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GERMAN-CFP-L  February 2005

GERMAN-CFP-L February 2005

Subject:

CFP: Cinema, War and a Society of Spectacle (UK) (3/17/05; 6/9/05)

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Megan McKinstry <[log in to unmask]>

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German Studies CFP Forum <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 11 Feb 2005 14:47:32 -0600

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>Subject: CFP: Cinema, War and a Society of Spectacle (UK) (3/17/05; 6/9/05)
>From: N Boljkovac <[log in to unmask]>
>
>Forthcoming Conference: Cinema, War and a Society of Spectacle
>9 June 2005, University of Cambridge
>
>The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
>(CRASSH), in association with the Cambridge University Film Seminar, invites
>submissions for a one-day conference on cinema and war.
>
>In light of the predominance of a binary between innocence and evil that
>frequently characterizes a contemporary political vernacular and Hollywood
>representation, the need for critical thought remains crucial. This
>conference will interrogate the interplay between the events of war and
>their representations in film and video in relation to our implication in
>the construction and deconstruction of such imagery.
>
>While certain representations suppress the inherent tensions and ambiguities
>contributing to a war¼s emergence and its lasting devastation, several
>thinkers including Virilio, Baudrillard, Zizek and others have turned a
>reflexive gaze inwards upon our voyeuristic fascination. Our delight in
>total visibility through film and instantaneous fragments of åreal time¼
>media characterizes our time. But the thoroughness of our cultural
>saturation provokes questions concerning the dangers of such image
>assimilation.
>
>To what extent is our gaze aligned with insidious modes and bodies of power
>that participate in games of surveillance and paranoid rationalisations? How
>and why do images of destruction, which are disseminated at the speed with
>which weapons are engaged, enthral and mesmerize; moreover, what is at stake
>in our attraction? How are these images a means to identity creation, at the
>cost of certain exclusions and inclusions? What is at stake in the expansion
>of a åsociety of spectacle¼? We invite researchers, postgraduates, artists
>and those engaged with questions pertaining to war and its representations
>in film and video to forward abstracts for 20-minute papers/presentations.
>Interdisciplinary approaches, ranging across media, and theorizations of war
>in relation to philosophical, literary, cultural, political, historical,
>sociological, anthropological, architectural and other branches of thought
>are expressly encouraged.
>
>Themes might include:
>--propaganda, spectacle, truth
>--constructions of ethnicity, gender, race, class or nation and the
>aestheticization of war
>--surveillance, paranoia, voyeurism or imprisonment
>--visibility/invisibility
>--temporality, continuity/discontinuity or narrativization and comprehension
>--relations between cinematic and other representational and performative
>forms (e.g. digital media, television, literature, theatre, visual art)
>--the moment and instant of death
>
>One-page abstracts and short C.V.s should be sent to Conference Convenor,
>Nadine Boljkovac ([log in to unmask]).
>
>Deadline for submission: 17 March 2005
>
>

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