(7th International Conference in Small Cinemas)

The Jagiellonian University

Krakow, Poland, September 28-30, 2016

DEADLINE: April 30, 2016

The topic of the conference is CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY -- the divisive areas in contemporary societies and the ways in which they are presented in small cinemas today.

CONFLICT AND CONTROVERSY are at the basis of almost every political event communicated in the contemporary media, dominate media headlines and are present in popular culture and film on a large scale. Due to the vastness of the project, we seek the representation of conflict and controversy only in contemporary cinemas, including fiction film, documentary film, short film and private cinema, but disregarding other media like television and internet.

The foremost objective of this project is to examine, from the point of view of both interdisciplinary and intercultural studies, small cinemas and their presentation of society at its most vulnerable time when people experience conflicts of all kinds. Of specific interest is the phenomenon of resistance of small cinemas to social pressure, political influence, national controversies and historical past in the presentation of controversial phenomena in small cinemas.

In their presentation of political and social conflict, small cinemas often face controversy themselves since their presentation of conflict may also be controversial, unusual, strange, or catering to specific audiences. For instance, the range of subjects they deal with is addressed to audiences situated within a defined geographical locality; within a range of specific beliefs and convictions; or, it caters to general audiences interested in an individual topic, such as the protection of environment.

Thematic areas for proposals:

I. Distribution of wealth

      New poverty
      New hunger
      Work Migration
      Pleasure migration (tourism)

II. Stereotypes

      Stereotype – theoretical debate on the meaning, ideology and history of the term
      Origin of stereotypes: antagonism, violence, colonial practices, the politics of oppression
       Racial stereotypes
       Ethnicity stereotypes
      Figuration of the ethnic types
      Influence of film on the reformulation of ethnic types in the social subconscious
       Gender stereotypes
      LGBT stereotypes
      Ethnic/sexual/race/national stereotypes at the crossroads
      Physical, mental disabilities in cinema

III.     Terrorism and the war with terror 
IV.     Exploitation of women and children and economically underprivileged
V.       New aesthetics in small cinemas
VI.      Ecology, protection of environment, biological engineering

Place: The Department of Film at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow

Prof Janina Falkowska;
Associate Prof. Lenuta Giukin;
Prof Krzysztof Loska
and mgr Agnieszka Kiejziewicz (technical matters)

Paper proposals: Please send a three hundred words Paper Proposal to Janina, Lenuta or Krzysztof in English or Polish by the April 30, 2016.

Conference fee:
Academics 100$ US
Students 30$ US


-The Department of Film at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland);
-The Department of Film Studies, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Western Ontario (Canada)
-The State University of New York at Oswego (USA).
-The University of Economics and Humanities in Bielsko Biala (Poland)

The organizers are also planning to release the post-conference publication.

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