CALL FOR PAPERS
"Like any powerful text, Hiroshima must be read, absorbed, and recreated by
each generation searching for its own truths" - Robert J Lifton
Hiroshima, Nagasaki and the Nuclear Image in Japanese Film
August 1995 will mark fifty years since the dropping of atom bombs 'Fat Man'
and 'Little Boy' on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
While a great deal of media attention and expert commentary will no doubt
(re)assess this important time as an historical and political event, I am
seeking papers for a critical anthology (to be published mid 1995) which will
concern the manner in which Japanese filmmakers have responded to the atomic
bombings and the broader, cultural manifestation of "nuclear imagery" in
Japanese film and television.
Recent events all add fresh perspective to the growing body of film addressing
nuclear themes, such as President Bush's refusal to apologise for the atom
bombings in a reciprocal gesture for the attack on Pearl Harbor during its
50th anniversary; the Japanese decision to allow its troops to act as UN
peacekeepers in Asia; the arrival by sea of tons of European 'waste' plutonium
stockpiled for use in Japanese fast breeder reactors; and regional
proliferation of nuclear materials in a post-cold war world (China, Korea,
Taiwan, The Philippines).
The anthology will explore the medium's artistic and commercial responses to
perhaps the most significant event of the 20th Century and its legacy.
Contributors might consider essays of 3-5,000 words on the following
topics/methodologies: close reading of individual texts; auteur influences
(Kurosawa); reenactment, docudrama and flashback in Hiroshima/Nagasaki
narratives; historical interview; genre analysis (e.g. nuclear imagery in
Japanese science fiction); comparison between foreign and Japanese renderings
of the atom bombings; non-fiction films; US occupation and film censorship;
animation and fantasy; monsters and nuclear metaphors.
Send proposals (150 to 250 words) or completed manuscripts and a brief author
biography by 1 MAY 1993 to:
Australian Film Commission
8 West Street
North Sydney, NSW 2060
Fax: 61 2 959 5403
e-mail: [log in to unmask]
Note, first line of e-mail message must read "Attn: Mick Broderick"
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