gain prominence worldwide, the term has too often been examined within the framework of a binary model that simply places it against the ‘intensified’ Hollywood style (Bordwell). With a view to rethinking its validity beyond dual systems and reductive binarisms (Nagib), this collection seeks to reposition Slow Cinema in a more expansive discursive and theoretical terrain. How can we productively understand this cinematic expression as inserted within diverse local, historical and (inter)cultural contexts, yet simultaneously as a response to wider industrial, social and even geopolitical forces at play?
For one thing, the emergence of Slow Cinema - or rather ‘slow cinemas’ - would seem to coincide in time with other cultural movements of capitalist resistance such as ‘slow food’, ‘slow travel’ and ‘slow media’. On the other hand, as far as cinema is concerned slow filmic traditions arguably stretch way back in time (European modernism, structural cinema, etc.), and this new trend seems to restore, as well as radicalize, tenets historically associated with cinematic realism (elliptical storytelling, non-professional actors, the long take, etc.). That a renewed phenomenological interest in materiality and duration should emerge at the moment the digital threatens to obliterate film’s link with physical reality might similarly suggest a resistance to simulation processes in our information- and stimuli-saturated era.
The edited anthology thus seeks to examine this cinematic phenomenon in its multiple facets and in the present context of film as a rapidly changing technological and institutional practice. It aims to offer a global overview of this trend and map out how these cinemas interrelate on technical, aesthetic and political levels, while at the same time being wary of treating them as an ossified and undifferentiated corpus. The editors particularly welcome in-depth case studies that aim to contextualize this term within local and international (cinematic or otherwise) traditions.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
• Contextualizing ‘slow’ in contemporary cultural production
Please send a short abstract (300 words) with a brief chapter outline to Nuno Barradas Jorge (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tiago de Luca (T.De-Luca@liverpool.ac.uk) by 31 March 2013.