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Call for Papers:
 
Cinema in Iran: Circulation, Censorship and Cultural Production
 
Berlin, Germany
December 16-18, 2011
 
 
Hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, with the Free University of Berlin, Institute for Film Studies, and George Washington University
 
Iran is undergoing a period of socio-political transformation joined to a cultural space that despite binding censorship regulations, circumnavigates restrictive bans and, in the world of film, generates award winning, critically acclaimed masterpieces.
 
In the course of this two and a half day workshop, participants will investigate Iranian cinema as part of Iranís rich media and cultural ecology:
 
Among the areas to be explored and discussed:
 
∑       The contemporary political and industrial context in which films are produced, distributed, and consumed in Iran and the ways in which formal and informal censorship structures and practices impact the industry;
∑       Public debate surrounding film in Iran;
∑       Cinematic circulation and flows among and between the Iranian diaspora and Iranians in Iran;
∑       The role of Iranian cinema as public diplomacy;
∑       The political economy of film in Iran, including piracy and do-it-yourself (DIY) cinematic production such as YouTube;
∑       Conceptions and productions of audiences;
∑       Film as both a formal and informal information conduit in closed or censored societies;
∑       The position of Iranian filmmakers in relation to the socio-political convergences in their country and internationally;
∑       The role of cinema vis a vis television: subject migration, professional migration, content regulation;
∑       How post-revolutionary Iranian films understand transitions and transformation in relation to other cultural productions in the country.
 
 
This event is sponsored by the Iran Media Program at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (www.iranmediaresearch.org/en). The Iran Media Program is a collaborative network designed to enhance the understanding of Iran's media ecology. Our goal is to strengthen a global network of Iranian media scholars and practitioners (the Iran Media Scholars Network) and to contribute to Iran's civil society and the wider policy-making community by providing a more nuanced understanding of the role of media and the flow of information in Iran.
 
Paper presentersí travel related costs and accommodation will be provided.  Following the workshop, participants will be required to complete a publishable paper by a set deadline for an edited volume.  
 
Please submit an abstract of 2-3 pages and CV to [log in to unmask] by August 31, 2011.
 
 

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