Call For Papers
Imagining Iran: A Symposium on Iranian Cinema
The conveners of Imagining Iran are now calling for papers from academics,
postgraduates, writers and industry practitioners to present 20 minute
papers at a one-day symposium to be held in the School of Media, Film and
Theatre at the University of New South Wales in mid-November 2005 (date to
Over the past decade Iranian cinema has been the subject of immense
international attention and critical debate, often being the primary topic
of discussions around the question of contemporary 'art cinema' and the
continuing formal and philosophical evolution of film itself. This
symposium seeks to bring local scholars together to consider the
phenomenon not only of the Iranian cinema itself from a variety of
different perspectives, but also the extraordinary international response
it has received in frequently being offered as primary evidence for a
'world cinema' feasibly outside the economic, cultural and conceptual axis
of 'Hollywood'-style approaches to feature filmmaking.
The purpose of the symposium is to bring together scholars working on
various aspects of Iranian cinema, in order to exchange and disseminate
research in this area and to generate future possible scholarly
collaborations in this lively field of study.
Scholars working in related fields (eg. media, visual arts, theatre etc.)
are also invited to submit proposals.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
The work of individual directors
Pre- and Post- Revolutionary Cinema
Women, feminism, gender
The role of children and children’s cinema
Iranian cinema and contemporary cinephilia
The international critical reception of Iranian cinema
Iranian cinema and conceptions of film history
Cinema and Islam
Iranian diasporas (incl. filmmaking and reception)
Teaching Iranian cinema
Theoretical and conceptual aspects
For more information please contact the conveners:
Dr Michelle Langford [log in to unmask] phone: +61 (0)2 9385 4489
Dr Hamish Ford [log in to unmask]
Please submit a 300 word proposal stating the topic, aims and scope of the
paper along with a brief CV (no more than 1 page) via email to Michelle
Langford by the deadline.
Deadline for proposals: Friday 23 September, 2005.
Successful proposals will be notified ASAP after this date.
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