CFP: Latin America on Film in "Film & History" (12/1/03; journal)

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Scott Baugh
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Call for Papers:

Special Issue of "Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and
TV Studies" []


Throughout its history Latin America has witnessed a conflict of ideologies.
Concordantly, the challenges of treating Latin American history on film has
incited dialogue and debate among scholars from divergent disciplines.

How can and should filmmakers treat aspects of Latin America on film? Who
has an ³authentic voice² in such treatments and through which sorts of
aesthetics? What levels of political identification are created by the
spectatorship of such films? Does Latin America begin and end with the
borders between the United States and Mexico and include Central and South
America, or are such traditional and state-mandated geographic
representations culturally and socially delimiting? And in what ways do
particular films help give shape to the history of Latin America?

The interdisciplinary journal "Film & History" seeks submissions for two
special issues focused on discussions of filmic treatments of Latin America.
The topic will be approached broadly, with submissions welcomed on
non-fiction, avant-garde, and feature film and television, as well as
historical or comparative discussions of filmic representations of and
identifications with Latin America.

Essays might discuss documentary films, such as ³The Brickmakers² (1968),
³Senorita Extraviada² (2001), Cuban revolutionary films and television
documentaries. Relevant dramatizations include ³Like Water for Chocolate²
(1992), ³El Norte² (1983), ³The Courage of the People² (1971), ³Camila²
(1984), and other pertinent features. Films such as ³The Hour of the
Furnaces² (1968), ³Recuerdos de los Flores Muertes² (1982), ³La Ofrenda: Day
of the Dead² (1989), among others suggest the possibility that Latin
American cinema transcends and/or melds traditional genres and incorporates
new technologies into new conceptions of film narrative-making.

Examples of possible synthetic essays might include the filmic treatment of
Latin America in specific historical periods (e.g., 1960s, 1980s), in
specific countries (e.g., Argentina, Brazil, Mexico), by specific filmmakers
(e.g., Alfonso Arau, Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Glauber Rocha). Essays may make
reference to specific aesthetic and theoretical issues, including but not
limited to interpretations of an ³Aesthetics of Hunger² (1965, Rocha), a
³Third Cinema² (1968, Solonas and Gettino), and an ³Imperfect Cinema² (1987,
Espinosa). Historical analyses also might focus on the use of visual
evidence for historical understanding and accuracy, whereas media analyses
might discuss the verification of such visual evidence and the techniques of

"Film & History" has been published since the establishment of the
Historians Film Committee by John E. O'Conner and Martin A. Jackson in 1970.
This affiliated committee of the American Historical Association encourages
the use of film sources in teaching and research through the publication of
this journal and related scholarly activities. Peter Rollins of Oklahoma
State University has edited the journal since 1994. More information on this
semi-annual journal and its related activities can be found at the website,

Questions about this special issue may be directed to the Special Issues¹
Editors Michael K. Schoenecke ( and Scott L. Baugh
( or to the General Editor Peter Rollins
( Please format manuscripts in Chicago Manual of Style
with endnotes or MLA format with Works Cited and submit to:

Michael K. Schoenecke
Scott L. Baugh
Department of English
Texas Tech University
Box 43091
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091

806.742.2501/0989, fax


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