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Call for Papers – Conference

Catholics and cinema: productions, policies, power

Oxford Brookes University, 2nd and 3rd September 2011

Keynote speech: Professor Thomas Doherty (Brandeis U)

There has been a renewed interest in how film and religion interconnect and
how religious characters and rituals have been popular subject matters of
movies. Books such as S. Brent Plate’s Representing religion in world
cinema: filmmaking, mythmaking, culture making (2003), Colleen McDannell’s
Catholics in the movies (2008) and Pamela Grace’s The religious film:
Christianity and the hagiopic (2009) have provided an insight into the
representation of religious people, places and symbols in world cinema.

However, over the last hundred years, Catholic organizations around the
world have tried to assess, manipulate, control and intervene in the
development of cinema. This inter-disciplinary conference seeks to examine
and explore issues of power in the relationship between the film industry
and an external institution such as the Roman Catholic Church. In particular
the conference is interested in investigating the various contexts of
production, distribution, exhibition, reception, classification, censorship,
which have been influenced by an organization that has nothing to do with
the commercial enterprise called cinema.

Papers, work-in-progress, and pre-formed panels are invited on issues on the
following and other themes related to Catholics, cinema and power:

- Vatican film policy and its effects (for example the growth of national
and international Catholic film organisations such as OCIC)
- Political pressure on national film legislations coming from Catholic film
organisations (for example influence on national censorship laws)
- Catholic organisations’ pressure on production, distribution, exhibition,
film festivals, censorship, film criticism, technological developments,...
(for example the role of the American Legion of Decency and their European
counterparts in these fields)
- Forms of collaboration between Catholic Church representatives and film
artists and critics (Roberto Rossellini and Felix Morlion’s long
collaboration for example)
- Case studies of individual film productions whose development has been
influenced by the Catholic Church or Catholic organisations (for example
Rossellini’s The Flowers of St. Francis)
- Changes in cinema-going habits and the role of the Catholic Church
- Issues of Catholic censorship which has determined the success or failure
of individual films (such as Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana, Federico Fellini’s La
dolce vita, Monty Python's Life of Brian or Martin Scorsese’s The Last
Temptation of Christ)



Organising Chairs
Daniel Biltereyst
Centre for cinema and Media Studies, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
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Daniela Treveri Gennari
Film Studies, Dept of Arts, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
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Submissions should be:
300 word abstracts with a bibliography of 3-4 titles, should be submitted by
30th January 2011. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full
draft paper should be submitted by 30th July 2011.

300 word abstracts should be submitted to the Organising Chairs, following
this order:

author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body
of abstract, f) bibliography

E-mails should be entitled: Catholic Cinema Abstract Submission

Please use plain text (Arial 12) and abstain from using any special
formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We
acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do
not receive a reply from us in two weeks you should assume we did not
receive your proposal.

It is our intention to publish an edited volume with articles included in
the conference. More information about this will be available closer to the
conference date.





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Dr Daniela Treveri Gennari

Field Chair and Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
Department of Arts
Oxford Brookes University
Headington Hill Campus
Oxford OX3 0BP

Tel. 01865-483460
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http://ah.brookes.ac.uk/filmstudies/

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