CFP: [Film] Postfeminism and the Future(s) of Feminist Film and Media Studies

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Marcelline Block
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Call for Papers

Postfeminism and the Future(s) of Feminist Film and Media Studies

40th Anniversary Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Feb. 26-March 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency-Boston, Massachusetts

Session Description Information:

Postfeminism (approximately 1981-present) is increasingly visible as a
theoretical platform. Recent scholarship has been devoted to the influence
of postfeminism upon popular culture, film and media studies, such as
Yvonne Tasker and Diane Negra’s Interrogating Postfeminism (2007). In a
recent issue of Cinema Journal (vol. 44, no. 2, winter 2005), Tasker and
Negra ask, “how do we address and make sense of a postfeminist media
culture that repeatedly and loudly insists that feminism is no longer
relevant because it has somehow succeeded? Second, how might our
scholarship be updated so as to retain the strength and political
commitment associated with earlier traditions of feminist writing and
filmmaking?” (Tasker and Negra, “In Focus: Postfeminism and Contemporary
Media Studies,” p. 108)
This panel, in the Women’s Studies and Film sections of the 2009 NeMLA
convention, seeks to address these as well as other questions raised by the
advent of postfeminism for film and media studies. Does postfeminism ring
the death knell of feminist film and media theory, especially since
according to Tasker and Negra, “we find ourselves at a moment
when…conventional feminist critiques are in real danger of irrelevance”
(109)? Does postfeminist film and media undo, deny and/or further feminist
film and media theory? This panel welcomes papers about all aspects of
postfeminism in film and media studies (including cinema, television,
visual art, gaming, blogging, popular culture studies, new media, etc.) as
well as literature. We are especially interested in papers that engage the
feminist/postfeminist debate and attempt to bridge that divide.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:
-performances of gender and/or race in recent postfeminist film (i.e. “The
Hot Chick”; “White Chicks”)
-postfeminist directors, writers, artists, bloggers, etc.
-postfeminist representations of “career” women
-postfeminist “retreatism” (to cite Tasker and Negra’s term, p. 109) in
film, literature, television (i.e. “Knocked Up”; “13 Going on 30”)
-postfeminism and “slacker” culture
-postfeminist portrayals of female adolescents/young adults (i.e. “Mean
Girls”; “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”; “Juno”; “The Virgin
Suicides”; “Uptown Girls”; “Gossip Girl”; “Veronica Mars”)
-postfeminism and pop culture
-postfeminism and “third wave” feminism
-postfeminism and cultural studies
- postfeminist costume/historical drama
-postfeminism and reality television (i.e. “The Real Housewives of Orange
County”; “The Real Housewives of New York City”; “The Millionaire
Matchmaker”; “America’s Next Top Model”; “America’s Next Prom Queen”; “The
Simple Life”; “Bridezillas”; “The Hills”; “The Bachelorette”)
-postfeminism and spectatorship studies (i.e. the “guilty” and/or “girly”
pleasures produced by postfeminist film, television, etc.)
-postfeminist horror, sci-fi, and thrillers
-postfeminist representations of female police officers/lawyers,
particularly on television (i.e. “The Closer”; “Saving Grace”; “Damages”;
“Ally McBeal”)
-postfeminist blogs/blogging
-postfeminist literature (i.e. fiction; self-help; advice)

Please send 250-500 word abstracts (with a brief CV) by September 15, 2008,
to Marcelline Block,

Please include with your abstract:

Name and Affiliation
Brief (1 page) CV
Email Address
Postal Address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 media fee)

The complete call for papers for the 2009 convention will be posted in
Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA panel;
however, panelists can only present one paper. Convention participants may
present a paper at a panel or seminar and also present at a creative
session or participate in a roundtable.

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