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*Call for Papers: Horror Ad Nauseum *

*Volume 6.2 of Cinephile, the Film Journal of the University of British

Deadline for Abstracts: 30 June 2010

Deadline for draft submissions 30 July 2010.

The horror genre continues to regenerate itself ad nauseum. On one hand, the
genre may be liberating itself from the weight of many formulaic
straight-to-video films that have tainted its image over the past two
decades, re-imagining itself through the quintessential films that defined
horror cinema in the 1970s and 80s. On the other hand, the genre has perhaps
reached a moment of hyper-intertextualization to the point where it has
literally mined itself dry of new ideas.

The fall issue of *Cinephile* looks to examine these issues and beyond, with
an eye towards the past in order to understand where the horror genre may be
headed in the near future. The issue aims to focus on two key aspects of
contemporary horror’s relation to its immediate past. First, does the
appropriation of international horror cinema by Hollywood and its many
remakes suggest a perverse turn in the globalization of the genre? How do
remakes embrace, reject or negotiate the cultural elements of the original
for Western *and* global audiences? Secondly, what is the state of horror’s
power to shock? How has the virtual domination of computer-generated effects
affected the horror industry, on both aesthetic and technical perspectives?
Do digital effects add to the genre’s visceral impact, or instead detract
from the sense of plasticity that made the genre infamous in the 1970s and

Submissions should have a focus beyond a mere genre study, with focus on
either horror ‘s special effects (and their fan cultures, technical
aesthetics, and controversial aspects), the (un)changing representation of
gender and character archetypes, or cultural influences and appropriations
of modern day horror (or even historical aspects such as the Westernization
of international horror cinema on VHS, where great effort was taken to
conceal all foreign aspects, compared to modern day practices).

We accept submissions from both faculty and graduate students.

Abstracts should be 300 words and include a short bibliography and
biographical note. Papers should be approximately 1500-3000 words, formatted
in MLA, and submitted with a works cited and brief biography. Submissions
and inquiries should be directed to: [log in to unmask]

Cinephile is the University of British Columbia’s film journal, published
with the support of the Centre for Cinema Studies. Since its inception in
2005, Cinephile has been steadily broadening its readership and increasing
its academic influence, featuring original essays by such noted scholars as
Slavoj Zizek, Barry Keith Grant, Murray Pomerance, Jay Beck, and K.J.
Donnelly. In 2009, the journal adopted a rigorous blind peer-review process,
and moved to biannual publication, available online and in print via
subscription. For more information, please visit

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