Call for Papers

Modern Language Association Convention

January 8-11, 2015, Vancouver, Canada
A Session co-arranged by the Division Executive Committee for "Film” and “Twentieth-Century German Literature”
The Contemporary and “Real Time" in Cinema      

When cinema's spectators view events captured in "real time," the effect often, paradoxically, denaturalizes the experience of time. When “chronological” time and narrative time coincide, when they are truly “contemporary” with one another, they fail to reassure and instead estrange and alienate. “Real time,” with its inherent resistance to familiar conventions of narrative temporality, has been embraced by filmmakers for its disruptive potential. (Well known examples include neorealism and the avant-gardes of the 60s and 70s, just to name two.) These troublemaking estrangements and disruptions have been theorized in highly productive ways, by thinkers as different as Bazin, Deleuze and Doane, among others. We invite papers that consider the theoretical implications of contemporaneity and “real time” as they have been explored in film and video. 250-word abstract to Siobhan Craig ([log in to unmask]) and Richard Langston ([log in to unmask]) by March 20, 2014.

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