[MGSA-L] CfP: Contemporary Greek Film Cultures - deadline extended to Nov. 23, 2014

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Sun Nov 2 12:08:46 PST 2014

From: Nektaria Klapaki <nklapaki at u.washington.edu>


Contemporary Greek Film Cultures Conference 2015
An International Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the Hellenic
Studies Program at the University of Washington, Seattle, May
8-9, 2015
Call for Papers

The financial crisis since 2009 has devastated Greece, led to unprecedented
political fragmentation and social turmoil, and threatened
the cohesion of the European Union. It has also coincided with a number of
international prize-winning films by a generation of young
Greek filmmakers who have responded to the effects of the crisis on the
Greek film industry in resourceful, creative, and compelling
ways. Capturing the tumult of the current mayhem, these films offer
surprising, innovative and subtle commentaries on the complex
social, political and economic problems Greece is facing. They also
reassert the centrality of film at a time when the Greek film
industry is itself undergoing profound changes and serious challenges on
account of the crisis.

In order to acknowledge and assess the importance of contemporary Greek
Cinema for Greek society and culture as well as in relation to
European and global frames of cultural reference, the Hellenic Studies
Program at the University of Washington is hosting the
International Conference, Contemporary Greek Film Cultures 2015 on Friday,
May 8 & Saturday, May 9, 2015. Held for the first time by a
North American Hellenic Studies Program, this two-day conference is a
continuation of the International Conference Contemporary Greek
Film Cultures 2013 that took place at the Hellenic Centre in London in July
5-6, 2013, and was co-organized by researchers from the
Universities of Glasgow and Reading. Set in Seattle, the 2015 conference
venue is located far from Greece and in a city that has been
marked by protests against some of the very same forces that have so
negatively impacted Greece. Therefore, the conference organizers
strongly encourage reflection upon the complexities of the geographical and
cultural expansiveness of Greek film. What is Greek film?:
Films made by Greeks? Greeks of the diaspora? Foreigners in Greece or
elsewhere making films about Greece? How are these films being
conceived, financed, made, viewed, and understood at this cultural moment?
What do we make of the fact that European or international
contexts are as much an integral part of production, distribution, and
reception in Greek cinema as they are of what has been
mischaracterized, by some, until recently as a “Greek” crisis.

Beyond this specific focus, the 2015 conference also aims to bring together
established scholars, early career faculty and young
researchers in order to expand and build upon the full range of areas
discussed in past and recent scholarship on Greek Film Studies.
In addressing the topics listed below, the conference will:
• examine ways in which new research methodologies and theoretical
perspectives can further our understanding of contemporary Greek
• propose innovative research frameworks as regards the production,
distribution and audiences of contemporary Greek Cinema;
• reflect upon the recent positioning of the Greek film industry in a novel
network of relationships linking cultural practices and
economic realities, domestic and international agendas.

Alongside distinguished keynote addresses to be confirmed, we invite
proposals for papers within and across a variety of disciplines
and fields. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

(Greek) Filmmakers’ Response to the Greek Financial Crisis
Greek Films and Political Activism
Greek Films and Violence
Representations of Youth Cultures in Contemporary Greek Films
Films and History
Documentaries on the Historical Experiences of the Greeks
Films on the Jews of Greece
Gender and Contemporary Greek Cinema
Evolution of Greek Film Genres
Relationship between Contemporary Greek Film and Television
Greek Films in European and International Contexts
Greek Films in the Art-World Context
Greek Film Studies
Cypriot Cinemas
Film Practice-as-Research
Greek Film Festival Studies in Greece, in the Diaspora, and Globally
Greek Film Reception and Audience Studies
Greek Film, Displacement and Migration
Films between Art and Popular Culture
Production and Distribution Cultures of Contemporary Greek Cinema

Call for papers new deadline: November 23, 2014

Abstracts of a 300-word length for a 20-minute paper that engage with these
topics, along with a 50-word biographical note, should be
submitted electronically to contemporarygreekfilm2015 at gmail.com
Please make sure to send the proposal as an attachment and include “2015
Conference Proposal” in the topic line of your email.

All submissions will be judged by blind review on the basis of their
individual merit. Those who submit an abstract will be notified
by December 15th as regards the results of their submission.

Conference participants are expected to cover their own travel expenses.
There will be a pre-registration fee of $90 (faculty; general
public) and $60 (students) for the conference.

The organizers are looking into the possibility of a publication that will
feature a selection of papers from the conference.

Program Committee
Vangelis Calotychos (Chair)
Mikela Fotiou
Dan Georgakas
Frank Hess
Tonia Kazakopoulou
Kostis Kornetis
Toby Lee
Lydia Papadimitriou
Philip Phillis

Local Arrangements Committee
The conference will be hosted by the Hellenic Studies Program Local
Arrangements Committee consisting of Taso Lagos (Chair) and
Nektaria Klapaki, as well as staff of the Center for West European Studies
and the Jackson School of International Studies.
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