CFP: Film Studies Interventions Panel and Roundtable on the Weinstein Effect for the Cultural Studies Association Conference, May 31-June 2, 2018

deadline for submissions: 
February 16, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Film Studies Working Group, Cultural Studies Association Conference
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CFP: Film Studies

2018 Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Conference

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA

May 31-June 2, 2018 

Conference Theme: Interventions

The Film Studies Working Group of the Cultural Studies Association invites submissions for general paper entries, as well as a designated roundtable, to be presented at the 2018 conference, which will take place at Carnegie Mellon University from May 31-June 2.

Film Studies Panel: General Call

Presentations are welcome to critically explore the conference theme of Interventions through the interdisciplinary lens of academic Film Studies, professional experience, and/or non-traditional scholarship. Film and related phenomena, institutions, cultural texts, and mediations may be considered.

Film Studies Roundtable: The Weinstein Effect

Roundtable participants might address the following:

  • How has academic Film Studies responded to the Weinstein Effect?
  • How has the #MeToo social media movement enabled public dialogue, disclosure, awareness, and interventions in the movie industry, and beyond?
  • What have been the functions of celebrities in catalyzing responses? How do/have financial settlements and non-disclosure agreements historically operate(d) in Hollywood?  How have transgressions and scandals in the film industry been discursively mediated?
  • How has the history of American independent film production/distribution and mini-major film studios in Hollywood been written and rewritten after the “fall”?  What are the legacies of Miramax and the Weinstein Company?
  • What have been particular points of connection between film, television, and fashion throughout Harvey Weinstein’s career? What are/were the links between commerce and politics (e.g., political campaigns and endorsements)? What are the limits and possibilities for such cross-over and convergence in discursive platforms and entertainment/culture industries?
  • What does the American indie film scene look like now? Can Hollywood change, and if so, how? What efforts need to be made to create a safe, diverse, and inclusive working environment?
  • What impacts have the Weinstein Effect generated in film industries and film cultures worldwide?

Please note: In contrast to panels, roundtables typically involve shorter position or dialogue statements (5-10 minutes).

You need to be a CSA member to submit a proposal; however new members are welcome. Please indicate preference of consideration for the Film Studies roundtable or Film Studies-related general call for papers when you apply with a brief abstract (300-500 words) of your roundtable position/dialogue statement or paper/presentation, together with a short bio (in one document), to the EasyChair submission platform by no later than Friday, February 16, 2018.

Travel grants are available for partial reimbursement to advanced undergraduate and graduate students who present their papers.

Questions about the CSA Film Studies Working Group can be directed to Anne Ciecko