Call for Papers
The Genius of the (Other) Sytem: The Rise and Fall of the Major Soviet
March 12 and 13, 1999
"The American cinema is a classical art, but why not then admire in it
what is most admirable, i.e., not only the talent of this or that
filmmaker, but the genius of the system."
Many of us know Bazin's dictum, or the uses to which Schatz put it in his
monograph on the American studio system. But how much do we know about
the role of the studio in Soviet/post-Soviet cinema?
The Graduate Film Studies Group at the University of California, Berkeley
invites submissions for its spring conference. This two-day conference
will explore the role of the studio in Soviet film production and will
feature papers from American, Russian, and Eastern European scholars on
the development and destruction of the studio system.
We welcome proposals from a variety of theoretical or methodological
approaches. Papers might focus on a number of topics, including
individuals (e.g. Shumiatsky, Stalin, Pyriev), key moments (e.g.
formation/consolidation of the studios, their wartime relocation to
Alma-Ata), relationships (e.g. the studio and raw materials, the studio
and the star, VGIK and the studios), etc. Comparative approaches are
welcome. Submissions from graduate students are particularly encouraged.
This conference is sponsored in part by the Townsend Center for the
Featured speakers will include Maya Turovskaya, Alexander Pozdniakov, and
Send abstract (200-300 words) by email, fax, or post by 1/9/99 to
Film Studies #2670
Berkeley, CA 94720-2670
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Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama.