CFP: Film and History Panel at the PCAs (12/01/09; 3/31-4/3/10)

From: Kristen Fallica (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Oct 26 2009 - 08:25:21 PDT

*CFP: Film and History Panel at the PCAs (12/01/09; 3/31-4/3/10)*
Call for Papers: Seeing History in Experimental Film and Media
Film and History Area at the PCA/ACA National Conference
March 31-April 3, 2010, St. Louis, Missouri
Deadline: December 1, 2009

Presenters are sought for a panel on history in experimental media, as part
of the Film and History area at the PCAs.

Although experimental media is sometimes dismissed for abstracting the
realities of social, cultural, and political histories, it is also
particularly well suited to express the complexities—the difficulties and
potential—of representing the past in the present. Experimental film and
media practices are often seen as uniquely able to express critical
histories; that is, experimental visual forms can question or critique
conventional notions and narratives of history in ways that other visual
forms perhaps cannot. This panel will consider the complex intersections of
experimental film and media, history, and culture. How do we see history in
experimental film and media? How is this similar to and different from
seeing history elsewhere? Papers may discuss a single film/project or
filmmaker/artist in focus, or explore a historical question or event across
a range of texts, or examine the intersection of experimental media and
history through a specific cultural or national lens.

Possible topics for Seeing History in Experimental Media might explore, but
aren’t limited to:

-How experimental film and media implicitly or explicitly critique
constructions of history or established historical narratives
-Experimental film as a kind of counter-cinema
-Experimental documentaries that investigate a particular historical
question, event, struggle, etc.
-How compilation films use archival or found images, how these images
function in the present
-The role of allegory in a particular experimental film or project
-How historical narratives are constructed and deconstructed in experimental
-Playing with time and temporality in experimental media
-How representations of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and/or sexuality
function in relation to a particular historical period or event
-Experimental film and pedagogy—visualizing history to teach film, or
teaching history with film

Please email a 250-word abstract or proposal (in the email, not as an
attachment) to Kristen Fallica (email suppressed) by December 1, 2009.

Apologies for cross-posting.

-Kristen Fallica

Kristen Fallica
Department of English/Film Studies
University of Pittsburgh
526 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
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