CALL FOR ARTICLES
Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World
In recent years there has been a renewed scholarly interest in film censorship. This went hand in hand with a broader definition of censorship, new theoretical underpinnings of the concept and an enlargement of research approaches to it. Acknowledging that banning, cutting or other forms of control were not monopolized by authoritarian regimes (e.g. Nazi-Germany, Fascist Italy, the Soviet Union), researchers agree that censorship was and is more complex, and that it constitutes more than simply restrictions imposed 'from above' by state institutions.
While the international literature on the topic is dominated by accounts of the legal and ethical frames, it also tends to deal with the history and practices of censoring movies in a few cases: the US, the UK and some major Western European countries, especially those that experienced dictatorial regimes. In many more countries, though, including those in the Third World, scholars have conducted groundbreaking research on film censorship. Unfortunately, access to most of these publications is restricted to those who read the local language. Silencing Cinema: Film Censorship around the World, a volume edited jointly by Daniel Biltereyst and Roel Vande Winkel, aims to bring together a wider variety of case studies and to foster cross-national comparative research in this field.
This call for articles invites film historians and other experts to contribute a chapter on particular countries or regions. The articles may offer new research, but summaries of works that have already been published are also welcome. The editors prefer articles stressing film censorship within particular geographical boundaries, covering (i) shifts in the legal and ethical underpinnings of film censorship, (ii) structural and institutional changes, and (iii) shifts in censorship practices. Although the editors prefer contributions with a broad time span, papers on particular periods (e.g. silent era) will also be considered. Articles with a narrow focus (for instance case studies of a particular film or director) are not likely to be accepted.
The editors will compose an introduction and a conclusion in order to frame all chapters in a broader perspective and to facilitate cross-cultural comparison. To stimulate further research, the volume will also include a general bibliography and an inventory of important archival collections.
SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL
If you would like to be considered for inclusion in the volume please send a short abstract (c. 400 words) by 15 August 2010 summarizing your contribution. Please also include a short CV and a selected list of publications. The editors will carefully read all proposals and make a selection. As soon as they have come to an agreement with a publishing company, guidelines regarding deadlines (the due date will be no sooner than 30 June 2011), length (probably 8000-10.000 words), reference systems etc. will be sent out to all selected contributors.
Palgrave MacMillan has expressed serious interest in the possibility of publishing a collection along the lines indicated in this call, but a publishing contract with this company (or another global academic publisher) cannot be negotiated before all contributors have been confirmed.
Please send your proposals to Daniel Biltereyst (Ghent University, [log in to unmask] ) and to Roel Vande Winkel (University of Antwerp, [log in to unmask] ).
Daniel Biltereyst is a Professor of Film Studies at the Ghent University, Belgium, where leads he the Centre for Cinema and Media Studies (CIMS, www.cims.ugent.be). He published in international journals and readers, and is the co-editor of The New Cinema History (co-edited with Richard Maltby and Philippe Meers, Blackwell, 2010).
Roel Vande Winkel is assistant Professor at the University of Antwerp and book review editor for the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television. He is the author/editor of various publications on film history, including Cinema and the Swastika: the International Expansion of Third Reich Cinema (co-edited with David Welch, Palgrave 2007).
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