The Association for Studies in French Cinema: Annual Conference (2014)
Call for Papers
Friday 4 April 2014, King’s College London
The one-day conference of the Association for Studies in French Cinema will comprise two sessions, one on the cinema of Jacques Audiard, the other on the theme of Capital. In each of these sessions, contributors will be asked to present a brief paper of no more than 15 minutes and to participate in a roundtable discussion.
Audiard (chair: Julia Dobson, University of Sheffield)
The international critical and commercial success of Jacques Audiard has bestowed upon him a privileged position as a dominant auteur figure in contemporary French cinema. His tagging as the 'French Scorsese' is intriguing in its suggestion of a complex set of discourses of auteur identities, national and transnational cinemas, contesting filiations and genres. This session aims to open up Audiard and his work to a wider set of approaches. Proposals are welcome on any aspect of his filmmaking.
Confirmed speakers: Sarah Artt (Edinburgh Napier University), Isabelle Vanderschelden (Manchester Metropolitan University).
Capital (Chair: Will Higbee, University of Exeter)
In the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008, there has been an increasingly wide-ranging and often polarised debate in Europe concerning both the economic ‘solutions’ to the problems faced by the global economy as well as the ethical, ideological and moral issues that arise from what is perceived as the increasingly unjust distribution of wealth in neo-liberal capitalist societies. Such questions have also preoccupied artists and cultural institutions across the arts and humanities, including French cinema. With these events and debates in mind, the aim of this strand of the conference is to consider how the theme of ‘capital’ has been dealt with in French cinema and interrogated by French filmmakers, both in films produced since the 2008 financial crisis but also throughout the history of French cinema.Our interpretation of the theme 'capital' will be fairly broad and might include:
- Films that take capital as their main narrative focus, or ways in which capital is central to the politics of form, style, genre or stardom.
- French cinema’s response to questions of economic gain, financial crisis and globalization.
- The distribution and circulation of capital, neo-liberalism and the ‘crisis’ globalization.
- Representations of ‘capital’ seen through the prism of class, gender, sexuality or ethnicity.
- Economies of cinema (production, distribution, exhibition).
- The notion of Paris as both a site of capital and a capital city.
Confirmed speakers: Rosalind Galt (King’s College London), Martin O’Shaughnessy (Nottingham Trent University).
Proposals of no more than 200 words with affiliation and brief bio should be sent by 31 January as follows:
- Audiard: Julia L Dobson (email@example.com), Phil Powrie (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sara Dicerto (email@example.com).
- Capital: Will Higbee (W.E.Higbee@exeter.ac.uk), Phil Powrie (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sara Dicerto (email@example.com).
Please note that speakers will be expected to submit a full paper for possible publication in Studies in French Cinema.
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