CFP: Repetitons, Permutations, Becoming -- SFSU Cinema Studies Conference [Oct 15-17, 2015, San Francisco, CA]

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Cinema Studies Graduate Association / San Francisco State University
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In our rapidly shifting culture, what defines the contemporary moment is fluid and impossible to pin down. This conference will look at the relations between newness, sameness, fluidity, and change in cinema and cinematic technologies from all eras. The cinematic apparatus itself is a technology of repetition and replication, and the effects of postmodern culture are marked by self-replication, simulation, and mediation. Postmodernism is about the now, and borrows from the surfaces of history while losing the history itself. Cinema and the cinematic is increasingly marked by intermediality of both culture and "text" and constant expansion of what these terms can mean. In the swiftly changing technological landscape, and the current era of sequels, seriality, and cross-platform iterations and reiterations of media products, questions of familiarity and newness are more relevant than ever. This leads to tensions within cinematic representations of identity, cinematic identity itself, and the boundaries crossed or stabilized with evolving ways of being and seeing.

For this conference, we are looking for papers that deal with the tensions between fixity and change in cinema. This can include, but is not limited to, changing modes of spectatorship and exhibition that rely on compulsivity, cinema as ritual, cinema and cinematic technology as an apparatus of repetition or of change, and cinema as a technology of becoming. This topic has the potential to open up discussion of the practices of genre, adaptation, seriality, and of the modes of production based on sequels, stars, and branding. Finally, this covers repetitions and permutations of self and of identity, such as the critical discussions that have emerged out of post-colonial theory, queer theory, feminist theory, performance theory, and Deleuzian concepts of "becoming."

Suggested research topics include:
film and media studies
comparative literature
queer theory, gender and sexuality studies
performance studies
post-colonial theory
digital/technological theories
genre film
star theory
poststructuralist theory
popular culture studies

Please submit a 250-300-word abstract, a 100-word precis, and a short bio to by May 31, 2015.