CFP: National Identity & U.S. Occupation (8/15/06; SCMS, 3/8/07-3/11/07)

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Ed Chan
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2007 Society for Cinema & Media Studies Conference, March 8-11Chicago,
Illinois Panel: Narratives of National Identity in the Aftermath of U.S.
Occupation Discussions of contemporary globalization, which have for so
long been preoccupied with the question of Americanization, become even
more salient in the wake of U.S. occupation and nation building in Iraq
and Afghanistan. Yet, these aren't the only domains of occupation: the
Philippines, Japan, Germany, and Korea have also been subject to direct
U.S. occupation. We invite papers that examine the artifacts of
occupation in all SCMS-applicable forms. Papers might engage questions
such as -What is the effect of the U.S. invasion of Iraq on theories and
representations of the processes of globalization and attendant
discourses such as those of post-nationalism, neo-liberalism, and
anti-globalization?-Who or what controls the reformulation of the nation
after occupation and how does this contest manifest itself in the
cultural psyche? -What cultural texts do U.S. military or CIA
interventions lead to? How long, and in what ways, do they continue to
shape cultural developments in the occupied land? -What is the
long-term effect on the concept of national culture itself in the wake
of U.S. intervention? -How does U.S. occupation feed back into U.S.
national identity?-Does the emergence of several documentaries on the
U.S. occupation of Iraq constitute its own subgenre? What does it
contribute to the desire in U.S. culture to "work through" the war in
Iraq?-How do the issues surrounding cultural imperialism relate to the
issues surrounding occupation, and how do narratives help us sort out
the similarities and differences between cultural imperialism and
military imperialism?
-What connections can be made between U.S. occupations and occupations
by countries other than the U.S.?
-What narratives of national identity are made possible by new media
forms such as blogs and YouTube? What are the theoretical and critical
differences between the narratives of U.S. occupation in older, archival
forms and the newer, more temporary narratives?
-What effect do older narratives of occupation have on newer
occupations and current ideas of national identity? Send 250-word
abstracts and CV by August 15, 2007, to or Edward K.
ChanAssistant Professor of EnglishDept of University Studies,
#1802Kennesaw State University1000 Chastain RdKennesaw, GA 30144
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