CFP: The Canadian Imaginary (8/20/05; SCMS, 3/2/06-3/5/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Terri Ginsberg

Society for Cinema and Media Studies
March 2-5, 2006
Vancouver, Canada

The SCMS Caucus on Class ( ) is sponsoring
the following call for papers. Please send 150-word proposal, plus brief
bibliography and bio statement, by August 20, 2005.

"The Canadian Imaginary: Paradise in the North or Cheap Labor Market?"
This panel examines the place of Vancouver and other Canadian filmmaking
centers in terms of their relationship to Hollywood television and film
production over the past decade. Vancouver, where The X Files, The
Sopranos, and many other television series have been filmed has been seen as
a cheap location stand-in for more expensive, because more union-based,
shooting in the United States, particularly in New York. Toronto, the other
major Canadian filmmaking city, has seen a wholesale migration of Hollywood
production in the wake of the recent Screen Actors Guild strike by actors in
commercials. The panel would also look at, from the Canadian perspective,
the effect of these industry trends on the heavily government financed
Canadian independent scene both in film and on Canadian television. The
panel also explores the Hollywood/Canadian relationship in terms of screen
image. What is the effect on the concept of the veracity of location
shooting when "Vancouver" substitutes for "America," and, on the Canadian
side, what does it mean to have Canadian locations effaced and presented as
literally a part of the U.S.?
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