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CFP: Reminder: Street Takes - International conference hosted by Project on European Cinemas (Jan 15 2008 - Prises de rue/Street Takes - Sep 18-20 2008)

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Call for Papers

 

Prises de rue - Street Takes

Streets and Roads in European Cinemas - Rues et routes dans les cinémas européens

 

International conference organized by the Project on European Cinemas (PEC)

(Karin Bauer, Eugenio Bolongaro, Michael Cowan, Viva Paci, Will Straw, Alanna Thain)

 

Montreal, 18-20 September 2008

 

Streets and roads constitute perhaps one of the most self-reflexively charged spaces in film history and theory. The very acquisition of a specific mobile point of view through traveling shots in early cinema overlapped with the discovery of the street as a filmic space, and streets have held out a singular fascination for filmmakers and film theorists ever since. On the one hand, the street has formed the privileged locus for efforts to reclaim a specific authenticity for the filmic medium. Whether seen as the space of the "social" (the Weimar street film), the locus of the event and the encounter (neorealism), or the sphere of political action (1960s), the street has consistently been imagined as a counterpart to the controlled environments of the home, the workplace or the film studio. On the other hand, streets and roads have offered a frequent topos for working through problems of narrative, history (whether cultural, political or technological) and geography. From road movies to migration films, the cinema has continually been attracted to roads and routes as a forum for conceptualizing temporal and spatial trajectories.

 

A glance at recent European film shows that this investment in streets and roads as filmic spaces has hardly abated today. For its inaugural conference, the Montreal Project on European Cinemas seeks to probe the question of how filmic constructions of the street have been transformed within the context of the "New Europe." How have changes in European geography (unification, expansion, globalization), concepts of history (from declarations of the "end of history" to the return of the political) and not least of all audiovisual technologies (video, digital, satellite, etc.) affected the way streets and roads are portrayed in recent film. What hopes and fears do filmic streets embody today? While the focus of the conference will be on recent film and video, we encourage transhistorical approaches. Submissions welcome in English or in French.

 

Possible topics include:

 

*	Streets, trajectories, narrative, history
*	Streets vs. Roads vs. Highways: differences and overlap
*	The street between movement and stasis; the legacy of the flâneur
*	Legacy of the street as public space; events, politics, conflicts
*	Legal aspects of street takes/taking the street
*	Surveillance, mapping and control spaces
*	Virtual streets, virtual travel
*	Modes of transportation
*	Mental geographies and the role of routes in the imagining the new Europe; migration; national vs. transnational routes.
*	Street as subject: does the street have eyes?
*	Street sounds: "direct sound," ambient sound, etc.
*	Theorizing the street: the street and contemporary film theory

 

Please send abstracts (max. 250 words) accompanied by a short bio-bibliography and the titles of works treated in the proposed presentation to [log in to unmask] by January 15th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appel à contributions

 

Prises de rue - Street Takes

Streets and Roads in European Cinemas - Rues et routes dans les cinémas européens

 

Colloque international organisé par le PEC : Project on European Cinemas

(Karin Bauer, Eugenio Bolongaro, Michael Cowan, Viva Paci, Will Straw, Alanna Thain)

 

Montréal, 18-20 septembre 2008

 

Les rues et les routes sont des espaces chargés de sens dans la représentation, l'histoire et la théorie du cinéma. La conquête d'un point de vue mobile au moyen du traveling dans le cinéma des premiers temps a coïncidé avec la découverte de la rue comme espace filmique, et les rues n'ont cessé de fasciner réalisateurs et penseurs du cinéma depuis lors. 

 

D'une part, la rue occupe une place privilégiée dans les tentatives récurrentes de définir le cinéma comme médium qui produit des représentations authentiques. Considérée comme espace social (le Strassenfilm de Weimar), comme lieu de l'événement, de la rencontre ou de l'apparition (néoréalisme) ou comme plaque tournante de l'action politique (production des années soixante et soixante-dix), la rue a été imaginée en contrepoint aux environnements contrôlés que sont l'espace domestique, le lieu de travail ou encore le studio de cinéma. D'autre part, les rues et les routes ont permis aux cinéastes de mettre à l'épreuve des choix de narration, des questions d'histoire (tant culturelle que politique ou technologique) et de géographie. Du road movie aux films de migration, le cinéma n'a cessé d'être attiré par les rues et les routes dans la mesure où celles-ci permettaient de conceptualiser des trajectoires spatiales et temporelles. 

 

Il suffit de considérer le cinéma européen récent pour se rendre compte de la persistance de l'intérêt des cinéastes pour les rues et les routes. Le colloque inaugural du groupe Project on European Cinemas se propose ainsi d'examiner les transformations subies par les constructions cinématographiques de la rue dans le contexte de la « nouvelle Europe ». Comment les changements dans la géographie européenne (unification, expansion, mondialisation), les nouvelles catégories historiques (de la « fin de l'histoire » au « retour du politique ») et les nouvelles technologies audiovisuelles (vidéo, numérique, satellite, etc.) ont-elles affecté les représentations de la rue au cinéma? La production cinématographique et vidéo récente sera au centre des travaux du colloque, mais nous encourageons aussi les approches transhistoriques. 

 

Sujets possibles :

*	Rues, trajectoires, récit, histoire
*	Rue vs. route vs. autoroute : continuités et ruptures
*	La rue entre mouvement et arrêt : le « flâneur » aujourd'hui
*	Rue comme espace public : événements, happenings, politique, conflits
*	Filmer la rue/prendre la rue : aspects légaux
*	Surveillance, cartographie et contrôle de l'espace
*	Rues et routes virtuelles, voyages virtuels 
*	Moyens de transport
*	Les géographies imaginaires et le rôle des routes dans l'articulation de la nouvelle Europe; migration ; itinéraires nationaux vs. transnationaux.
*	La rue comme sujet et point de vue: la rue a-t-elle des yeux ?
*	Sons de rue : son direct, environnements sonores, etc.
*	Théoriser la rue : la rue dans la théorie du cinéma contemporaine

 

Nous vous prions d'adresser votre proposition (max. 250 mots) et une courte bio-bibliographie dans l'une des deux langues du colloque (anglais et français), ainsi que la liste des films et/ou des oeuvres vidéo étudiés, au comité du PEC avant le 15 janvier 2008 : [log in to unmask]

 
 
 
 
 
Michael Cowan
Assistant Professor
Department of German Studies
688 Sherbrooke Street West, Room 425
Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1
Tel.: 514-398-3648
Fax: 514-398-1748
<http://www.mcgill.ca/german/faculty/cowan/>  

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