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Fri, 9 Sep 2005 21:32:49 -0400
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_New Review of Film and Television Studies_ invites proposals for a 
special issue on South Eastern European Cinema.
Special Issue Editor: Sasha Vojkovic (University of Zagreb & University 
of Rijeka)

Currently, there is an ongoing re-focusing of attitudes on the European 
continent: In the Western part of Europe multiculturalism seems to be 
on the verge of becoming a myth whereas in the South Eastern part (the 
politically correct term for the notorious Balkans), it is on the verge 
of becoming reality. Considering the recent political events in Western 
Europe it is possible to conclude that the concept of the Balkans as a 
disintegrated region fraught with ethnic antagonisms may be a shifting 
one. Accordingly, the Balkans, described by historian Maria Todorova as 
"a repository of negative characteristics against which a positive and 
self-congratulatory image of the 'European' and the 'West has been 
constructed," may just become a thing of the past.

The complexities, contradictions and blind spots bound up with identity 
formation in particular in the countries of former Yugoslavia can be 
taken as an example of and as interrelated with the politics of 
European dis/integration; from striving toward democracy and/or 
subverting the norms and values of the communist system in the most 
radical ways, to the affirmation of separate nation states, seeking 
ways to cope with the political chaos and finally, exploring the 
possibilities of coexistence.

We welcome papers (6-8,000 words) that explore the role of film and 
media in shaping the cultural and national identity in the region of 
South Eastern Europe in the communist and post communist era but we are 
especially interested in the most recent, post Yugoslav war phase. Of 
particular relevance is the role of film and media in speeding up (or 
complicating) the process of democratization and recuperating (or 
putting pressure on) national subjectivities.

We encourage contributions surrounding but not limited to these themes.

Please send inquiries and abstracts (2-300 words) to Sasha Vojkovic, at 
[log in to unmask] or to Dr. S.Vojkovic, Academy of Dramatic 
Arts, University of Zagreb, Trg Marsala Tita 5, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia.

Deadline for abstracts: January 31, 2006.
Deadline for submission of papers: January 31, 2007.

 From 2006, the _New Review of Film and Television Studies_ will 
published three times a year by Routledge:
Founding editor: Warren Buckland

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