Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns
The 2015 Film & History Conference

CFP: Cinematic Journeys of Identity

In keeping with this year’s focus of “Journeys, Detours, Breakdowns,” we seek to explore film as a visual technology that works to formulate, map, image, and indeed, imagine identity. While cinematic journeys can come to us explicitly in the form of a traveling filmmaker or a narrative that itself is about traveling, there is also the journey of the audience, taking flight and following the itinerary charted by the film. In this regard, this area is interested in what Tom Conley calls the “cartographic impulse.”

Identities, however, are often in flux. In the current period of increased globalization and transnational communications and media for example, the identification of the self, and “other” has become more complex. What role then, does cinema play in the formulation and negotiation of these identities? Open to a wide understanding of cinematic journeys, possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

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 (www.filmandhistory.org).

Please e-mail your 200-word proposal by June 1, 2015, to the area chairs:

Jessica DePrest
UCLA
Jess.deprest@gmail.com

Saundarya Thapa
UCLA
saundarya@gmail.com

 

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