Call for Papers:

Reframing the Nation: Racialized & Queer Diasporic Women of Colour and Queer Indigenous Canadian Independent Women Filmmakers 1990-2020.  


Reframing the Nation is the first critical film anthology from an intersectional Canadian context that is dedicated to a close engagement with the films produced by racialized and queer diasporic women and queer indigenous independent women filmmakers in Canada.  This collection charts the cinematic visions and perspectives of first and second generation racialized diasporic and Queer BIack, Indigenous, Women of colour Canadian Independent Women Filmmakers working from 1990-2020.  Works considered can be shorts and/or features that are independent Canadian productions. 


Independent film tends to reflect an artistic practice that is rooted in personal, political, formal, aesthetic, cultural and/or social concerns, they are typically arts council funded and/or co-produced with other agencies.  A central component of independent film is that the filmmaker maintains artistic/editorial control over their work.  Comparative papers between Canadian productions and international productions are encouraged.


Please Submit Abstracts (300 words) & short bios (125 words) by November 27, 2020 
Notification of acceptance: December 17, 2020
Submission of Papers: 12-15 pages preferred, to a maximum of 5,000 words.
Final Draft Due: June 14, 2021
Please direct all inquiries to: (will answer any questions before the abstract deadline)


Submissions may consider the following: 


  • Documentary, Narrative, Experimental features, short film, hybrid films and activist documentaries with artistic approaches from Intersectional perspectives.
  • Cultural identities and diasporic aesthetics: the merging of aesthetics and politics; to explore space/place, fragmented uprooted identities, home and belonging, intersectional identities, politics of displacement, contesting dominant narrative of Canada as a nation etc.
  • Theorizing and analyzing diasporic works by Canadian racialized women or queer/trans women of colour, black and indigenous women filmmakers from decolonial, post-colonial, queer diasporic or transnational contexts.
  • Thematic or textual analysis of a feature film or (body of films) by a sole woman of colour filmmaker, comparative analyses of two artists or short works by multiple filmmakers
  • Aesthetic/formal approaches in documentary, narrative, experimental, and hybrid film
  • Historiography of film/video production by women of colour and indigenous women in Canada (1990-2020) you may reference earlier works in passing.
  • Festivals & Distributors that supports works by Indigenous women filmmakers and women of colour filmmakers in Canada.
  • Reception and audience studies of works produced by Indigenous/women of colour   in Canada.
  • Thematic analyses of intersectional representations of social justice issues or settler nation
  • The decolonial use of technologies (digital and film) in works by Canadian racialized/queer diasporic and indigenous women filmmakers in Canada.
  • Queer & Transgender films by Indigenous and women of colour filmmakers in Canada.



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