CFP: Revisiting Middle East and North African Cinema Scholarship Today

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CFP: Revisiting Middle East and North African cinema scholarship today

The breadth of cultures that have produced cinemas in the MENA region is complex in its diversity. It is comprised of local film movements, government initiatives, film festivals, commercial cinemas, national film industries, art centers and underground meetings, including, in more recent years, YouTube and other Internet mediations that have enabled greater screening possibilities for works that might not be accepted in traditional venues. This panel asks a series of questions pertaining to the structures of these cultures, how these cultures have influenced MENA cinemas, and what it means to study this heterogenous regional cinema in North America today, in such a way that acknowledges the local and the global, the postcolonial and the national, gender and identity-politics as they have evolved in their respective contexts.

We invite panelists to scrutinize the cultures producing, representing, and distributing Middle Eastern and North African film in a way that advances the discourse. Such papers may raise questions of genre, representation and textual structures, may consider aesthetic and historical evolutions, and may re-frame questions of auteur-based study, all within the overarching context of where MENA cinema scholarship is today, as a subject taught and discussed in North America.

Please submit paper proposals of no more than 300 words, along with your institutional affiliation and email address to deristea (at) gmail (dot) com and s.saljoughi (at) gmail (dot) com by July 5, 2014.

This panel is sponsored by the Middle East Caucus.