CFP: Canadian Cinema in the New Millennium

Call for essay proposals for an edited volume about Canadian films, filmmakers, and film culture (for submission to McGill-Queens University Press) Edited by Lee Carruthers and Charles Tepperman.

This volume will survey the aesthetic, cultural, and industrial transformations of motion pictures in Canada since 2000. Canadian cinema has undergone significant shifts since the 1990s: in some ways, it is increasingly transnational (with global auteurs like Denis Villeneuve and co-productions like Room); in other respects, Canadian film production is more marginal than ever (as microbudget films and new filmmakers struggle to reach an audience). These developments, alongside recent efforts to promote gender parity and indigenous expression at the NFB and Telefilm, speak to the continued cultural currency of cinema in Canada. In response, this collection poses a pair of pressing questions: how is recent Canadian cinema constituted, and what are its new meanings?

We invite diverse essay submissions about Canadian cinema, deploying established critical approaches to contemporary cinema (textual and cultural analysis, stylistic analysis) as well as new critical methods, such as transmedia and transnational analyses, data-based research, and media industry studies. Articles may address French-, English-, and/or indigenous-language filmmaking, and films and film cultures from diasporic communities and international co-productions. Thematic sections of the volume may include: film/director studies; cultures and audiences; industry and production contexts; and documentary, experimental and transmedia works. We are particularly interested in tracing the ways that particular filmmakers, cultural contexts, and production cultures give rise to distinctive stylistic, affective, and textual dimensions of films. Topics these studies might address include:

  • texts and auteurs: studies of individual films, filmmakers
  • examination of stylistic trends, genres, popular cinema and art cinema
  • gender, cultural difference and diversity in Canadian cinema
  • indigenous filmmaking, de-colonization
  • queer and LGBTQ films and cultures
  • film industry contexts, production culture, service/runaway production
  • film distribution, exhibition, and film festivals
  • Canadian film and TV, Netflix, digital platforms
  • independent, avant-garde, and experimental film in Canada
  • recent developments in Canadian documentary film
  • transmedia, new media, and future cinema
  • film policy, agencies, the state
  • film culture, audiences and reception
  • co-productions, transnational cinema in the Canadian context
  • local scenes, regional contexts
  • other topics related to Canadian cinema since 2000

Article proposal/abstract (250 words + bibliography/filmography) will be due on Sept. 15, 2017. Final essays (5000-6000 words) will be due by March 1, 2018. Please send your proposals and inquiries to Lee Carruthers (lee.carruthers@ucalgary.ca) and Charles Tepperman (c.tepperman@ucalgary.ca).

 

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