Provocation and Dialogue: Interrogating the Films of Michael Haneke, February 2010

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Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association
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31st Annual Conference February 10-13, 2010
Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Association
Abstract Deadline: 10/20/09, Priority Registration Deadline 12/15/09
Conference Hotel:
Hyatt Regency Albuquerque
330 Tijeras
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Panel Title: Provocation and Dialogue: Interrogating the Films of Michael Haneke

"My films are intended as polemical statements against the American 'barrel down' cinema and its dis-empowerment of the spectator. They are an appeal for a cinema of insistent questions instead of false (because too quick) answers, for clarifying distance in place of violating closeness, for provocation and dialogue instead of consumption and consensus." – Michael Haneke, "Film as Catharsis"

In an article about Michael Haneke for senses of cinema, Mattias Frey makes the case that "[o]n the whole, Haneke's polemical filmic program attempts to lay bare the coldness of European society and challenge Hollywood's blithe treatment of violence." This panel seeks papers that critically examine films by Haneke. Any of his films and the themes explored are viable for inclusion on the panel. The unifying theme of the panel is how each film attempts to provoke or/and prompt dialogue.

Scholars, teachers, professionals, and others are encouraged to participate. Graduate students are also particularly welcome with award opportunities for best graduate papers.

Please share this CFP with colleagues.

Please send a short curriculum vitae and a 250-350 word abstract to or to the physical address below by 20 October 2009.

Dr. M. Catherine Jonet, European Popular Culture and Literature Area Chair
New Mexico State University
P.O. Box 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001