1. CFP: Anglo-French Cinematic Relations since 1930
2. Symposium at the BFI: Now and Again
3. Query on star studies teaching
Call for Papers
Anglo-French cinematic relations since 1930.
An international conference hosted by the Department of Film Studies,
Southampton University, and supported by the AHRC.
September 14 - 16 2007
Keynote Speakers: Pam Cook, Sarah Street, Robert Tombs and Ginette
Despite the close geographical, political and cultural links between
France and Britain, the dynamics of Anglo-French cinematic relations
remain critically understudied. While numerous Anglophone studies have
been written on French film - and indeed Francophone studies on British
film - rarely do these works account for the dialectical interplay
between the two at the levels of production, distribution, exhibition
and reception. In order to redress this balance, this conference will
examine the two-way flow of cinematic traffic between France and Britain
from 1930 to the present, filling gaps in our knowledge of British and
French film and personnel in transit, and asking what this reveals about
the respective cultures. The conference will hopefully also have
implications for the study of Anglo-French relations more generally, and
the study of European cinema as a whole, moving away from the Hollywood
/ Europe axis which has dominated studies of cross-cultural traffic and
replacing it with an engagement with inter-European exchange.
The event will run alongside an exhibition, 'French Cinema in Britain,
1930-present', at the Harbour Lights Cinema, Southampton. It will also
feature a panel of industry experts, discussing issues in the
distribution, exhibition and promotion of French cinema in the UK.
Papers are invited on, but not limited to, the following topics:
* Production Contexts
* Distribution and Exhibition
* Institutional Discourses
* Stars and Auteurs
* Receptions and Perceptions
* Criticism and Theory
A selection of the papers accepted for the conference will be gathered
together for a related publication.
Please send a proposal of 200 - 300 words for a paper of approx. 20
minutes, together with a brief biographical note by April 30th 2007 to
the conference organisers, Lucy Mazdon ([log in to unmask]
<mailto:[log in to unmask]> ) and Catherine Wheatley
([log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> ), Film Studies,
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UK.
"NOW (AND AGAIN): RE-ENACTMENT AND THE MOVING IMAGE"
This symposium takes place at BFI Southbank, London (formerly the
National Film Theatre), next Friday and Saturday (27th-28th April 2007)
For full details, visit: http://www.unreal.as/nowandagain/now.htm
Participants include numerous key contemporary artists and filmmakers
whose recent work has explored the possibilities of re-enactment as a
creative and critical tool:
Jeremy Deller (whose re-enactment of the BATTLE OF ORGREAVE was filmed
by Mike Figgis in 2001)
Rod Dickinson (creator of the MILGRAM RE-ENACTMENT, 2002, and the WACO
Nina Pope (co-director with Karen Guthrie of BATA-VILLE: WE ARE NOT
AFRAID OF THE FUTURE, 2005, and of the forthcoming LIVING WITH THE
Amie Siegel (director of BERLIN REMAKE, 2005, and DEATH STAR, 2006)
Penny Woolcock (director of THE DEATH OF KLINGHOFFER, 2003, THE
PRINCIPLES OF LUST, 2003, and MISCHIEF NIGHT, 2006)
Numerous films will be screened during the symposium, including Leonce
Perret's remarkable and rarely seen LE MYSTERE DES ROCHES DE KADOR
(1912). Organised by the Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual
Cultures at Roehampton University and UnReal in collaboration with BFI
Southbank, this symposium forms part of the "After the Fact:
Re-enactments" season of screenings, exhibitions and events currently
taking place in the cinemas, studio and gallery at BFI Southbank.
For full details of the season, and to book tickets for all events and
screenings (including the symposium), call the box office on
+44-(0)20-7928-3232 or visit:
Co-Director, Centre for Research in Film and Audiovisual Cultures
Could those colleagues working in French/ European Film Studies please
indicate whether a course on Stars or any aspect of Stardom is offered
within the film provision at your institution?
I would be very grateful if you could send me (directly, not to the
list) the title of the course, the course convenor, and the institution.
Thanks and best wishes,
Prof. Lisa Downing
Chair of French Discourses of Sexuality
Director of the Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and
Gender in Europe (CISSGE)
Director of Postgraduate Studies (SALL)
School of Arts, Languages and Literatures
University of Exeter
The Queen's Drive
Exeter EX4 4QH
CISSGE home page: http://www.sall.ex.ac.uk/centres/cissge/
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