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Call for Papers: Foreign Language Film Conference V
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Call For Papers for the fifth Foreign Language Film Conference, to be held at University of Alabama Birmingham in November 2012. Please submit an abstract of 250 words by 1 June 2012.

When: 6/1/2012
Where: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 
United States
Contact: Serge Bokobza

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Foreign Language Film Conference V

"Rights and Representations"

University of Alabama at Birmingham

1-4 November 2012

Submissions are invited for the fifth Foreign Language Film Conference, on the theme of Rights and Representations. In this historic setting of the American South, and in conjunction with Birmingham's 50th-anniversary remembrance of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, FLFC celebrates civil and human rights. Scholars will consider the question of civil rights in international cinematic traditions. How does film as an art and a genre represent civil rights, and human rights? What are the places of rebellion, terrorism, or non-violent resistance in forging individual freedoms, and how is this reflected in national cinematic traditions? How do international films address issues of discrimination, violence, repression, the struggle for social equality? On the pedagogical side of the question, how do films about civil rights teach their viewers about international cultural and political traditions and movements? How are these films incorporated into classroom discussions of global civil rights?

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following general areas:

· Violence of the State against individuals

· Violence of individuals against the State

· Historical representations of civil-rights struggles

· Terrorism

· Individual rights (safety, privacy, speech/expression, thought, religion)

· Anni di piombo, Rote Armee Fraktion, Operacin Cndor, Action directe, Zengakuren, June Fourth Incident, etc.

· Springtime of the Peoples

· Legal battles, changes, (re)definitions

· Groups targeted in discrimination (gender, race, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation)

· Civil rights pedagogy teaching rights through film

· Adaptations of international rights standards

· Cinema as a model aesthetic interpretations of civil rights debates and developments

· Effectiveness: feature vs. documentary

Please submit an abstract of 250 words at by 1 June 2012. All submissions should be in English, including citations. Submission should include presenters name, contact address and telephone number, professional affiliation and status. Proposals for complete panels (related presentations) are welcome, but they must include abstracts and contact information, including e-mail address, for each presenter. Presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes, including any media support.

For questions or further information, please contact Serge Bokobza ( or Rosemary Peters
( Check Website at for additional details on the Conference.

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