Frontiers in Films , 7th  Law  and  Film International  Conference, 27 and 28 June 2013, University of La Rochelle, France

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Danièle André for the Organizing Committee, University of La Rochelle
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Call for Papers
Frontiers in Films
International Conference 7th  Law  and  Film  International  Conference 27 and 28 June 2014
University of La Rochelle, France

The   seventh   edition   of   the   'Droit   et   cinéma'   (Law   and   Film)   conference,   which   since   2008 has been  organised  during  the  International  Film  Festival  of  La  Rochelle,  will  be  devoted  to  'Frontiers   in   Films'.

Through an interdisciplinary approach (legal, historical, economic, literary, cultural, managerial, sociological, communicational, cinematographic), we will attempt to analyse frontiers as seen through the eye of the camera.

Defining a frontier – which emerges after a long diplomatic and/or military process – involves both a geographical representation of spaces on a map, a political act defining the borders of a sovereign state, and a legal act that is the foundation for the jurisdiction of each of the states through a process of international recognition. From the very beginning, frontiers, whether they be terrestrial, fluvial, maritime or spatial, became an important cinematographic theme, for example in US cinema, but also in areas where frontiers constituted a focal point of human issues: demarcation lines, border posts, walls, together with migrants, refugees and displaced populations.

In this period of globalisation, frontiers seem to be disappearing, are being internalised, becoming hazy. Identities and physical, psychological and cultural entities are being called into question, leading to a necessary ethical reconsideration of the changes that are occurring. Thus with the Internet, a (re)composition of identity groups and ephemeral virtual communities is taking place, flowing with the tide of new crazes and diverse causes. The cinema is clearly a medium of choice to investigate this notion of frontiers using an interdisciplinary approach. Does a frontier constitute a dividing line or a passage? Have the marches, inherited from the Roman Empire, disappeared? Did the fall of the Berlin Wall and the suppression of many of the border posts, particularly in Europe, signify the disappearance of all frontiers or did those in the political and economic sphere subsist? Does the cinema, which has been considered to be a universal art form, transcend national frontiers through its creative ingenuity, and by virtue of its representation of symbolic and mental frontiers, and frontiers of genre?

Films can explore the question of frontiers through the prism of genres, (westerns, roadmovies,
science fiction, gangster films), whether by absorption, rewriting or palimpsest, and also using the notion of transgenre, just like the film festivals which developed on the fringes of the official festivals amid the utopia of the 1970s, and which aimed to push back the frontiers of the official festivals. As for the filmmakers, some preferred to film within their national boundaries, others sought inspiration in foreign climes, either temporarily or definitively. Through their journeys and their work, they question the notions of diaspora, exile and transnationalism, but also the frontiers within film such as fiction/documentary, and between the cinema and other art forms.

The conference aims to be wide-ranging, so the body of work that will be studied, both fiction and documentaries, will allow communications to encompass all cinematographic history and all national cinemas, without exception.

Important Dates
Papers should be sent before the 6 January 2014 to Magalie Flores-Lonjou and should have :
 At least 3 000 characters ;
 The title of the paper, its theme, a list of films ;
 A short biography of the contributor (s) ;

The list of papers selected by the scientific committee will be published on the 24th of february 2014. The final versions of papers should be sent before the 24th of may 2014.

The conference will be held at the University of La Rochelle on the 27th and 28th June 2014. Both French and English oral papers are welcome.
NB: the conference proceedings will be published. However, given that the number of presentations over the two-day conference will be limited, the scientific committee reserves the right to accept for publication only these texts presented at the conference, or to propose them for workshops/seminars organised as part of the Limousin Poitou-Charentes PRES "Frontier(s) in Film" project which will be held at the Universities of La Rochelle, Limoges and Poitiers.

Suggested reading
- Robert BELOT dir., Frontières en images. Une mémoire cinématographique, Université de Technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, 2006, coll. Sciences humaines et technologie ;
- Elyette BENJAMIN-LABARTHE dir., Cinéma métis aux Etats-Unis : représentations de la frontière Mexique/Etats-Unis, Maison  des  sciences  de  l'homme  d'Aquitaine,  2012 ;
- Daniela BERGHAHN, Far-flung Families in Film : The Diasporic Family in Contemporary European Cinema, Edinburgh , Edinburgh University Press, 2013 ;
- Wendy BROWN, Walled States. Waning Sovereignty, New York, Zone Books, 2010, 167 p. ;
- Judith BUTLER, Bodies That Matter: On The Discursiv Limits of « sex », 1993 ;
- Andrea GRUNERT dir., « L'écran  des  frontières », Cinémaction n° 137, 2010 ;
- D. HASTINGS et T.M. WILSON, Borders, Frontiers of Identity, Nation and State, Oxford,
New-York: Berg, 1999 ;
- N. JARMAN, Material Conflicts, Parades and Visual Displays in Northern Ireland,
Oxford : Berg, 1997 ;
- J. W. JOHN HILL, Cinema and Northern Ireland : Film, Culture and Politics, London : BFI
publishing, 2006 ;
- Stéphanie LATTE ABDALLAH et Cédric PARIZOT dir., A l'ombre du mur. Israéliens et
Palestiniens entre séparation et occupation, Actes sud/MSHS, 2011, coll. Etudes
méditerranénennes ;
- Sophie LE MENAHEZE, Nathalie MARTINIERE, Ecrire la frontière, Limoges : Pulim,
2003 ;
- Nolwenn MINGANT, Hollywood à la conquête du monde. Marchés, stratégies,
influences, CNRS édition, 2010 ;
- Laura MULVEY, Visual and Other Pleasures, Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire :
Macmillan, 1989) ;
- Stan NEILSON, Robot Nation, Eridanus Press, 2011 ;
- M. NICCRAITH, Plural Identities, Singular Narratives : The Case of Northern Ireland, UK:
Berghan Book, 2002 ;
- Jean-Marc SOREL Dir., Les murs et le droit international, Ed. Pedone, 2010, coll.
Cahiers internationaux n° 24 ;
- Bertrand WESTPHAL, Le Monde plausible. Lieu, espace, carte, Paris, Minuit, coll.
« Paradoxe », octobre 2011.
Suggested Filmography
- Bloody Sunday, Paul GREENGRASS GB/Ireland 2002
- Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia/Apportez-moi   la   tête   d'Alfredo   Garcia, Sam PECKINPAH, USA/Mexico, 1974
- Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Victor FLEMING, USA, 1941
- Frozen River, Courtney HUNT, USA, 2008
- Ha-kala ha-surit/La fiancée syrienne, Eran RIKLIS, Israel, 2004
- The Hours, Stephen DALDRY, USA/UK, 2002
- Hudutlann Kanunu/La loi de la frontière, Lütfi Ömer AKAD, Turkey, 1966
- Incendies, Denis VILLENEUVE, Canada, 2010
- Laurence anyways, Xavier DOLAN, Canada/France, 2012
- Loi,  c'est  la  loi  (La),  CHRISTIAN-JAQUE, France/Italy, 1958
- Los que se quedan, Juan Carlos RULFO, Mexico, 2009
- Love Divided (A), Syd MACARTNEY, GB/Ireland, 1998
- Man on a Thightorpe, Elia KAZAN, USA, 1952
- Men in Black, Barry SONENFELD, USA, 1997
- Mur, Simone BITTON, France/Israel, 2004
- Searchers (The)/La prisonnière du désert, John FORD, USA, 1956
- Sin nombre, Cary Joji FUKUNAGA, Etats-Unis/Mexico, 2009
- Storm/La révélation, Hans-Christian SCHMID, Germany, 2009
- Terraferma, Emmanuele CRIALESE, France/Italy, 2011
- The Time Machine/La machine à explorer le temps, George PAL, USA, 1960
- Tiresia, Bertrand BONELLO, France/Canada, 2002
- To Vlemma tou Odyssea/Le   regard   d'Ulysse,   Theo ANGELOPOULOS,
France/Greece/Italy, 1995
- The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada/Los tres enterrios de Melquiades Estrada/Trois enterrements, Tommy LEE JONES, USA/France, 2005
- Welcome, Philippe LIORET, France, 2008
- The Wind that Shakes the Barley, Loach (Ken), Irelande GB, Germany, Italy, Spain,
France, Belgium, Switzerland, 2006
- Wild side, Sébastien LIFSHITZ, France/Belgium, 2003
- XXY, Lucia PUENZO, Argentina, 2007
- Yadon ilaheyya/Intervention divine, Elia SULEIMAN, France/Marocco/
Germany/Palestine, 2002
- Zona (La)/Zona, propriété privée (La), Rodrigo PLA, Mexico, 2007

Scientific Committee
Elyette BENJAMIN-LABARTHE, Professor of American Studies at Bordeaux III University, CLIMAS EA 4196
Daniela BERGHAHN, Professor of Film Studies, Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London (England)
Christophe BONNOTTE, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University of Limoges, OMIJ EA 3177
Xavier DAVERAT, Professor of Private Law, University Montesquieu Bordeaux IV, IRDAP EA 4191 Camille GENDRAULT, Senior Lecturer in Film and Audiovisual Studies, University Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3, MICA EA 4426
Andrea GRUNERT, Lecturer in Film Studies at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany)
Thomas HOCHMANN, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, CRDT EA 3312
Pascal KAMINA, Professor of Private Law University of Franche-Comté, CRJFC EA 3225
Eve LAMENDOUR, Senior Lecturer in Management Science, University of La Rochelle, CEREGE LR-MOS EA 1722
Ninon MAILLARD, Senior Lecturer in History of Law, University of Nantes, Droit et Changement Social UMR 6297
Nathalie MARTINIERE, Professor of English Literature, Department of English Studies, University of Limoges, EHIC EA 1087
Gilles MENEGALDO, Professor Emeritus of American literature and Film Studies, UFR Lettres et Langues, University of Poitiers, FORELL B3 team, comparative aesthetics, EA 3816
Nolwenn MINGANT, Senior Lecturer in American Civilisation, University Sorbonne nouvelle-Paris 3, CREW/CRAN EA 4399
François OST, Professor of Law and Philosophy, University St Louis, Brussels (Belgium), Director of an Interdisciplinary Seminar on Legal Studies.
Séverine NICOT, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University Grenoble-Alpes, Centre de Recherches Juridiques EA 1965, Institut Louis Favoreu-GERJC UMR 7318
Nicoletta PERLO, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University Toulouse 1 Capitole, IDETCOM EA785
Marion POIRSON, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies, University Paul Valéry Montpellier 3, RIRRA 21 EA 4209

Organising Committee
Danièle ANDRÉ, Senior Lecturer in North American civilisation and popular culture, University of La Rochelle CRHIA EA 1163
Annabel AUDUREAU, Doctor in Comparative Literature, teaches Expression and Communication at the University of La Rochelle, teaches part-time French and Comparative Literature at the Modern Languages Faculty of La Rochelle.
Brigitte BASTIAT, doctor in information and communication sciences, English teacher at the University of La Rochelle, associate member of CRHIA EA 1163 and the Centre for Irish Studies at Rennes 2.
Estelle EPINOUX, Senior Lecturer in Irish Studies, Department of English Studies, University of Limoges, associate researcher at SOFEIR and SAES, member of the publications committee of the FE2C, member of the research group EHIC EA 1087 (Espaces Humains et interactions culturelles à Limoges).
Magalie FLORES-LONJOU, Senior Lecturer in Public Law, University of La Rochelle, CEREGE LR- MOS EA 1722, the blog Droit et cinéma :
Franck HEALY, Senior Lecturer in English (CIEL), University of La Rochelle.
Lionel MINIATO, Senior Lecturer in Private law and Criminal Sciences, Centre universitaire Jean- François  Champollion,  Institut  de  droit  privé  de  l'Université  Toulouse  I  Capitole,  EA  1920,  the  blog   Droit et cinéma :
Jean-Baptiste THIERRY, Senior Lecturer in Private law and Criminal Sciences, University of Nancy 2,   Institut   François   Gény   EA   1138   the   blog   :   Carnet   de   recherches   d'un   MCF   en   droit   privé   Sine lege