European Cinema in the 21st Century: Discourses, Directions and Genres

deadline for submissions: 
December 31, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Ingrid Lewis / Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland
contact email: 



Dear colleagues,


We invite you to contribute to a monograph on European Cinema in the 21st Century as outlined in the CFP below, which is intended for a – currently under-served – undergraduate and early postgraduate market. Abstracts and author biographies are due by the 31st of December, while the full book chapters (6000 words) are expected by the end of August 2018. We are aiming to publish this volume with Palgrave Macmillan, one of the leading academic publishers, which has already expressed a provisional interest in this monograph.  We are looking forward to reading your fascinating proposals.


Best wishes,


Ingrid Lewis, Assistant Lecturer in Film and Theatre Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland, author of Women in European Holocaust Films (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)


Laura Canning, Lecturer in Film and Television, School of Film & Television, Falmouth University, United Kingdom.


Book title: European Cinema in the 21st Century: Discourses, Directions and Genres


Book’s scope and content

Modules of European cinema have become increasingly popular in university curricula, both in European countries and overseas. However, knowledge on the topic is often fragmented across a variety of studies, or centred around specific national cinemas, which can act as a hindrance in discerning key trends and assimilating the complexities of European cinema. This book articulates a way of rethinking the study of contemporary European cinema by placing at the centre of its efforts the students and their needs.


This monograph aims to provide important insights on the key features of European cinema in the 21st Century highlighting its major aesthetic schools, traditions, national identities and transnational concerns.  These features are complemented by an accessible and student-friendly structure in which each chapter discusses significant topics, explains their context and provides definitions of key terms. Each chapter also encourages critical thinking by providing a set of reflective questions, and a case-study that summarises and applies the theoretical content.


Furthermore, many scholars have drawn attention to the peripheral position assigned to Central-Eastern filmic traditions in overall scholarship on European cinema. This monograph is the first of its kind to apply a transversal approach to European cinema, bringing together the East and the West, while providing a comprehensive picture of key trends, movements, genres and national cinemas. Simple and effective, this book fills a significant gap in the scholarly literature on the topic and provides an invaluable tool for both lecturers and students.



Indicative topics (we welcome additional suggestions)


-          What is European Cinema? Defining European cinema and establishing its borders;

-          Questions of European identity;  

-          Auteur cinema in Europe (proposals which focus on film workers outside of the writer/director axis are also welcomed);

-          Commercial versus art cinema;

-          Popular genres in recent European Cinema (comedy, horror etc);

-          European Film Noir;

-          Ecology in Nordic (and other) Cinemas;

-          Migrations and Diaspora in European Cinema;

-          Post-Communist film;

-          Post-Yugoslav cinema;

-          National versus transnational (pan-European) cinemas;

-          Emerging national cinemas and movements (such as the Romanian New Wave)

-          History, memory and trauma in European Film;

-          New trends and directions of recent European Cinema;

-          European versus Hollywood dynamics;

-          European film in the context of ‘World’ cinema;

-          Questions of language, culture and identity;

-          Transmedia, new media and cinema spectatorship;

-          Gender and sexuality in recent European cinema;

-          Centres and margins, the urban and the rural.


We invite contributions for chapters of 6,000 words focusing exclusively on European films released in the 21st Century. Given that we aim for an educational series publication, each chapter should include the following elements: definitions of key terms; topic development; recapitulative questions; a case study (an in-depth analysis of a chosen film that explains and applies the theoretical content of the chapter); and a bibliography. Please send your proposals to both these emails: and


Provisional timeline

December 31, 2017: 300-word abstracts, 5 bibliographic sources and a 150-word author biography due.


August 20, 2018: Chapters (6,000 words) following the aforementioned structured due. Please follow the Chicago Manual style with standard British spelling. No footnotes or endnotes.


September 30, 2018: Contributions returned to authors for revisions (if necessary)


November 30, 2018: Final manuscript submitted to press


April 30, 2019: Publication




Dr Ingrid Lewis

Assistant Lecturer in Film and Theatre Studies atDundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland

Latest monograph: Women in European Holocaust Films: Perpetrators, Victims and Resisters (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)


Dr Laura Canning

Lecturer in Film and Television, School of Film & Television, Falmouth University, United Kingdom.