Genre Trouble: Interrogating the Gaze through Film Genre (NeMLA 2020)

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Languages Association (NeMLA)

51st Northeast Modern Language Association Convention

March 5-8, 2020

Boston, MA

Feminist film critics have pioneered work on the intimate relationship between gender and genre, thus problematizing and unsettling long-standing dominant narratives, structures of looking, and spectatorial positions. Indeed, much of the work by feminist filmmakers showcases an innovative use of genre conventions that opens up new narrative avenues and destabilizes audiences' expectations. Considering its historical dimension, the notion of film genre becomes an invaluable category and analytical tool to explore questions not only of sexual difference, but also of sexual orientation, race, class, or culture.

This panel invites submissions that explore the way in which filmmakers use genre conventions in their work in order to challenge and complicate hegemonic master narratives, gazes, and positionalities. Proposals on Women’s Cinema(s) and LGBTQ cinema(s) are particularly welcome. 

Please submit a 150-200 word abstract and short bio before September 30th to the NeMLA submission page:

For further questions or inquiries on this panel, please contact Ruth Z. Yuste-Alonso (chair) at