CALL FOR PAPERS
"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,
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
New Orleans LA 70118
Prof. Tatjana Pavlovic [log in to unmask]
Department of Spanish and Portuguese
302 Newcomb Hall
New Orleans, LA 70118
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