CFP: [Film] Border Crossings: Rethinking Early Cinema (10/1/07; 2/9/08)

full name / name of organization: 
Laura Horak
contact email: 
horak@berkeley.edu

Border Crossings: Rethinking Early Cinema
Feb 9, 2008, University of California, Berkeley

Keynote speaker: Jennifer Bean, University of Washington, Seattle, author of The Play in the
Machine: Gender, Genre, and the Cinema of Modernity (forthcoming Duke UP)

This conference attempts to map cultural travel in silent film. We invite papers on topics which
address the mobile nature of silent film. Panels will draw attention to cinematic forms or
practices fueled by different forms of international exchange. To this end, papers that approach
the specific coordinates of silent film - its new forms of visual address, display, and narrative
form from a comparative perspective will be given preference.
The attempt will be to track the exportation and intake of a single moving image technology, the
cinema, across nations. We seek to open up a critical space to observe the particular ways in
which cinema, conceived as a “traveling technology”, understands pleasure, self, world, nation
and collectivity. The conference asks but is not limited to the following questions: how did
popular silent film proliferate? Which legal systems encouraged the spread of silent cinema? How
might the relationship between nation and silent film be characterized? Is “nation” more easily
imagined in sound cinema? Which cultural forms, stars, or cinematic genres traveled easily, and
which not?

Please send a 500 word abstract and a brief vita to rethinking.early.cinema_at_gmail.com. The
deadline for sending proposals is Oct 1, 2007.

Conference Organizers:
Anupama Kapse and Laura Horak
Film Studies, University of California, Berkeley
7408 Dwinelle Hall #2670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2670

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