CFP: European Film Cultures


European Film Cultures: An International Conference
8-9 November 2013, Lund University, Sweden

ECREA Film Studies Section Interim Conference

The study of film as culture and of filmcultures has been an expanding area of study in recent years. The aim of this two-day conference is to focus on the most recent developments anddiscussdifferent ways of analyzing film in cultural contexts, as well as film as a cultural product, with the aim to debatehow different methodologies and perspectives can inspire each other in productive ways.

The European film industry is currently undergoing profound transformations on account of important economic, technological and cultural reasons. The internationalization of markets, the impact of the digital revolution, the repositioning of Europe on the global scene are some of the factors that currently impact on ideas and practices of European cinema.

The centrality of film to European cultures is both reaffirmed today and challenged by these radical changes. Thinking of film as culture and as a cultural product is essential to our understanding of the evolution of European cinemas within both industrial and creative contexts, and to an assessment of their role in and contribution to our societies. The conference is in dialogue with, and aims to contribute to, recent scholarship that focuses on cinema's participation in a network of relationships that connect cultural practices and economic realities, technological innovation and industrial production, policy and creativity.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Daniel Biltereyst, Centre for Cinema and Media Studies, Ghent University, Belgium. Provisional title: Multiple audiences: Revisiting historical film reception.

Professor Paul McDonald, Chair in Creative Industries, Department of Culture, Film and Media, University of Nottingham, UK
Provisional title: Reflections on the 'industry turn' in Film Studies.

We welcome papers on:

  • film production as a creative industry
  • evolving cultural practices and technologies of film distribution and consumption
  • film as culture, cultural functions of film
  • film festival studies
  • film culture and celebrity culture
  • national and transnational film cultures
  • European film culture in a global perspective
  • national and transnational film genres
  • private and amateur film cultures, as well as documentary and avant-garde
  • history of film culture
  • film as media event, film and the tourist industry
  • film audiences and the social experience of cinema-going
  • film between art and popular culture
  • film and fan culture
  • digital and onlinefilm cultures
We welcome proposals either as open call or as a part of a pre-constituted panel. Abstract submission deadline is 31 May 2013, and notification will follow shortly thereafter (around 30 June 2013). You do not have to be a member of ECREA to participate in the conference. Please submit your proposal to, Helle Kannik Haastrup Associate Professor, Roskilde University, Denmark.

Proposals should include title, abstract (max 150 words), 3-5 key bibliographical references, name of the presenter and institutional affiliation. Panel organizers are asked to submit panel proposals including a panel title, a short description of the panel and information on all the papers as listed above. Panels may consist of 3-4 speakers with a maximum of 20 minutes speaking time each. When you write your proposal, please remember that the conference language is English.

The conference will be held at the Centre for Languages and Literature at Lund University, Sweden. Lund is among the oldest cities in Sweden, and can easily be reached via the airports in Copenhagen and Malmö. Further information on travel and accommodation will be given by the time papers are accepted.


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