Embodied Affect in Cinema and Media; Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, March 2014

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Heather Collette-VanDeraa, Mila Zuo, UCLA School of Theater Film and Television

This panel seeks a diverse range of papers that address the significance of affect and embodied sensation in both representation and "reception" of film and media. Many scholars have contended that we engage film with our entire body and with all our sensory faculties (ie; Vivian Sobchack, Anne Rutherford, Laura Marks). Various theoretical approaches, including affect theory, phenomenology, feminist theory, critical race theory and embodiment studies, have demonstrated the ways in which affect is mobilized to both mark and resolve differences. As such, we seek papers that consider how embodied affect mediates the social and cultural meanings situated at the cinematic intersections of embodied difference.
Possible themes and topics may include, but are not limited to:
• affective spectatorship of cinema and media representation
• affective economies of performance and other affective economies in cinema and media
• people and figures who mediate affect and affective labor in cinema and media
• papers that address the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, age, (dis)ability and/or nationality through embodied affect are especially encouraged.

Please send a 250-300 word abstract, brief bibliography (3) and a brief bio to Heather Collette-VanDeraa (collette17@ucla.edu) and Mila Zuo (mzuo@ucla.edu).