EUROPEAN FILM AND TELEVISION

Abstracts are invited for an edited volume, European Film and Television: Crisis Narratives and Narratives of Crisis. In the introduction to his European Cinema collection of essays, Thomas Elsaesser admits that “Any book about European cinema should start with the statement that there is no such thing as European cinema, and that yes, European cinema exists, and has existed since the beginning of cinema a little more than a hundred years ago.” Adopting Elsaesser’s thesis, we also argue that the question of what constitutes “European cinema” is impossible to answer, but at the same time is a question with a variety of correct answers.

This edited collection invites scholars from primarily film, television, and media studies to provide their “answer” from a specific sociopolitical era—the global economic crisis that began in 2008. The recession became a popular theme of economic, demographic and sociological research in recent years; however, the audiovisual representations of the crisis remain relatively unstudied. It is through the filmic and televisual responses to these events that history is mediated, reimagined, and reformulated to depict personal, cultural, and political memories.

What is the position European cinema and television in a post-2008 era of financial chaos, changing views, and humanitarian and cultural crises? Is the theoretical problematic notion of “national” cinema less or more powerful during moments of sociopolitical turbulence? What kind of cultural representations are the preferred mode of European audiovisual narratives from 2008–2016? What are the dominant narrative themes?

Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short bio should be submitted to Ana Corbalán (acorbalan@ua.edu) and Betty Kaklamanidou (kaklamanidou@gmail.com) by 30 November 2016. Authors will be notified about their acceptance by 20 December 2016. Complete essays are due 15 June 2017. All contributions will be subject to editorial evaluation.