[MGSA-L] CfP - 4th Contemporary Greek Film Cultures conference

Tonia Kazakopoulou toniakazakopoulou at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 05:39:54 PDT 2019

Dear all,

please see the call below and distribute to your lists or colleagues you
know may be interested.



4th Conference on Contemporary Greek Film Cultures –
CfP: Cultural Neighbourhoods and Co-productions in South East Europe and
Date: 3-6/4/2020
Location Thessaloniki, University of Macedonia, Dept. of Balkan, Slavic and
Oriental Studies

Luisa Rivi (2007) argued that in the last decades cinema turned into a
privileged space for the examination of European identities. The shift to
the ‘economy of signs’ (Lash and Urry 1993) reconfigured the ties of
culture with economy. In the EU context, culture became a policy-oriented
field (Shore 2006) supporting the processes of Europeanisation. At the same
time, new borders transformed the European landscape and (re)drew the
attention to south East Europe. The notion of ‘neighbourhood’ (Appadurai
1996) became significant both in the reconsideration of space in a more
socially and culturally sensitive way and in the process of
Europeanisation. In this framework, although co-productions were often
defined as economic ventures, nowadays, they are considered a much more
complex space of interwoven economic, cultural and political relations.
This space often draws from past affinities, cross-border geographies,
media policies, economic exigencies, political agendas as well as creative

Touching upon these different perspectives of co-productions, the
conference will explore how the Greek cinema connects to other regional
cinemas like in south East Europe, (trans-)forming ‘cultural
neighbourhoods’. Moreover, it would explore how these shifts become
interwoven with the European cultural policies and identity politics and
their impact on the (re)configurations of the ‘local’/ ‘national’ /

This thematic focus on the cultural, spatial and scalar aspects of
co-productions responds to three interrelated circumstances:
•       Greek co-production history started in the post war period, a
highly subsidised and ideologically divided phase for the national and
regional cinemas in Europe.  It continued in the 1980s after Greece joined
the EU. However, in the last decades co-productions cultivated the ground
for a more ‘extrovert’ generation of creators (Papadimitriou 2018). The
stress on co-production history can help us de-centre our gaze from bounded
national perceptions of cinema by tracing inter-connections with Cold War
boundaries and histories and how these histories create (or impede)
meaningful regional collaborations today.
•       The transnational approach, which tried to overcome the desire for
an uncritical consumption of national narratives (see Ezra and Rowden 2006)
can be found both in film-content (script-lines, character construction as
well as creators’ biographies) as well as film production
(co-productions).  The transnational aspects of films resignify the ‘local’
so that it can address in a meaningful way regional, European or even
global challenges. In this way, films attain wider circulation, increase
their European value but also, they instigate new regional geographies
(real or imagined).
•       Film co-productions and their exploration as multivalent and
interconnected spaces can also help us rethink dualities such as
culture/industry, creator/producer, national-transnational generating more
inclusive and comparative understandings that cross and bridge disciplines
such as social anthropology, cultural studies, film studies, area studies

Possible areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

•       History of co-productions (case studies, comparative analyses are
most welcomed)
•       Cinematic neighourhoods, regions and regional cinemas
•       Regional festivals and co-productions
•       European policies and regional politics, policies and practices of
•       Narrative content/ creativity and co-productions
•       Co-productions local, regional and European audiences
•       Co-production cultures and collaborative cultures in the region and
•       Co-production hierarchies (small nations and big brothers in film
industry, minor/major co-productions)
•       European imageries, old/new regional geographies and co-productions
•       Co-production and mobility of films and creators
•       Co-productions in teaching film, cultures and regions

The conference is organised by Prof. Fotini Tsibiridou and the post-doc
fellow Eleni Sideri, department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies and
the Laboratory for the Study of Culture, Borders and Gender (Lab/CBG)

There will be a registration fee of €40 (students attend for free),
inclusive of a small lunch at the two main conference days, tea/coffee and
a conference pack.

Please send your abstract for a 20 min. paper (max. 300 words) [along with
technical requirements and a short CV]  by JUNE 15 2019 to:
contemporarygreekfilm2020 at gmail.com

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