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"Lopez, Ana M" <[log in to unmask]>
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"Geographical Imaginaries and Hispanic Film"
“El imaginario geográfico y el cine hispano”

An International Conference on Hispanic Cinemas, November 4-7, 2009
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Crossings and interrogations of geographical borders have been at the 
forefront of much Spanish, Latin American and U. S. Latino cinema.  Moreover, 
the historical project of transnational Hispanic cinemas often appears to have 
been constructed by directors and producers "imagining" audiences beyond 
their own immediate political borders. Theories, films, directors, genres, and 
actors have traveled – and continue to do so – across languages and 
countries.  Spatiality has always played a crucial role in the politics of 
representation, while geographies have been central in production and 
circulation.  The multiple facets of the Hispanic community on screen have 
been marked by its geographical imaginaries.

Travel and translation is emblematic of the cinematic experience in the 
Hispanic world.  Examples range from the Paramount-Joinville-Hollywood axis 
that shaped Spanish language film production in the early days of sound and 
the folkloric films and music-based genres that connected with traditions on 
both sides of Atlantic since the late 1930s until the 1960s, to the more recent 
globalizing project within which the Hispanic sphere is itself part of a global 
network of cultural exchanges. 

"Geographical Imaginaries and Hispanic Film" will take place in New Orleans 
(with the support of Tulane University and the Stone Center for Latin 
American Studies), itself a paradigmatic space of cultural flows, connections 
and exchanges, a territory whose history and identity have been 
shaped/determined by travel and geographic imaginations.  We hope that the 
strategic location of the city and the theme of this conference will draw 
participants from North and South America, the Caribbean and Europe.

Prof. Alberto Elena (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), a renowned scholar of 
cinemas “from the South,” editor of Secuencia: Revista  Historia del Cine and 
co-editor of Tierra en trance: el cine latinoamericano en cien películas and 
The cinema of Latin America, has confirmed his participation as plenary 
speaker for the conference.

We welcome proposals on Latin American, Brazilian, Spanish, and Latino 
cinema that engage critically with these issues by offering new readings of 
exemplary texts and/or bringing marginal texts to light. 

Some potential areas of exploration include:
•	Travel as a diegetic element in films 
•	Borders and margins: real and imagined
•	Frontiers: cinema and geography
•	Human geographies: documentary and ethnic cinemas
•	Cinema and empire 
•	Postmodern geographies
•	Spatiality and the politics of representation
•	Economies and geographies: Politics of co-production
•	The city: Learning from Los Angeles, or New York, or Mexico City, or 
Buenos Aires, or Havana, or Madrid, or Barcelona.
•	Travels and traces 
•	Translations and geographies: traveling theory, films, directors, 
genres, actors

Papers for presentation should be 20-25 minutes long and may be considered 
for publication in Studies in Hispanic Cinemas. Those wishing to present papers 
(in English, Spanish, or Portuguese) should send a title and a 250 word 
abstract by May 15, 2009 to the either of the email addresses listed below. 
Please send your abstract as an attachment to the email. Please include the 
title of your paper, your name (and the names of any co-presenters), 
institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address. Also, 
please indicate whether your presentation will require any special equipment.  
Pre-constituted panels are welcomed.  If submitting a panel for consideration, 
please include a top sheet with panel title, participant names and a brief 
abstract of the panel topic in addition to the individual paper proposals.

Notification of acceptance to the conference will be made by June 1, 2009.

For more information on the conference, location and arrangements, visit the 
Stone Center for Latin American Studies website at 

Prof. Ana M. López     [log in to unmask]
Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
200 Gibson Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans LA 70118

Prof. Tatjana Pavlovic  [log in to unmask] 		  
Department of Spanish and Portuguese		 
302 Newcomb Hall					
Tulane University					
New Orleans, LA 70118				

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