CFP: Reframing Postcolonialism and Cinema, Nicosia (Cyprus), 14-15 September 2023

deadline for submissions: 
March 13, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
ECRA Film Studies Section

"Reframing Postcolonialism and Cinema"

The forthcoming edition of the bi-annual conference of the ECREA Film Studies Section <>will take place in Cyprus, 14-15 September 2023, and will be hosted by the Department of Design and Multimedia of the University of Nicosia <>. Taking its cue from the political and cultural dimensions of its host’s geographical location, the conference will address and seek to reframe the scope of ‘postcolonial cinema’ in the current historical moment.

In an increasingly global and visually-oriented world, cinema functions as one of the key media of cultural exchange between nations and cultures. If the ‘postcolonial’ remains a useful and productive analytic category as ‘the necessary mode of perpetual auto-critique’ (R.J.C. Young, 2012: 22), then how does it help us think about the relationships between representation, knowledge, discourse and power upon which this exchange is predicated? This conference wants to contribute to ongoing work that places diverse geographies, histories and identities in dialogical relation and critiques the ways of seeing, thinking and representing that have grown out of colonisation and/or neo-colonial globalisation.

We encourage proposals for individual papers and pre-constituted panels on topics that include but are not limited to:

   * Postcolonial screen worlds
   * Undoing and redoing cinema historiography
   * Borders, diaspora and migration in film
   * Postcolonial feminist, queer, racial, indigenous and/or
     intersectional storytelling and representation in film
   * Postcolonial cinema’s aesthetics and politics
   * Postcolonial film theory in relation to climate change and ecology
   * Postcolonialism and posthumanism
   * Alternative modes and circuits of film production, distribution and exhibition
   * Postcolonialism and the decolonial turn in Film Studies: synergies
     and divergences; decolonising the discipline; screening the Global

Abstracts of maximum 300 words, along with key references, institutional affiliation and a short bio (max 150 words); or panel proposals, including a panel presentation (max 300 words) along with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 individual abstracts, should be submitted to the conference email address:

University of Nicosia, Cyprus*

*Keynote speakers: *

*Mette Hjort (University of Lincoln) *

*Costas Constandinides (University of Cyprus)*