Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference
CfP- 1968 + Political Cinema -
March 22 - 26, 2017 - Chicago, Illinois
While abundant scholarship exists on the late 1960s New Waves, especially on
the French New Wave vis-à-vis May '68 in Paris, scholarship that puts the political cinemas of 1968 into
dialogue with one another across national boundaries is surprisingly
lacking. Well-known, for example, are the
celebrated productions of the French New Wave, especially Truffaut,
Godard and Marker; the British New Wave and the so-called Angry Young
Men; Brazilian cinema novo, especially of Rocha; and the Czech New Wave.
To some extent, this dearth reflects the disciplinary boundaries set by departments each devoted to a national linguistic, literary and cinematic tradition. Yet political cinemas around 1968 often engaged — drew inspiration from and in turn inspired — the new wave of another country, in politics content and aesthetic innovations.
This proposed panel seeks to remedy this gap by examining this interplay in cinemas of the global sixties. It is our wager that it could generate a variety of new insights into film history and film style.
Possible paper topics might include but are not limited to the following:
- the long sixties (not solely "1968" proper)
- the interplay among cinemas of disparate geographic spaces
- minor or sub-national cinemas
- gender and the sixties
- sexuality and the sixties
- class and the sixties
- sound and sixties new waves
- the sixties and experimental cinema
Please submit a 250-word abstract, 5 bibliographic sources (articles or books); and a brief bio (2-3 sentences) to both Christina Gerhardt at [log in to unmask] and Sarah Hamblin at [log in to unmask]. Deadline: August 14, 2016.