Film & History 2013 Conference
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Co-Producing Cultural Memory

DEADLINE for Abstracts: July 1, 2013

Although international co-productions are not new, they have taken on an increasing share of the international film market, particularly in post-1990 Europe. While the economic advantages of co-productions are markedly clear, the effects of co-productions are subject to debate. Much discussion has focused on the tensions between global appeal versus critical local specificity. The construction of cultural memory has long been addressed within national film production, yet little attention has been given to the ways in which co-produced films address problematic historical legacies.

Critics have cautioned against a monolithic European cinema that would erase the specificity of sites of memory; others have welcomed how European films have become a repository of imaginings for post-1989 European cinema. This area proposes investigations into the contested nature of co-productions and European cultural memory and history. Contributors could address:

· How films that address Europe’s WWII and Cold War past and its aftermath take shape in an environment of international co-production.

· How the director’s, producers’, and screenwriter’s artistic decisions are moulded by the co-production process and financing negotiations.

· How the reception and distribution of co-produced films is anticipated and built into the co-production process.

· Whether co-produced films dilutes the specificity of cultural memory in favour of broad appeal, or complicate fixed perceptions of the recent past.

Proposals for complete panels (three related presentations) are also welcome, but they must include an abstract and contact information, including an e-mail address, for each presenter. For updates and registration information about the upcoming meeting, see the Film & History website (

Please send your 200-word proposal by e-mail to the Area Chairs by July 1, 2013:

Co-chairs: Cheryl Dueck & Florentine Strzelczyk, University of Calgary and

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