Film Conference on Travel - 31 Oct.-3 Nov. 2013

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Foreign Language Film Conference VI
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Submissions are invited for the sixth Foreign Language Film Conference, on the theme of Travel. Scholars from all disciplines are invited to consider questions of travel, movement, location, and travellers in cinematic traditions. How does cinema represent the history, processes, and problematics of moving from one place to another? How does global cinema reflect and articulate the experience of travelling through a world that is increasingly borderless? On the pedagogical side, how do these films prompt classroom discussions of globalization, cultural adaptation, practical necessities, and personal discovery?

Topics include (but are not limited to) the following general areas:

- Planes, trains, and automobiles
- Reasons for travel (work and play)
- Border crossings (land, sea, air, time)
- Displacement, relocation, exile
- Encounters and clashes, mishaps and accidents
- Practical questions: luggage, tickets, visas, permissions, currency, costs, delays
- Climate, landscape
- Language barriers, dialects, and connections
- Going from here to there–identity and (re)location
- … and back again–Returning?
- Here to there and back again: colonial, postcolonial, decolonial films
- Spaces of transition: airports, train stations, buses, hotels
- Forced travel: exiles, refugees, escapees, colonies
- Travel companions
- Study abroad: what we learn, what we teach
- Travel (as) pedagogy–film in the classroom (language, culture, conversation, literature)
- Time travel: Les Visiteurs
- Time travel and the camera: period films
- Adaptation, translation, revision
- Collaborations: international productions and the globalization of cinema
- Capital: currency, geography, the idea of a center
- Working outside Hollywood: film production in the provinces
- Marseille
- Early films: the Lumière brothers, Meliès, etc.
- Road films
- Anachronisms
- Lost and found: objects and losses en route
- Metaphorical voyages
- Cinema as a model–the ideal traveller?

Please send abstract of 250 words to by 31 May 2013; the organizers anticipate sending a response by the end of June. All submissions should be in English, including citations. Abstract should include presenter's name, contact address and telephone number, email address, professional affiliation and status. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, including any media support.

For questions or further information, please contact Rosemary Peters (, Wilfred Major (, or Gina Breen (