Call for Papers

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures 2013: an interdisciplinary, international conference

At the Hellenic Centre, London 5-6 July 2013

At a time when news surrounding Greece has almost exclusively been about the financial crisis, it is imperative to redress the balance by examining the productive forces of culture in the country, maintaining that Greece is something more than a country in debt.Greek filmmakers have accepted the challenge of the times and Greek Cinema has continued to flourish yet again within trying contexts.

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures 2013 is an international conference for the study of contemporary Greek film, co-organised by the Universities of Reading and Glasgow, and hosted by the Hellenic Centre in London (www.helleniccentre.org). This 2-day conference seeks to actively help expand the current scholarship in Greek Film Studies, and help promote a more concerted study and theorisation of Contemporary Greek Cinema, reflecting on the multi-faceted contexts of production, distribution and research of Greek Cinema, in Greece and abroad. These discussions and reflections may be placed within, and extend the scope of, current studies in European and World Cinemas. Moreover, key objectives of the conference will be to help create, or further establish already existing research networks and working groups within Greek Film scholarship, and enhance collaborations among researchers. The aim is for this conference to become an open, international and interdisciplinary forum for the study of Greek Film, with the potential for annual or bi-annual meetings maintained, at different institutions internationally.

Keynote speakers:

Ms Angeliki Antoniou, filmmaker

Ms Olga Malea, filmmaker

Dr Lydia Papadimitriou, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at Liverpool John Moores University

CALL FOR PAPERS

We invite papers, posters, workshop proposals, practice-as-research contributions on the broad subject of contemporary Greek film culture/s. Topics may include, but are not exclusive to:

Women and Cinema

Popular Cinema

Genre

Representations of Otherness

Politics in Greek Cinema/Contemporary political film

The National and the Transnational

Film Adaptations

Audiences of Greek Cinema

Representations of youth in contemporary Greek films

Greece/Greek Film in European and World Cinema contexts

History and Historiography

Pre-Contemporary studies of Greek Cinema

Production and Distribution cultures and contexts of Contemporary Greek Cinema

Greek Film Studies/Studying Greek Cinema

Education and filmmaking

This is an opportunity for more established and early career and postgraduate researchers to share their work and experience. Attendance of non-presenting delegates to the conference is also warmly invited.

CALL FOR PAPERS deadline: Monday 25th February 2013

Please send a 300-word abstract for a 20-minute paper and a 50-word biographical note to Tonia Kazakopoulou, Mikela Fotiou and Philip Phillis at:

contemporarygreekfilm2013@gmail.com

Please copy and paste the above address to send us an e-mail from your personal e-mail providers.

Proposals for practice-as-research presentations have to conform to the 20-minute format. Proposals for workshops have to clearly indicate aims, time span and technical requirements (as applicable).

We would appreciate the distribution of this call for papers and wider promotion of this conference through your networks.

Contemporary Greek Film Cultures 2013 is supported by the Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading; the Graduate School, College of Arts, University of Glasgow; the Centre for Hellenic Studies and Department of Classics, University of Reading; the Society for Modern Greek Studies; and the Hellenic Centre in London.

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