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Studies in French Cinema News (January 2014)

1. Call for papers: Studies in French Cinema Annual Conference

2. PGR funding

3. New books


1. Call for papers: Studies in French Cinema Annual Conference
4 April 2014, King’s College London

The one-day conference of the Association for Studies in French Cinema will comprise two sessions, one on the cinema of Jacques Audiard, the other on the theme of Capital. In each of these sessions, contributors will be asked to present a brief paper of no more than 15 minutes and to participate in a roundtable discussion.

Audiard (chair: Julia Dobson, University of Sheffield)
The international critical and commercial success of Jacques Audiard has bestowed upon him a privileged position as a dominant auteur figure in contemporary French cinema. His tagging as the 'French Scorsese' is
intriguing in its suggestion of a complex set of discourses of auteur identities, national and transnational cinemas, contesting filiations and genres. This session aims to open up Audiard and his work to a wider set of approaches. Proposals are welcome on any aspect of his filmmaking.

Confirmed speakers: Sarah Artt (Edinburgh Napier University), Isabelle Vanderschelden (Manchester Metropolitan University).

Capital (Chair: Will Higbee, University of Exeter)
In the wake of the global financial crisis of 2008, there has been an increasingly wide-ranging and often polarised debate in Europe concerning both the economic ‘solutions’ to the problems faced by the global economy as well as the ethical, ideological and moral issues that arise from what is perceived as the increasingly unjust distribution of wealth in neo-liberal capitalist societies. Such questions have also preoccupied artists and cultural institutions across the arts and humanities, including French cinema. With these events and debates in mind, the aim of this strand of the conference is to consider how the theme of ‘capital’ has been dealt with in French cinema and interrogated by French filmmakers, both in films produced since the 2008 financial crisis but also throughout the history of French cinema.

Our interpretation of the theme 'capital' will be fairly broad and might include:

- Films that take capital as their main narrative focus, or ways in which capital is central to the politics of form, style, genre or stardom.
- French cinema’s response to questions of economic gain, financial crisis and globalization.
- The distribution and circulation of capital, neo-liberalism and the ‘crisis’ globalization.
- Representations of ‘capital’ seen through the prism of class, gender, sexuality or ethnicity.
- Economies of cinema (production, distribution, exhibition)
- The notion of Paris as both a site of capital and a capital city.

Confirmed speakers: Rosalind Galt (King’s College London), Martin O’Shaughnessy (Nottingham Trent University).

Proposals of no more than 200 words with affiliation and brief bio should be sent by 31 January as follows:

Audiard: Julia L Dobson ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), Phil Powrie ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), Sara Dicerto ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Capital: Will Higbee ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), Phil Powrie ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>), Sara Dicerto ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Please note that speakers will be expected to submit a full paper for possible publication in Studies in French Cinema.


2. PGR funding

The French Section in the School of Modern Languages at Newcastle would like to draw your attention to postgraduate funding opportunities in French and Francophone Film Studies amongst other areas.

a) PhD and Masters studentships under the AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) has awarded the consortium of Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen's University Belfast a total of £11.2 million to fund a new programme of postgraduate research training under the new Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (NBDTP).

The AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (NBDTP) is offering 50 PhD studentships and 3-4 Masters Studentships to fund students carrying out research or MA study in the Arts and Humanities at the universities of Durham<>, Newcastle<> and Queen’s Belfast<>, for entry in September 2014. Applications for Masters study are particularly encouraged in the area of Modern Languages. For more information about the scheme, including application guidelines, please see the NBDTP website<>.  Research strengths in French at Newcastle include: French and Algerian cinemas; Popular culture: music, sport, television, new media; 19th and 20th century political thought.

More details about the French section<> and about staff research specialisms<> are available on the SML website. Prospective AHRC applicants should discuss their applications with the appropriate academic contact in their subject area: Film History, Theory and Criticism: Sarah Leahy<mailto:[log in to unmask]> (Semester 1); Guy Austin<mailto:[log in to unmask]> (Semester 2); French and Francophone Studies: Sarah Leahy<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. For administrative queries please contact: Lucy Brickwood<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

2.  The School of Modern Languages is offering the following:

- a full PhD studentship to begin in September 2014 (UK/EU fee waiver plus annual stipend of £13,000 for three years)

- a full MLitt studentship to begin in September 2014 (UK/EU fee waiver plus stipend of £10,000 for one year)
Applications are encouraged in a number of areas including:

- Film Studies (contact: Sarah Leahy<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)

- French and Francophone Studies (contact: Máire Cross<mailto:[log in to unmask]>)

3. A number of SML Masters scholarships offering full UK/EU fee waivers are also available for study on the following programmes: MA in Film Theory & Practice (contact: Sabrina Yu<mailto:[log in to unmask]>); MLitt (Masters by research) (contact: Sarah Leahy<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

Further details of postgraduate study in the SML, funding awards and how to apply are available on the SML website<>. For general informal enquiries, please contact Lucy Brickwood<mailto:[log in to unmask]> (0191 208 5687), or Sarah Leahy<mailto:[log in to unmask]> (0191 208 7492).

Dr Sarah Leahy, Senior Lecturer in French and Film
School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK.


3. New books

Paul Charbon, L'Aventure des Frères Pathé: du coq au saphir, L'Harmattan.

Susan Hayward, Simone Signoret, une star engagée, L'Harmattan (trans Samuel Bréan).

T. Jefferson Kline (ed.), Agnes Varda: Interviews, University Press of Mississippi.


Phil Powrie
Professor of Cinema Studies
Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences
The Elizabeth Fry Building
University of Surrey

Email: [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Executive Assistant: Linda Ellis < [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> >/+44 (0)1483689445
Chief General Editor Studies in French Cinema:
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