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CFP: SCMS Boston March 2012 Eco_Cinema Panel

2011 July 8
by ahageman

CFP: Society for Cinema & Media Studies (SCMS) 2012

Boston, MA

21-25 March, 2012



Panel Title: Eco_Cinema: Objects, Objectives, Objections

Co-Chairs: Andrew Hageman & Salma Monani


Ecocinema studies is going through the propositions, explorations, and revisions of an emerging area of research. “Ecocinema” as the identifying term has itself not yet been codified as a singular signification. This panel seeks to explore this open space and time through papers that push, drag, and/or bend our existing understanding of ecocinema and its modes of critical analysis. In doing so, the panel aims to foster discussion of how cinema form interacts with ecology and ecocritical analysis. We welcome a broad range of historical, critical, and theoretical approaches to this exploration.


Papers might, as the panel subtitle indicates, focus on one or a combination of fundamental matters.


Object-oriented papers might consider what sorts of objects ecocinema studies investigates and what sorts of methodological apparatuses to use. These concerns range from film genres (documentary, fiction feature, Hollywood, Indie, national, regional, SF, transmedia…) to quantitative and qualitative reception assessment to debates over affect theory or psychoanalytical film critique.


Objective-oriented papers might consider which aims this field seems to be taking and/or should consider revising or adopting. These concerns range from the potential for collaboration with filmmakers to debates over ideological and/or prescriptive critique.


Objections-oriented papers might consider the challenges ecocinema and ecocinema studies needs to confront, urgently or otherwise, and which the field can productively benefit from addressing.


Clearly the objects, objectives, and objections cut across each other, and we encourage your paper to do so as well.


To propose a paper, please send your 150-250 word abstract to both Andrew Hageman <> and Salma Monani <> before August 10, 2011. We will notify you promptly as the SCMS panel proposal deadline is September 1st.

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