Reminder - Regarding Reygadas: The Cinema of Mexican Auteur Carlos Reygadas (NeMLA Panel)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Amanda McMenamin / NeMLA
contact email: 

Carlos Reygadas is a twenty-first century Mexican auteur of international acclaim. His opera prima, Japón (2002), was awarded the Caméra d’Or Special Mention at Cannes. After his second and third features were nominated for the Palme d’Or, his fourth feature, Post Tenebras Lux (2012), again nominated for the Palme d’Or, won the award for best director. Reygadas’s poetic and experimental use of images, along with his subversive approach to traditional cinematic representations of Mexican life, has opened up an array of possibilities of interpretation for audiences and critics alike. As he screens his fifth feature, Nuestro tiempo (2018), this panel seeks to add to the critical discourse about the cineaste’s work and explore such interpretative potentialities. These include, for example, themes of carnality and spirituality; nature and theoretical ecology; filmic naturalism and neorealist cinema; interreferentiality and visual landscapes; temporal transgressions and slow cinema form; the affective turn and haptic visuality; the male gaze and hegemonic masculinity; and national specificity and the rewriting of Mexicanidad in the auteur’s cinema. In short, the panel endeavors to generate new and renewed veins of inquiry regarding Reygadas and his cinema, providing innovative interventions into the oeuvre of one of the foremost international directors of the new millennium.

Papers will be presented as part of a panel at the 2019 Northeast MLA convention in Washington, D.C., which will take place from March 21-24, 2019.

Proposals of 300 words must be submitted via the NeMLA portal: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17579  If you are not currently a NeMLA member, you may still set up a free account to upload your abstract.

The due date for proposals is September 30, 2018.

For enquiries, please contact panel chair Amanda McMenamin: amcmenamin@wilson.edu