Call for proposals
Europe is rather an elusive concept. It means different things for different people, it describes very diverse civilizations with distinct historical backgrounds, it represents an uneven pattern articulated by the split and the convergence between East and West, North and South. Nevertheless, Europe has and promotes the same set of values (if it is to name only democracy and the universal human rights). Moreover, Europe is seen nowadays as a transnational entity with a shared identity and a common political goal. Yet this unity is more and more contested especially in the context of the previous economical crisis, and the recent waves of immigration.
Cinema and visual culture have always been part of the efforts to build Europe’s identity, and to define its national/cultural borders. At the same time, cinema and visual culture contribute to undermine these borders (through a wide circulation of works, open networks, common funding policies etc.) and equally to questions Europe’s identity especially now, during the present round of continental turmoil.
The questions that arise from these historical realities equally challenge and confirm recent developments: How cinema and visual culture shape Europe as a collective entity? Or rather they undermine it? What role national, ethnic linguistic and religious dimensions play in the recent cinematic and artistic productions? Is there a specific visual rhetoric of integration? Why totalitarianism is so appealing? What is national in the networked transnational spectatorship? Local subjects or global markets? Or both?
Stemming from these questions, specific areas for further inquiry are identified. One of them is the role of critical reflection – in different fields, from visual arts to literature, theatre or cinema – after the fall of communism in East-Central Europe. If in the 1990s critical discourse remained somewhat anchored in the established values, after the year 2000, critical reflection gained more legitimacy, acquired a certain sense of adequacy and redefined its social function.
Therefore, can we speak about a certain specificity of cultural methodologies related to this intellectual and geographical area, in the post-censorship decades? Are the recent Eastern-European interdisciplinary and cross-cultural explorations in film studies and art practice easily exportable to Western Europe? Or they remain an intellectual pattern which is functional only for a local, Eastern European paradigm? How the Western-based critical thinking models (such as Post-colonialism, Critical Theory, Feminism and Cultural Studies) have penetrated and changed the East-Central European critical reflection?
This conference is an interdisciplinary forum that welcomes contributions from academics and practitioners working in the fields or at the intersection of cinema, visual arts, media, literature and performing arts.
Deadline for abstract submissions: April 1, 2016. Notifications of acceptance of the submissions will be emailed by April 15, 2016.
Each presentation will be twenty minutes long, followed by a ten-minute discussion period.
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