CFP: Transnational screens conference: volatility and compounding transnational traffic

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15th and 16th September 2016
Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre, De Montfort University

Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Dina Iordanova St. Andrews University
Dr. Debora Shaw, University of Portsmouth

The Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre at De Montfort
University, invites scholars and early career researchers to its conference on
Transnational screens

Transnational cinema and television productions emerged in response to an increased
preoccupation with the limiting conceptualization of films as products of national
industries in light of the awareness of a more mobile cinematic culture. This 2-day
conference on transnational screens has the objective to study the industrial,
theoretical, creative and aesthetic innovation(s) occurring in film and television
productions worldwide arising from “amphibious creative processes”.
By tapping into social theory, Hamid Dabashi’s term “amphibious condition” from
post-orientalist studies - meaning ‘an entity at home in two or more places […] rooted
in the global reality that includes both here and there’ (Dabashi 2009: 230) – can be
rethought and applied to current discourses on transnational cinematic mobilization
too. Such a notion aptly frames the current panorama of cinema and television, which,
on one hand remains faithful to a series of classical narrative elements, and on the
other, structures novel ecosystems that includes remixes, expansions, adaptations and
multifaceted variants of the narratives. From an industrial perspective, these
amphibious conditions allow the practices and modalities of international productions
and distributions to come under transnational circulations. This conference would
therefore serve as a portal for the collection of novel perspectives in the studies on
transnational screens, and provide a framework for the discussion of innovative
creative practices able to comment on: how do multidimensionality and fluidity, and
conversely frontiers, barriers and walls, defiantly inform transnational mobilization
and on the screens?

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):
- Transnationalism in the era of web series (such as Netflix, Sky etc.)
- Transnationalism and technological innovation
- Transcultural narratives in transnational cinema
- Cultural appropriation(s)
- Transnational adaptations
- Past and new co-production ventures
- Film Festivals: the transnational and the national
- Transnationalism and distribution practices
- Transnationalism and audience studies
- History of Transnational cinema(s)
- Transnationalism and Stars
- Transnational film economies (Crowd-funding ventures, Outsourcing, etc.)
- Diasporic filmmakers/filmmaking
- Video-essays in transnational cinema studies
- Refugee film narratives

Format for presentations:
We invite to submit a proposal for a 20-minute presentation (inclusive of film clips, if
necessary) to deliver at the conference. Abstracts for consideration should be
submitted to Dr Monia Acciari at The deadline for the
submission of abstracts is the 24th of April, 2016.

We welcome presentations both using conventional tools as well as video-essay

Abstract format:
• Abstract should not exceed 250 words (exclusive of references, max 2-3 key
readings), the title of the presentation, and a short bio (max 100 words);
• Abstracts should also list three to five keywords;
• Please indicate, the format of the clips/video essay you will be showing;
• Abstracts can be submitted as a .doc (preferred) or in Pdf formats;
• Notification of acceptance of abstracts will be sent out by the 18th of June
We are interested in using this conference as a starting point for publishing an edited
collection of essays on this subject, so please indicate whether you would be
interested in your paper being considered for publication at a future date.



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