cfp: Russian and Soviet films in from the Global Arctic

full name / name of organization: 
Scott MacKenzie, Anna W. Stenport

We are seeking proposals for a volume entitled Films on Ice: Arctic Imaginations, Landscapes, and Populations in Twentieth Century Moving Images. Films on Ice is the first book of its kind to analyse the cinemas of the Arctic from a transnational, global perspective. Bringing together an international array of scholars and researchers from the Arctic countries (Canada, the US, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Russia), we aim to trace out the key issues facing the study of Arctic moving images, both those made in the Global North and those that, for various reasons, appropriate the North to their own political and aesthetic ends. Much like the moving images of the Global North itself, our project stretches back to the beginnings of cinema and forward to the present day. We are centrally concerned with how the concept of the Arctic is imagined and how these imaginings are articulated through moving image production. At this time, we are interested in receiving proposals from scholars who have an interest in researching and writing on Russian and Soviet Arctic films, broadly defined (documentary, fiction, experimental cinema, propaganda, etc). We are in communication with a university press and have received quite enthusiastic responses to the project. If you are interested in contributing a chapter on a topic aligned with the above, please email the co-editors Scott MacKenzie (Robarts Centre, Visiting Research Fellow, York University, Canada, and Anna W. Stenport (Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literature, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, by August 15, 2012, with a short, 100-200 words proposal. We will appreciate your broad sharing of this CFP with anyone you think may be interested.