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Scars and Wounds: Trauma on Film in National and International Contexts CFP for edited volume

Scars and Wounds: Trauma on Film in National and International Contexts

We are inviting proposals for chapters of an edited volume based on a variety of responses to the connections between trauma, nation and film. We are looking for studies associated with physical, psychological, structural, infrastructural, cultural and economic trauma, and the ways in which these are represented in film, including documentary and television.

Cinematic representations of trauma are often analysed in the context of specific nations or theoretical frameworks, such as genocide, memory and psychoanalysis. For example, E. Ann Kaplan’s Trauma Culture (2005) begins from a  psychoanalytical premise, while  Roger Luckhurst’s The Trauma Question (2008) deals with trauma on film in the context of cultural politics whilst paying attention to psychiatric and legal developments. Ewa Mazierska’s European Cinema and Intertextuality (2011) focuses specifically on history, memory and politics within European contexts. Trauma is often located, via the aforementioned frameworks, in specific locations and times (for example the Holocaust, the two World Wars from a European-American perspective and, more recently, 9-11). Such approaches have opened up innovative and insightful pathways into the critical treatment of trauma on film. This project welcomes both original turns in such analysis and the extension of the debates on filmic representations of trauma to national contexts and historical events that have received much less critical attention.

Our focus is global and encompasses the 20th and 21st centuries. It includes cinematic responses to such events as the ‘Arab Spring’, genocide in Rwanda, war in the Far East, the recent economic crash in Europe and dictatorships in Latin America and Europe. These areas are illustrative but by no means prescriptive.
We are interested in papers which consider but are not limited to:

   *   The representation of both the individual and group experience of trauma – and the relationship between these –  on a local, national and/or transnational level.
   *   Politicisation of trauma: the depathologising, institutionalising and instrumentalisation of trauma.
   *   The ways in which trauma is exploited for commercial gain in cinema.
   *   Films that are non-canonical and that therefore offer alternative takes on the representation of trauma.
   *   Trauma and congnition, including the representation and repurcussions of, inter alia, amnesia, hypermnesia, memory, inherited trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder and disassociation.
   *   Transnational approaches to the themes.
   *   Aesthetics of trauma.
   *   Ethical debates concerning trauma and film.
   *   The representation of the effects on the agents – or perpetrators – as well as the victims of trauma in film.
   *   The relationship between truth and reconciliation processes and trauma.
   *   Any new theoretical and critical frameworks which illuminate the representation of trauma.

Please send 200-300 word abstract and a brief biography to Nick Hodgin (n.hodgin@lancaster.ac.uk) and Amit Thakkar (a.thakkar@lancaster.ac.uk) by Friday April 25th 2014.

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,

Visualizing Fantastika: an interdisciplinary conference,

July 4, 2014


Lancaster University’s department of English and Creative Writing and Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts invites proposals for an interdisciplinary conference: Visualizing Fantastika.

Fantastika, coined by John Clute, is an umbrella term which incorporates the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror, but can also include alternative histories, steampunk, young adult fiction, or any other imaginative space. The conference wishes to consider the visual possibilities of the fantastic in a wide range of arts and media, which may include, but is not limited to: graphic novels, film, illustrations, games, and other visual media.


Some suggested topics are:

– Visual conventions in cinema and illustration that are particular to a specific genre

– Visuals codes in cinema and illustration that aid in interpreting story (such as mood,

character, plot)

– Adaptations and crossovers between different media

– The effect of the development of technology on visual style

– The visual style of fantastika as a product of its culture and time

– Imagery evoked by non-visual codes (such as music and language)


We welcome discussions of fantastika as it occurs in any medium and form. This one-day interdisciplinary conference will take place at Lancaster University on July 4th, 2014.

Please submit a 300 word abstract to fantastikaconference@gmail.com along with a 50 word bionote by March 15th, 2014.


And join the facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1449792311903590/

Home Movies – Call for proposals


An evening of creative explorations of the moving image…


DEADLINE: 11:59 P.M. 17/02/2014


Home Movies is an evening of creative explorations of the moving image produced by LEAP in partnership with Ludus Dance as part of Lancaster Arts City’s First Friday initiative.

The project will seek to showcase short films from artists, filmmakers, dancers, choreographers, performers and visual artists.

We are currently welcoming submissions from people with a particular interest in contemporary video work which could be presented as part of a live event, or in smaller installation spaces (durational video pieces).

To propose a piece, please fill in the following form and send it back to submissions@talkwithleap.com by 11:59 P.M. on 17th February. We will endeavour to get in touch with all applicants in the following week.

For an informal discussion about your project, please contact Leo Burtin via email leo@talkwithleap.com or phone on 07584 177591 or Anthony Briggs on anthony.briggs@ludusdance.org or phone on 01524 35936.

Please note:

–       We will only consider proposals for films of up to 15 minutes

–       We cannot accommodate technically complex pieces (please get in touch for more details).

–       We welcome submissions that are not written (performance scores, video submissions, photography etc.); get in touch with Leo if you’d like to send your proposal in an alternative format.

–       The event will be run on a pay what you can basis for the audience and the profits will be shared between all participating artists.

More details here: http://www.talkwithleap.com/archives/2175