Book Announcement: Thinking Reality and Time through Film

Thinking Reality and Time through Film now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443844185
Hardback, pp315, £57.99 / $98.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Thinking Reality and Time through Film, edited by Christine Reeh and José Manuel Martins.

Over the last few decades, film has increasingly become an issue of philosophical reflection from an ontological and epistemological perspective, and the claim “doing philosophy through film” has raised extensive discussion about its meaning. The mechanical reproduction of reality is one of the most prominent philosophical questions raised by the emergence of film at the end of the nineteenth century, inquiring into the ontological nature of both reality and film. Yet the nature of this audio-photographic and moving reproduction of reality constitutes an ontological puzzle, which has widely been disregarded as a main line of enquiry with direct consequences for philosophy. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Forgotten British Film: Value and the Ephemeral in Postwar Cinema

Forgotten British Film: Value and the Ephemeral in Postwar Cinema now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443898904
Hardback, pp245, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Forgotten British Film: Value and the Ephemeral in Postwar Cinema by Philip Gillett.

Some films are remembered long after they are released; others are soon forgotten, but do they deserve oblivion? Are factors other than quality involved? This book exhumes some of the films released in Britain over the last seventy years from Daybreak (1948) to 16 Years of Alcohol (2003), and considers the reasons for their neglect. As well as exploring the contributions of those involved in making the films, the book examines such issues as marketing and the response of critics and audiences. Continue reading

Cultural Studies Approaches in the Study of Eastern European Cinema: Spaces, Bodies, Memories

The “spatial”, the “bodily” and the “memory turn” define this collection’s structure, made of an overview study and 12 case-studies of post-1989 Eastern European film and cinema. Concepts like space representation and construction are explored through national cinemas and films.

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Book Announcement: Investigating Format: The Transferral and Translation of Televised Productions in Italy and England

Investigating Format: The Transferral and Translation of Televised Productions in Italy and England now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443816892
Hardback, pp310, £68.99 / $117.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Investigating Format: The Transferral and Translation of Televised Productions in Italy and England by Bronwen Hughes.

This volume focuses on the transferral of a televised format from the country in which it was originally produced into a wholly different cultural and linguistic ambit. It specifically examines the British police procedural The Bill which became La Squadra when the format was licensed to be aired on Italian screens. Focusing on one specific institutional field, that of the formal police interview, the book explores the characteristic features and constituent parts of such institutional speech events: namely, the differential distribution of knowledge and rights to knowledge; the asymmetrical and adversarial strategies employed by the dyadic pair made up of interviewer and interviewee; the sequential and interactional features of answers; the legislative framework which governs investigative interviewing in the two countries in which the format was aired; and the place of the interview room scenes in the overall narrative structure of the televised episodes. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema

Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443811231
Hardback, pp395, £57.99 / $98.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Encounters with the Real in Contemporary Italian Literature and Cinema, edited by Loredana Di Martino and Pasquale Verdicchio.

This volume explores the Italian contribution to the current global phenomenon of a “return to reality” by examining the country’s rich cultural production in literature and cinema. The focus is particularly on works from the period spanning the Nineties to the present day which offer alternatives to notions of reality as manufactured by the collusion between the neo-liberal state and the media. The book also discusses Italy’s relationship with its own cultural past by investigating how Italian authors deal with the return of the specter of Neorealism as it haunts the modern artistic imagination in this new epoch of crisis. Furthermore, the volume engages in dialogue with previous works of criticism on contemporary Italian realism, while going beyond them in devoting equal attention to cinema and literature. The resulting interactions will aid the reader in understanding how the critical arts respond to the triumph of hyperrealism in the current era of the virtual spectacle as they seek new ways to promote cognitive transformations and foster ethical interventions.. Continue reading

Call for Papers: Canada 150 Filmed, 22-23 April, 2017

CANADA 150 FILMED

8th  International conference organised by SACS and the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade

Belgrade

22 – 23 April 2017

Call for Papers

James Cameron, a widely acclaimed contemporary Canadian film director, defines the crux of the filmmaking business in a nutshell: “I’m a storyteller; that’s what exploration really is all about. Going to places where others haven’t been and returning to tell a story they haven’t heard before” (USA Today, May 24, 2013).

As if to confirm this view, on 29th April 2014, the first public celebration of National Canadian Film Day was organized, including widely popular screenings of Canadian films, panel discussions hosted by recognized Canadian filmmakers and numerous debates about Canadian films across the country. Due to a significant print and media coverage and even the recognition in the House of Commons, this inaugural event instantly became a huge success. From this day onwards, National Canadian Film Day has become an annual event held all across Canada with the main purpose of celebrating Canada through Canadian film. The organizers of this national event state that way back in the past it was the railroad that tied Canadians all together, whereas in the 21st century another kind of cohesive track is needed –film!

Inspired by the recent public recognition of film in Canada, the Association for Canadian Studies in Serbia (SACS) and the Faculty of Philology of the University of Belgrade are pleased to announce the 8th International Conference hosted by the Faculty of Philology. Canada Filmed will be held in Belgrade, Serbia, 22-23 April 2017. The goal of the conference is to mark Canada‘s 150th anniversary by celebrating Canadian film.

It is relevant to note that the title of the conference primarily refers but is not limited to films created in Canada and directed by Canadian directors. Any examples of films testifying to Canadian experience and made outside Canada by non-Canadian filmmakers are extremely welcome.

We are pleased to announce that our confirmed plenary speaker is Janice Kulyk Keefer, a renowned Canadian novelist, poet and critic. She was short-listed for a Governor General’s Literary Award in 1987 and 1996. In 1999, she received the Marian Engel Award for a female Canadian writer in mid-career; in 2008, she was awarded the Kobzar Literary Award. Keefer taught literature and theatre in the graduate studies department at the University of Guelph, where she is now Professor Emerita.

Papers to be presented in either English or French are warmly invited from all disciplines as well as from multidisciplinary perspectives. In the general context of film, the Conference would like to achieve a clearer picture of contemporary Canada and its modern sensibility represented through this artistic medium.

The following suggestions for topics move from the very broad to the more particular and circumscribed, but of course in no way do they exhaust the multitude of possibilities:

  • Canada150 on film (changes, achievements, challenges, goals)
  • social issues (abortion, divorce, gambling, gay marriage, prostitution, marijuana and hard drugs)
  • problems facing the Aboriginal People of Canada (Child Welfare Programs, Cases of Missing Aboriginal Women, destiny of native lands, history of residential schools, mythology)
  • Multiculturalism and Ideology of democracy and equality in education, arts, sports
  • Economy, globalisation and geopolitics: challenges and perspectives
  • Class, race, gender, age, minority differences in the context of ethnic and cultural diversity
  • Canada: current political challenges (temporary Foreign Workers, healthy environment, identity politics)
  • Canadian literature on film: adaptations, influences, developments, trends
  • Canada in visual arts: theatre, photography, video, architecture, drawing, painting, performing arts, conceptual art.

Contributions may come from the fields of film studies, sociology, history, literature, psychology, economics, linguistics, geography, arts, architecture, social sciences, philosophy, journalism etc.

Please send the proposals to Vesna Lopičić: canadafilmed2017@gmail.com

Deadline for submissions: January 27th, 2017.

Please submit your theme, a 200-word abstract, your affiliation and a five-line CV. Please download the registration form here: registration-form.

We look forward to receiving your accounts of Canada Filmed stories and to an exciting program.

Cordially,

Vesna Lopičić, President, SACS

Aleksandra Vraneš, Dean, Faculty of Philology

New book drives introspection in the Jamaican film industry

The film sector in Jamaica has often been both lauded on one hand and jeered on the other as an industry which has not yet realised its full potential, both within the local and international marketplace.

Peter Polack, a Cayman-based writer and journalist, has been getting attention for a book he is writing on the Jamaican film industry. Poised as a historical account of Jamaica’s outstanding record as a film location, the book is to serve as an investigation into the decline of earnings in film in Jamaica and will explore solutions as to how this can be avoided in future.

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