CFP: [Film] Inviting critical papers on "subaltern cinema" and the "subaltern" in cinema for Widescreen.

full name / name of organization: 
Gopalan Ravindran

Call for Papers: Inaugural Issue of Wide Screen September 2009

Gopalan Ravindran, Kishore Budha and Kuhu Tanvir

The most encouraging development in film in the recent past has been a
change in the attitude towards what is commonly called alternative cinema.
Representation of the minority â€"of race, ethnicity, sex, sexuality etcâ€"is
said to be adopting the 'new cultural politics of difference.' Broadly,
there are two impulses: one, a celebration of the differences, where new
identities are formed and there is a sense of pride in them. Two, a desire
to assimilate the alternative into a master narrative. More importantly,
there are sides to be taken, by the filmmakers, by the audience, by
everyone. Is there really a new culture, is it beneficial, if yes, how,
what is the nature of the hybrid that is often a result of these new
impulses etc are all questions we are still thinking about and to which
there are a wide variety of answers. But the debate is on and with every
passing moment we are faced with new possibilities and new perspectives.

New media and developments within film have facilitated easy means of
presenting points of view: film festivals, multiplexes, YouTube etc have
enormous food for thought and immense possibilities. Yet, the basic
distinction between mainstream and the alternative is visible in the use of
these very words. A change is upon us, but much is to be achieved before it
is felt by one and all.

Thus, the inaugural issue of WideScreen aims to critically re-examine
cinema against the backdrop of existing hegemonies and re-conceptualise the
cinema located in the gaps of the popular. We invite critical papers on
"subaltern cinema" and the "subaltern" in cinema.

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