CFP: Film Aesthetics and European Cinema (12/1/06; 4/27/07-4/29/07)

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Film Aesthetics and European Cinema

European Cinema Research Forum 2007

In Association with STUDIES IN EUROPEAN CINEMA from Intellect Press.

To be hosted by the Film Studies Program at
The Ohio State University
April 27-29, 2007
Keynote Speakers: Janet Bergstrom (UCLA) and Tom Gunning (Chicago)

Since its inception at the end of the nineteenth century, film in Europe
has been distinctly international and even intercontinental. While
industrial institutions of production, distribution, and reception have
served (or tried) to restrict cinematic markets in order to control and
direct profits, and while generic conventions have tended to become
dominant at the expense of elements that were once counted as the essence
of cinema, film in all its forms generates possibilities of what Kracauer
called "aesthetic apprehension" that far exceed those limitations. At this
year's European Cinema Research Forum, we invite scholars from across a
range of disciplines to reflect on the tensions between projections of
national or European cinemas and the aesthetics of film. The organizers
welcome submissions pertaining to issues including but not limited to:

* questions of methodology;
* the possibility of contextually specific aesthetic moments;
* the historically embedded nature of film form;
* film and other arts;
* theoretical approaches to the aesthetic collectively produced
and/or received;
* the "absolute film" in the digital age;
* questions of film pedagogy.

Please submit a 200-300 word abstract by email attachment
before December 1, 2006 to:

John Davidson <>

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