CfP for preconstituted panels/workshop on Film Festival Research at SCMS 2014

Suggested Titles/Themes for Preconstituted Panels and Workshop for SCMS 2014 in Seattle

The suggested panel/workshop titles/themes are for your consideration. If you wish, feel free to suggest another! We are providing this service to help coordinate the papers of the SIG members so that a maximum number have the best chance of being selected to participate in the conference; this has proven to be a very successful tactic.

Unless otherwise indicated, email your 250-word abstract, along with a select five-source bibliography and brief biographical statement, and note whether you would be willing to chair a panel. Please copy and paste proposal into the body of the email message (and avoid sending attachments!) and include in the subject heading “Film Festival SCMS paper (or workshop) submission.”

Email proposal to co-chairs and graduate student representative of the Film and Media Festival SIG:  Tamara Falicov, Michael Talbott, and Ger Zielinski.  Deadline: August 1st.

Evidently, the titles for each panel/workshop will have to be refined once we have received your proposals and they have been sorted according to some compelling theme. Only the designated panel chair may submit the final panel/workshop proposal for all its members.

  • Issues and developments in the history of A-list film festivals.
  • Regional festivals in a global context. Global cinemas in regional contexts.
  • Online/offline film festivals and the emergence of streamed film festivals – supplement or future festival format?
  • Linguistic challenges. The language of festivals, films, and the circuits.
  • Politics and Film Festivals. How do national or international politics shape or attempt to influence film festivals today or in the past?
  • Festivals and their publics. On the question of the festival audience.
  • Do film festivals influence the development and exploration of film form? Do film festivals influence film form or particular associated genres, e.g. the coming-out genre in relation to LGBT film festivals, documentary film to documentary festivals, etc.
  • Film festivals that go beyond film to performance, or music festivals that include film and other media projection? On the relations between types of festivals.
  • Workshop on the flow between film festival activities and film and other scholars, their volunteer labour, shared expertise, involvement in committees, boards, programming, etc.


“Play, Space, and Capital”

This panel invites abstracts for papers that investigate the relationship between play (gaming, fan works, performance, ritual, productive play, parody, and other examples), space (physical space, social space, ritual space, boundaries, event or festival space, localities, and other examples), and capital (production, consumption, “conduction” or “pro-sumption,” structures of accumulation, legality and copyright, etc.).
We are most interested in critical and/or qualitative approaches to these phenomena, and structural analyses, case studies, theoretical discussions, and ethnographic or autoethnographic work are equally welcome.

Please e-mail a 250-350-word abstract, along with a five-source bibliography and brief biographical statement, by August 1, 2013 to: Robin Haislett.


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