Call for Papers:

Reframing the Nation: Diasporic Racialized, Indigenous & Queer BIPOC 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 impactful films produced by racialized diasporic, indigenous, and Queer BIPOC independent women filmmakers in Canada. This collection charts the cinematic visions and perspectives of first and second generation diasporic and indigenous filmmakers and Queer BIack, Indigenous, Women of Colour Canadian Independent Women Filmmakers working from 1990-2020. Works considered can be shorts or features that are independent Canadian productions. Independent films tend to reflect artistic practices that are rooted in personal, political, aesthetic, cultural, philosophical, and social justice concerns, they are typically arts council funded and/or co-produced with other agencies. A vital component of independent film is that the filmmaker maintains artistic/editorial control over their work. Comparative papers between Canadian productions and international productions are welcome.

 

Please Submit Abstracts (300 words) & short bio (125 words) up until April 15, 2021
Notification of acceptance: within three weeks of receipt of the abstract.
Submission of Papers: 15-20 pages preferred, to a maximum of 5,000 words.
Final Draft Due: by December 15, 2021. (deadline extended due to pandemic).

Contributions from any doctoral candidates, pre-tenure and tenured faculty doing research in the areas of this collection are welcome.
Inquiries to Contributing Editor: Dr. Michelle Mohabeer (Lecturer & Filmmaker) mmohabee@yorku.ca

 

Submissions may consider the following: 

  • Documentary and Narrative features, short films, hybrid films or activist documentaries with thoughtful approaches. Oppositional and Fringe works also welcome.
  • Analyses of intersectional representations of social justice issues or settler nation.
  • Cultural identities and diasporic aesthetics: the merging of aesthetics and politics; to explore geographies of space/place, fragmented uprooted identities, home and belonging, intersectional identities, politics of displacement, memory and history, contesting dominant narratives 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 feature films or (body of short films) by sole or multiple BIPOC women filmmakers.
  • Aesthetic/formal approaches in documentary, narrative, experimental, and hybrid films (all genres and platforms considered)
  • Historiography of film/video by BIPOC women filmmakers in Canada (1990-2020)
  • Festivals & Distributors: supporting works by Indigenous women & women of colour filmmakers in Canada. Also BIPOC Organizations that support film/media arts.
  • Reception/audience studies of works produced by Indigenous/women of colour in Canada.
  • The decolonial use of technologies (digital and film) in works by Canadian racialized/queer diasporic and Indigenous women filmmakers.
  • Queer & Transgender films by Indigenous and women of colour filmmakers in Canada.
 

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