SONIMAGE: The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard
While the films of Jean-Luc Godard may appear to be reaching a smaller and increasingly specialized audience with each new release, the continued growth of the substantial critical literature surrounding Godard's work underscores its significant and enduring influence on artists and scholars worldwide. A bilingual, inter-disciplinary conference celebrating Godard's 80th birthday will be held at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada), Sept 16-18, 2010, aiming to map the filmmaker's legacies in the fields of sound and image. This conference will coincide with a major exhibition of the work of Ian Wallace, entitled Masculin-Feminin, to launch a four-month city-wide festival of Godardian research, performance, exhibitions, and screenings, culminating December 3, 2010, the actual birthday of Jean-Luc Godard.
Paper proposals are invited to explore topics such as:
➢ The contrapuntal relationship between Godard's imagery and sound tracks;
➢ Godard’s cinematic innovations in the use of sound and/or image;
➢ Reflexivity and Intertextuality in Godard's films, particularly their discourse on the other arts (theatre, painting, literature, dance, photography, etc...);
➢ Godard and Philosophy;
➢ Godard and Art: including reflections on the nature of art: highbrow and lowbrow, museums, cafés, factories, billboards, and cinema itself;
➢ Godard and the City: its contrast with nature as an out-of-bounds or a competing territory;
➢ Godard and Work (or Labour);
➢ Utopia and Dystopia: the notion of a possible future embedded in the present.
Papers from a variety of critical perspectives (gender studies, cultural studies, postcolonial studies, etc...) will be considered. The committee is considering the publication of a selection of submitted papers. 250-500 word abstracts (in French or English) may be sent via email to: [log in to unmask]
The deadline for proposals is November 30, 2009.
Dr. Philippe D. Mather
Associate Professor of Media Studies
3737 Wascana Parkway
CANADA S4S 0A2
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