Call for Papers - Call for Entries - Part 12

posted by SHorváth on 2005/12/12 23:00

[ Call for Papers - Call for Entries ]

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

An International Conference hosted by Film Studies and the Institute for Historical and Cultural Research at Oxford Brookes University
Lincoln College, Oxford, 6 – 8 July 2006

The closing date for proposals is 27 January 2006

    With European cinemas becoming increasingly determined by multi-cultural and multi-ethnic presences and themes, critical paradigms which examine these cinemas in terms of their national specificity do not adequately address the shift from the national to the transnational which has occurred in all areas of European cinema during the past twenty-five years. This shift has been
    fuelled by the ongoing process of European integration, the geopolitical changes following the collapse of communism and the continuing influx of migrants into what is still perceived as the politically and economically stable
    heartland of Europe. These wider socio-political processes have meant that the concept of European identity and nationhood is becoming ever more contested and fluid. This is reflected in a growing number of films made by migrant and
    diasporic filmmakers which challenge traditional concepts of national identity and ‘Europeanness’.

    As a result of these changes, the cultural spaces occupied by migrants are gradually shifting from the margins to the centre as representations of migrant and diasporic identities are assuming a more prominent position in cinema. Recent examples of Turkish-German and Turkish-Italian cinema, French beur cinema and Asian-British cinema have won considerable public and critical
    acclaim and have captured mainstream audiences. However, migrant cinema in contemporary Europe is by no means limited to these high-profile groups. Of equal significance are the films of transnationally mobile filmmakers from former Soviet bloc countries or the Balkans who are now working in the heartland of the old ‘Western’ world.

    This conference seeks to explore how migrant and diasporic filmmakers have
    redefined our understanding of European cinema. By adopting a comparative perspective in our search for the commonalities and specificities between migrant cinemas across different European countries, we endeavour to transcend the borders and limitations of an analytical framework that privileges the concept of discrete national cinemas.

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